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 Drake Ravensmith
15 Aug 2011, 00:57
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: The New "Standard Scanner"
Replies: 145
Views: 323154

Re: The New "Standard Scanner"

I agree with Clemd. I have no carpenter skills and I managed to get the dang thing built mostly by myself. I did have my wood cut for me but that was it. If I can do it anyone can muddle through.
by Drake Ravensmith
05 Jul 2011, 22:38
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Eye Fi and book scanner
Replies: 5
Views: 5284

Re: Eye Fi and book scanner

Oh you don't have to wait for the pic to transfer before taking the next one. You only run into a delay like that if you're trying to go super fast. I ran a book through at normal speed and didn't run into any camera delays. I did get a couple of pauses when trying s_fast mode but that was only test...
by Drake Ravensmith
05 Jul 2011, 07:03
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Debate: camera positioning -- flexible vs. fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 5574

Re: Debate: camera positioning -- flexible vs. fixed

I haven't done much serious scanning yet but I have the same setup clemd has and I can tell you that it's a little frustrating. Getting the image just right is proving to be difficult because of the micro adjustments involved. I've also wondered if a fixed mount might not be easier but I don't have ...
by Drake Ravensmith
05 Jul 2011, 06:59
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Eye Fi and book scanner
Replies: 5
Views: 5284

Re: Eye Fi and book scanner

I don't know if you saw my build but I had a similar idea. My eyefi cards tend to have a ten second or so delay which makes their usefulness at odd with the ability to scan something fast. I think it would be really cool if someone could come up with a program that would let you take a pic and insta...
by Drake Ravensmith
23 Jun 2011, 05:01
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: "New Standard Build" Day 1 problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4029

Re: "New Standard Build" Day 1 problems

Another thing you have to keep in mind is that sometimes a picture will be taken at a angle that will make things look slightly out of place. After I fixed my cradle/base problem I snapped a quick pic to show that the cradle was now centered. In the pic it would appear that the cradle is still sligh...
by Drake Ravensmith
23 Jun 2011, 03:50
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: "New Standard Build" Day 1 problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4029

Re: "New Standard Build" Day 1 problems

Hi! I'm sorry you're having problems. I hope I can be of help. 1. You must be using Daniel's board lengths of 22" here. Both Clemnd and I ran into the problem you're having. I suggest replacing those boards with 24" boards. If you'd rather not, I also list a few fixes on pages 48 and 49 of my pdf. 2...
by Drake Ravensmith
15 Jun 2011, 16:12
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Drake Ravensmith's build
Replies: 16
Views: 11924

Re: Drake Ravensmith's build

I'm glad you're finding it useful! As for the keyboard slides, I did when I first put the slides on. I touch on it briefly in the pdf. I'm not sure why but the slides were occasionally stopping an inch or so from the top. I found it mildly inconvenient and tried to ignore it. On the next raise it wo...
by Drake Ravensmith
14 Jun 2011, 11:04
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Drake Ravensmith's build
Replies: 16
Views: 11924

Re: Drake Ravensmith's build

Just reading the original PDF... Personally, I don't read anything unless it has aliens, robots, or time travel :D Interesting that you should say that. I've just finished reading the first book in the most recent Doctor Who line. 42 more to go. The only books I plan to scan in the foreseeable futu...