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 Moonboy242
11 Sep 2010, 23:57
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Scanner based on Bkrpr, Victoria Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 5461

Re: Scanner based on Bkrpr, Victoria Australia

Very nice! I tried the Bkrprdesign but had some issues with consistently lifting the unit and then re-centering the camera on small paperbacks (6.75 x 4.25 in). Also, there was the issue with lifting the whole thing and shadows created by the frame itself. I was considering using small square (1x1 i...
by Moonboy242
11 Sep 2010, 19:58
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Making the Select Content Box fixed... or disabled?
Replies: 31
Views: 22362

Re: Making the Select Content Box fixed... or disabled?

I'd like to start my thread necro by saying "thank you" Tulon for your work. I think we would all be dead in the water if we had to process scans using just about any other means... you've made it free and very effective. I had some initial problems with platen reflections being selected by ST as pa...
by Moonboy242
08 Sep 2010, 13:31
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Moonboy's First Build
Replies: 16
Views: 7488

Re: Moonboy's First Build

Funny you should mention the spine of the book. I built the adjusting cradle because the space between the two halves can be widened or narrowed to accomodate different sized books and my collections ranges in size from thin magazines to "Medium Octavo" (6 inches thick!) dictionaries. Where I have n...
by Moonboy242
06 Sep 2010, 12:33
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Can I pay someone to scan my books?
Replies: 24
Views: 14641

Re: Can I pay someone to scan my books?

This is in no way directed at anyone. I'd like to play Devil's Advocate here... Let's step away from the actual legalities and the question of whether or not paying for transcribing books for someone else violates fair use and copyright restrictions. A quick Google of DIY Bookscanning shows an incre...
by Moonboy242
05 Sep 2010, 20:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Moonboy's First Build
Replies: 16
Views: 7488

Re: Moonboy's First Build

Thank you... Everything I know I learned right here! It's a very stout build. Heavy base, and the cradle is nice and firm. My arm is pretty much the only real dynamic stress component in the whole build. The articulating arm is solid with little vibration, and the 2 second timer actually negates any...
by Moonboy242
05 Sep 2010, 20:05
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Moonboy's First Build
Replies: 16
Views: 7488

Re: Moonboy's First Build

Tools used included a circular saw, a drill, and a nail gun to tack my angles. The hardest part was measuring the holes for the cradle pins. A drill press is highly recommended for the articulating arm pin holes as any deviation in hole placement will create extra processing at the back end. I didn'...
by Moonboy242
05 Sep 2010, 19:55
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Moonboy's First Build
Replies: 16
Views: 7488

Re: Moonboy's First Build

Scanner Workflow 1. Cue up a long playlist on my home stereo 2. Place book in cradle and scan starting with the beginning of the chapter. 3. Depress camera button, wait 2 seconds for the click, lift platen with one hand, turn page with the other. Repeat. Enjoy music playing in the background. 4. Onc...
by Moonboy242
05 Sep 2010, 19:49
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Moonboy's First Build
Replies: 16
Views: 7488

Moonboy's First Build

Build Type: Single Camera, manual platen, adjusting cradle. Compared to translucent's awesome pro-build my first build (well second really) is very simple. I used MDF for the base and cradle, leaving room off to one side for a potential platen mount. The articulating arm for the camera mount is Pine...
by Moonboy242
05 Sep 2010, 13:32
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Finished my scanner
Replies: 45
Views: 83184

Re: Finished my scanner

Amazing work! I think you just took DIY Builds to the professional level. Can you post a parts list? Even though the materials would be more expensive than using wood, this build would be far less costly than a commercial one and definately something I could build at home over a couple of weekends. ...
by Moonboy242
03 Sep 2010, 08:43
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Regarding cradle slides....
Replies: 3
Views: 2492

Re: Regarding cradle slides....

Thank you. I guess it's time for another redesign and a trip to Loews Depot for more parts. ;)