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 mrwarper
20 May 2016, 06:36
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Exploring concepts: glassless, sliding frames as platen?
Replies: 5
Views: 5160

Re: Exploring concepts: glassless, sliding frames as platen?

Why not just hold the pages flat with your thumbs and scrap the entire platen/cradle mechanism entirely? So much of the complication involved with a DIY book scanner are the v-shaped platen and the cradle and the movement necessary to keep the pages flat. Get rid of it all and hold the pages down w...
by mrwarper
20 May 2016, 06:16
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Exploring concepts: glassless, sliding frames as platen?
Replies: 5
Views: 5160

Re: Exploring concepts: glassless, sliding frames as platen?

This one has an adjustable, glassless frame for scanning one page at a time: Monson's Sticks: Cheap Single Camera Rig with Remote Sorry for having gone AWOL, this just blew up my mind, and then I got busy with other stuff. W-O-W. This is almost as good as the ghetto ass scanner in its simplicity, a...
by mrwarper
20 May 2016, 05:17
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Converting Color/Grayscale Text Scans to Black & White
Replies: 34
Views: 38823

Re: Converting Color/Grayscale Text Scans to Black & White

Sorry for going somewhat off-topic -- this is a most interesting thread, and I nearly missed it. Shouldn't this be in Tutorials/How-Tos in the Software and Processing section? (I mean, if it's possible to move threads from one subforum to another)
by mrwarper
03 Jul 2015, 08:47
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Exploring concepts: glassless, sliding frames as platen?
Replies: 5
Views: 5160

Exploring concepts: glassless, sliding frames as platen?

Hi, long time no-scan! While I try to catch up with what I've been missing since my last visit, I'd like to get some comments on several ideas I've been considering. In the end, they all could be integrated in some kind of modular scanner support or easel, which would have different interchangeable ...
by mrwarper
03 Apr 2013, 07:36
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: DIY Scanner for the poor, lazy, and space-challenged
Replies: 15
Views: 19106

Re: DIY Scanner for the poor, lazy, and space-challenged

[...]the biggest problem is to try not to scan too quickly [...] have to go back and rescan this page. Do you have any tips of overcoming such problem ? Not really, just practice and you'll soon get the hang out of it. Also, it seems the lower the scan resolution, the quicker you can move, which ma...
by mrwarper
29 Mar 2013, 07:14
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: DIY Scanner for the poor, lazy, and space-challenged
Replies: 15
Views: 19106

Re: DIY Scanner for the poor, lazy, and space-challenged

Could you paste script[...] Sorry, I apparently misread your previous post. It seems we can paste scripts and such here, so there you are an updated version of mine (the first comment lines should be enough as documentation, if you're still unclear just ask): /* Merges odd and even page scan sets, ...
by mrwarper
21 Mar 2013, 15:57
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: DIY Scanner for the poor, lazy, and space-challenged
Replies: 15
Views: 19106

Re: DIY Scanner for the poor, lazy, and space-challenged

I am really interesting in your scanning method. Could you explain more how to modify those cheap scanners ("trivial surgery" as you have reffered)? With some photos if you can. As I said, out-of-the-box units have a ~1mm gap at one end of their axis. This lets the axis slide a bit laterally while ...
by mrwarper
17 Mar 2013, 12:58
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Using a Cell Phone to Scan Books
Replies: 10
Views: 22499

Very feasible!

Hi folks, I rang up my cousin to make him come over and play a bit more with this idea, and his gadgets ;) I put a paperback I'd normally have to struggle with on my easel, and kept it 'open' with the clamp (the book tended to close itself lifting the 'down' side). Once held down, the book fitted ve...
by mrwarper
16 Mar 2013, 22:45
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Using a Cell Phone to Scan Books
Replies: 10
Views: 22499

Re: Using a Cell Phone to Scan Books

Oh well, I know you did, Mr. Reetz — after all, you replied there : ) The thing is I tend to write too much, and maybe in a way that's too convoluted for many people to read comfortably, so I'm always glad to know one more person waded through one of my posts and made something out of it. Also, than...
by mrwarper
16 Mar 2013, 03:21
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Using a Cell Phone to Scan Books
Replies: 10
Views: 22499

Re: Using a Cell Phone to Scan Books

I was reading 'mrwarper's " DIY Scanner for the poor, lazy, and space-challenged " and was wondering [...] has anyone had success building a scanner using a phone, or am I just dreaming? Wow, you actually read it? Cool! : ) I tried something similar to what you say, working with my cousin. We'd use...