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 cday
Yesterday, 16:15
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

We'd like to stick with the final design (using brackets/corner pieces to attach) but he thinks he has that sorted out. The challenging part is going to be to get the acrylic edge ground down to the right degree to put together (since they're not going to meet at a 90° angle). He says it needs a po...
by cday
19 Apr 2021, 14:51
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Cameras for PVC pipe scanner (2-camera rig)
Replies: 13
Views: 1410

Re: Cameras for PVC pipe scanner (2-camera rig)

I probably will set that up. But I'm thinking I'll want to purchase a Bluetooth remote as well because if someone else wants to scan something on my scanner (it's possible my dad might) - then I don't have to have it set up for his voice as well. I would think that a pushbutton switch on the platen...
by cday
19 Apr 2021, 14:33
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

@ Doranwen I would hold off buying acrylic for the moment until the 90º v 100º issue has been fully finalised, I don't know what general timescale you envison for your brother's visit? @ dpc Can we take it that you have at some point built a scanner with a 100º platen, and if so did you use acrylic ...
by cday
15 Apr 2021, 14:27
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

For the platen I had in mind at each end of the ‘V’ shape a triangular block with an included angle of 100º, with the acrylic screwed through two holes drilled in each side. Screwing through the sheet into pilot holes in the block seems better than trying to screw into holes in thin acrylic, as Davi...
by cday
14 Apr 2021, 15:37
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

It's good that you can source acrylic locally, so no shipping charge to pay, and probably not worth going to much if any effort to check other possible local sources such as sign makers. Or source glass if you decide there would be an advantage in using that. David Landin used acrylic, and no doubt ...
by cday
13 Apr 2021, 03:03
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

On the question of the T-brackets, they are the sort of thing you would find in a hardware store, along with angle brackets and things like hinges which you don't need, and screws. I think they would also very likely be stocked at HomeDepot and similar stores. I don't think there should in practice ...
by cday
13 Apr 2021, 02:47
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Cameras for PVC pipe scanner (2-camera rig)
Replies: 13
Views: 1410

Re: Cameras for PVC pipe scanner (2-camera rig)

I have one additional question regarding this area of the build: how do I select a Bluetooth remote to trigger the camera shutter on the smartphone? There are plenty of fobs out there to buy - but what I don't know is if all of them will trigger BOTH cameras simultaneously? Are there any other cons...
by cday
12 Apr 2021, 17:06
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

You could also build that cradle lifting arm assembly from another, more rigid, material instead of small diameter plastic pipe. For example the Home Depot has 1"x2" (0.75" x 1.5" actual) hardwood poplar boards at $1.48 per linear foot. It's easy to work with and would easily take the sort of load ...
by cday
11 Apr 2021, 12:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

I see that David used 21.5 mm plastic tubes: checking a pipe in my heating system, that would be the outside diameter, and looking at the U.S. HomeDepot website the nearest U.S. equivalent would be 1" (25.4 mm) outside diameter, so that should be proportionately more rigid, and I suspect but can't ...
by cday
10 Apr 2021, 07:40
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

To make progress, you need to identify if you haven't already done so all the parts you will need, particularly the lumber (if that's the most appropriate American word for wood or timber) including type, thickness and sizes. I am not familiar with all the details of David Landin's design, which for...