(The book example is World Book Encyclopedia, 1989.)
Step 1: Parts Needed
Step 2: Assemble the camera mount
Step 3: Prepare the page-press
(My pressing pieces are 13 1/4” and my cross pieces are 13”, all cut as indicated relative to the adjustment marks on the tracks – see the second photo)
Use a file to smooth off the corners and edges.
(WARNING: Drilling round holes into the rectangular slots is not trivial and can be dangerous. Wear eye protection, hold the pieces in a vise, etc., etc. I found it easiest to first enlarge the slots by hammering in a tapered tool (a nail set), then drilling the holes.)
Step 4: Prepare the rods
Step 5: Final assembly
(The camera mount can go either vertically or horizontally.)
Mount the camera and check the alignment.
(Adjust the top, locked nuts as needed. Determine the best position for the nuts below the wingnuts, and lock them together.)
Step 6: Copy some documents
(The book examples are: World Book Encyclopedia, 1989, and The Butterflies of Cascadia, Robert Pyle, 2002.)
Step 7: Clean up the images (Optional)
- Rotate the image, if it is out of alignment.
- Crop the image.
- Adjust the brightness and contrast.
- Fix photo aberrations (e.g. pincushioning).
Step 8: Paste the images into one document (Optional)
Step 9: Convert the Word document into a Pdf file (Optional)
Step 10: Convert your Pdf files into word-searchable Pdf files
AND … You saved a few trees by going paperless! Thank you.