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 dpc
01 Oct 2018, 12:47
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 72827

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

Thanks. I've built a lot of stuff during my lifetime and made plenty of mistakes along the way and eventually learned what works and what doesn't. BTW, one thing I forgot to mention is that when you're dry-fitting PVC parts together, they likely won't insert as far as they will once you get them wet...
by dpc
30 Sep 2018, 13:44
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 72827

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

1b. Once try, glue the second one on, and place the handle with the two 90 degree elbows on a table (or kitchen counter) and rotate the second elbow so the open ends of both 90 degree elbows are face down to the table (as if the handle was attached to the table and going to lift it). That would pro...
by dpc
29 Sep 2018, 00:41
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 72827

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

Here's how I would glue that handle together to minimize the chance of a misalignment: 1. Glue the two 90 degree fittings to the handle. Getting these to be in line with each other on such a short length of pipe is pretty easy. 2. Glue the two 45 degree fittings to each of the vertical arms. This re...
by dpc
28 Sep 2018, 02:59
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 72827

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

Yeah, I realize you were prototyping and that system you developed allowed for some amount of experimentation. I was actually responding to GenioDiabolico who probably just wants to get his book collection scanned and not mess around with new steel cables and pipe lengths. To be honest, if it were m...
by dpc
27 Sep 2018, 14:39
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 72827

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

I have the 3/4" PVC for the handle and the 3/4" barrel nuts do work but are a bit scary in that they basically are flush with the edge of the outer part of the pipe. IOW, there is only the thickness of the PVC holding them in. If I understand you correctly, you're saying that the ends of the cross ...
by dpc
25 Sep 2018, 18:54
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Dire camera situation 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 18137

Re: Dire camera situation 2017

Just something to try: Does the camera write to the SD card if you don't use your remote trigger? I looked at using CHDK years ago with my Canon point-and-shoot cameras and got frustrated and bought a pair of Canon DSLRs and used their SDK to control the cameras with my scanner from some software th...
by dpc
25 Aug 2018, 15:21
Forum: Chat
Topic: Going to the Maker Faire
Replies: 3
Views: 122580

Re: Going to the Maker Faire

Good luck at the faire! Give us an update on how things went.
by dpc
23 Aug 2018, 17:37
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 72827

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

Glad to see you got things "squared away". You must not have tried the same silicone material that I'm using. The Siconi pads that I have are about as sticky as double-stick tape. I can put one of those silicone pads on the door of my stainless steel refrigerator and it will hold the weight of a boo...
by dpc
23 Aug 2018, 12:24
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 72827

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

It works after a fashion, but I'm still trying to solve the issues of physical drift of the book as I turn the pages. I'm experimenting with clamping dowels and creating some physical framing to hold the book still.

Put one of these under the book and your problems will be solved.
by dpc
15 Jul 2018, 15:00
Forum: HELP
Topic: Flattening a wrinkled page
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Flattening a wrinkled page

Another option: Since you only have a single page to worry about, just deskew the photo and create the text sections yourself in Word. Paste the photo into the document and you're done.