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Project by wood_wench posted 02-05-2009 05:09 AM 2769 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cool little project that I made about a year ago in David Orth’s ( one day stereoscope class. David creates unique sculptures and studio furniture, but before he ever creates any sawdust – he creates an electronic 3D drawing. In most 3D drawing programs, you can rotate the camera view angle off of the original image view until you get the perfect pair of stereo-images of a not yet made piece of art you are trying to convince a client to pay you a lot of money to make. Seeing in 3D is believing.

This scope uses stereoscope lenses available on line. The scope is pretty easy and straight forward to make, the hardest part is the bent glue laminated hood, the second challenge is properly routing the recesses that holds the lens. The coolest part of the class was realizing that I could create stereo-images using a common camera, either film or digital. But this is a woodworking site – not a photography forum, but it’s astounding how easy it is to take great stereo-image photos of your work.

The images on the pictured scope were taken of a friends prize orchid – it’s a shame you can’t see it in 3D here.

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 05:15 AM

That is just too cool!

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 05:26 AM

Great! Add it to the list of things I want to make. I’ve been using the crossed-eyes method or a cheap cardbaord viewer.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 08:28 AM

What a neat project!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 02-05-2009 11:08 AM

even just as a piece of art that is cool

-- mwm! Before you criticise walk a mile in their shoes, and when you do criticise you will be a mile away and have their shoes!

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#5 posted 02-05-2009 02:09 PM

I remember these from when I was a kid. I used to play with one at an old great aunts. I couldn’t see what the big deal was all about. I finally found out that they don’t work if you only have one eye that works. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-05-2009 02:50 PM

Just an idea, and my 1st post so be gentle, He He

How abouy posting sterio pictures and we could build a sterio viewer and view them in sterio, wait that wouldn’t work because of the different size screens.

Hmmm OK post it in an Excell file and adj the center column width until it fit the viewer.

Oh well just a thought.

-- Retired 3M'r from Austin TX, Built 20"x 30" fixed Gantry CNC, Hobby Woodworker, Always have enjoyed tinkering with cars, current hobby car is a 1987 Fiero.

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#7 posted 02-05-2009 03:31 PM

Very. very cool! This tweaks my interests in both woodworking and photography.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 02-05-2009 03:58 PM

This is very interesting . . .

I like Dave’s suggestion / link to use SketchUp.


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#9 posted 02-05-2009 04:12 PM

This is amazing. I have an antique stereoscope that belonged to my grandfather. I never dreamed anyone still made them.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 02-05-2009 04:34 PM

Beautiful job!!
FYI – An old man, he’d be over 100 now if he were still alive, called them “stereo opticon viewers”.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 02-05-2009 04:55 PM

Cool! I made one of these last summer, although not as nice as yours. I cut up magnifying glasses with a glass cutter, so glass lenses were only about $2. As Dave R mentioned, folks with glasses can’t get their head in those old ones (people 100 yrs ago had smaller heads i guess:) so I made mine with a large leather visor. I take stereo pairs from a powered parachute, with the two views seperated by about 300 feet instead of the few inches used in close up shots. This creates a hyper-stereo image where mountains and buildings really pop out…better than when you are actually in the air, because the larger perspective makes it as though you are looking at a miniature landscape on a train set. If you have some stereo images you’d want to trade, I have HUNDREDS! Mostly aerial shots, but some landscapes and other things. Mine are mostly in 4×6 format- this is one I took from a friends “real” airplane of a man-made hydroelectric resorvoir by my house that collapsed a few years ago. It is not 4×6 and is set up for cross eyed viewing.

-- Jon

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#12 posted 02-05-2009 06:50 PM

Very cooooooolllllll…........!
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 02-05-2009 07:56 PM

Very interesting… these are really neat!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 02-06-2009 01:29 PM

super cool

-- making sawdust....

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#15 posted 04-23-2009 06:10 PM

Awesome, i want to make a pair, where might i get some plans.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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