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

Simple Flat cradle for Books

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ganola
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Simple Flat cradle for Books

Post by ganola » 21 Jun 2009, 17:35

Hi guys,

I have been scanning documents with a flatbed scanner but it takes ages and the quality isn't great, so I started to think using my Digital SLR.

I do not scan a lot so I was thinking that to build "the machine" will take me too long. I was planning to scan two pages taking picture with my Slr, the issue are the curves of the pages (as usual).

I was thinking to put a glass on it with some pressure, good lighting and put pictures...

As somebody found a way to do this efficiently?

Thanks guys!

Cabe
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Re: Simple Flat cradle for Books

Post by Cabe » 21 Jun 2009, 21:06

http://www.diybookscanner.org/forum/vie ... p?f=1&t=18

Page 2 has some decent shots showing a simple metal frame around a bit of glass. That the sort of thing you are after?

ganola
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Re: Simple Flat cradle for Books

Post by ganola » 22 Jun 2009, 04:20

Yep, that was what I was looking for.

I'll give it a try and I will let you know how it works.

Thanks for sharing this know how! :idea:

ganola
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Re: Simple Flat cradle for Books

Post by ganola » 22 Jun 2009, 11:10

I went to the shop to buy some Plexiglas, do you have any thickness to recommend?

They have 2,3 and 4 mm... :?:

kentsin
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Re: Simple Flat cradle for Books

Post by kentsin » 29 Jun 2009, 10:35

I guess that using the design of a copy stand, replacing the wood with a acrylic, you can press the acrylic to the opened book and take a shoot.

spamsickle
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Re: Simple Flat cradle for Books

Post by spamsickle » 29 Jun 2009, 20:02

ganola wrote:I went to the shop to buy some Plexiglas, do you have any thickness to recommend?

They have 2,3 and 4 mm... :?:
Ganola, I'd go with 3mm.

Turtle
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Re: Simple Flat cradle for Books

Post by Turtle » 01 Jul 2009, 09:09

Glass is more reliable. It will have a superior optical clarity throughout the years and is trusted for this type of application. The only drawback is the weight. The weight, in turn, will help weigh down the pages.

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