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Project by rjb37 posted 198 days ago 1003 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s hobby is genealogy and she needs to take pictures of old books, maps, census records, etc. The price of these things on line led my wife asking me to make her one and this is want I came up with.
It’s somewhat portable and will break down into 3 parts for stowing. It’s made out of scraps I had left over from over projects. I used white oak, cherry, poplar,pine and a piece of red oak plywood.
The plywood has a pin in it that mates with a hole in the vertical post that stops the outboard edge of the plywood from seesawing off the base.
The cradle that moves up and down was made to fit my wife’s camera phone and the height is based on the largest book that she thought she would need to take a picture of.
I finished it with 2 coats of wipe on poly.

-- accidental woodworker





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Dan Krager

1522 posts in 867 days


#1 posted 198 days ago

RJB37, that’s pretty cool. It caught my eye as I was browsing projects because I’ve learned that taking pictures of potential designs for scroll sawing is a good way to get patterns. I built a cradle using two v shaped pieces of wood and four panels of tempered glass (bounces, won’t break). But I don’t have a stand to position the camera well, so I’ve been looking.
Two panels rest in the cradle to hold books, and two panels rest on the open pages of the book to keep them flat. The camera has to be at right angles to the glass panels, so two camera locations are required.
I use Inkscape to manipulate the pictures and convert them to scalable pattern images. Gotta be careful of copyrights.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Rick

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#2 posted 198 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 198 days ago

very smart, not only a nice project but garner points with the wife. just shows there’s a lot more to woodworking than saw dust – just sayin’

-- Dick, Ohio

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MrFid

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#4 posted 198 days ago

Great job as always Ralph. I was glad to see that everything worked out with it. I hope your wife enjoys it!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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rjb37

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#5 posted 198 days ago

Hi Dan,
your design sounds pretty cool. Is it up on your site? I can’t access it here at work.

-- accidental woodworker

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rjb37

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#6 posted 198 days ago

thanx Rick.

-- accidental woodworker

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rjb37

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#7 posted 198 days ago

Hi Recycle1943,
I’m not one to turn down a chance to make a few brownie points with the wife. She likes it and that’s what makes it worthwhile to do.

-- accidental woodworker

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rjb37

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#8 posted 198 days ago

Hi MrFid
thanx – my wife has already used it and figured out a way to put some clip on lamps.

-- accidental woodworker

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leafherder

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#9 posted 197 days ago

Great job!

I used to work in the Archives of the State Historical Society (helping genealogists like your wife find the records they wanted). The correct technical name for your apparatus is “Portable Planetary Camera” – just in case she needs to explain what it is to an Archivist or Librarian who might not be familiar with the phrase “Document Picture Taker”. :) I have known many genealogists who would have loved to have one of these. I hope she puts it to good use and is successful in her hunt for ancestors – and I am sure that many archivists will appreciate her using this – taking photos with one of these does not damage the documents the way a standard photocopier or scanner does.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Dan Krager

1522 posts in 867 days


#10 posted 197 days ago

My setup is hardly picture worthy, and I don’t think I have pics of it. I’ll put it on the round tuit…
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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jimmyhopps

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#11 posted 191 days ago

is that a coal fired furnace in the background?

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