Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by Oxford eBooks
10 Jul 2012, 18:00
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Chicago Build of Hackerspace Scanner
Replies: 3
Views: 3674

Re: Chicago Build of Hackerspace Scanner

Sweet mother of mercy, that was fast! :)

Well done chap.
by Oxford eBooks
09 Jul 2012, 16:58
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

Re: Oxford eBooks scanner

Thanks Dr. And so to the book cradle. I've tried something a little different here and have constructed a mechanism to crank the right hand leaf open and closed to accomodate varying spine widths. I started with a threaded rod, turned down on both ends to form a shoulder. (Hugs Lathe.. :ugeek: ) In ...
by Oxford eBooks
09 Jul 2012, 04:45
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: why L brackets (and not full alu profiles)?
Replies: 5
Views: 4566

Re: why L brackets (and not full alu profiles)?

See my build thread. I've used aluminium angle for mine and at the very least, I think it LOOKS nicer. In my mind it also seems safer and should put less stress on the glass when the book cradle is coming up and down. It's a busy place here, so I am anticipating the scanner being used in a bit of a ...
by Oxford eBooks
08 Jul 2012, 12:30
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

Well, hello there!

Well, that's pretty much got the platern module finished. I put on a much better bracket for the glass. The plastic angle was just too flimsy and I was in fear of the glass slipping out and cutting me to pieces. The whole frame is glued together now and it's rock solid. I used strips of self-adhesiv...
by Oxford eBooks
22 Jun 2012, 04:34
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

Re: Oxford eBooks scanner

...since the lathe at my makerspace got totalled by someone driving their car through the wall. Man, that's crazy! If anyone goe video of that maybe at least you can get some solice from a few hundred dollars selling it to TV. Not sure what the U.S equivelant of "You've been framed" is though. Yep,...
by Oxford eBooks
21 Jun 2012, 16:08
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

Re: Oxford eBooks scanner

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7127/7415899490_7b9d9e275f_d.jpg Cute little screw and nut for securing the camera turned this afternoon. The camera end thread seems to be imperial pitch so there were a few nervous minutes when I had to set the change-gears in my lathe for the first time to cut the t...
by Oxford eBooks
12 Jun 2012, 04:55
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

Re: Oxford eBooks scanner

OKay, well I'm impressed. Even with the lashed-together configuration I have right now, I scanned my second book this morning and it was a fast as flipping pages. The OCR software pulled the images off the camera and they're as crisp as if I'd taken to the book with a scalpel and a flad-bed scanner....
by Oxford eBooks
11 Jun 2012, 19:32
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

Re: Oxford eBooks scanner

I'm curious about something in the way that you've secured the glass to the frame. In the first photo in this thread, you can see the rabbet along the frame edge that the glass fits into (this keeps the sharp glass edge from being exposed). However, in your latest photo, you've gone to using what a...
by Oxford eBooks
11 Jun 2012, 19:28
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

Re: Oxford eBooks scanner

daniel_reetz wrote:I love seeing this thing come together. Which cameras are you testing with?
I'm using a Canon powershot G5
by Oxford eBooks
11 Jun 2012, 16:32
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Oxford eBooks scanner
Replies: 27
Views: 17229

First test of the platen module - a commercial success

The platen module is now glazed and seen here undergoing a first simple test to OCR a children's reference book. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/7177708517_6d62b52b2e_d.jpg The lighting is jury-rigged and as it was pouring with British summer rain all day, I didn't fancy going up to the workshop ...