Keyboard Builders' Digest
Save 5% at pkkeyboards! Code: KBDNEWS
Keyboard Builders' Digest / Inspiration

Apple Ergo Mech Keyboard

Apple ergo split mechanical keyboard? No, not that Apple. JMAWWorks carved this beautiful case out of curly apple wood.
Published May 24, 2023

This apple split was Jeremy Wright's (aka JMAWWorks) first attempt at several things, including upgrading his WFH setup, split ergo keyboards in general, Colemak layout, and designing & building a case as well.

Curly Apple wood from a neighbor’s cut down tree, not Palo Alto – JMAWWorks.

The beautiful case conceals a W-Ergolite wireless split keyboard from, with Gateron Wisteria switches and Nuphy Shiokaze keycaps. The overall height of the build is 22 mm.

While I’ve worked at a computer for decades, I’ve never been a touch typer. As an engineer, I sometimes obsess about optimization and ergonomics. So I thought it was a good opportunity to finally learn to type with QWERTY alternatives and treat myself to some desktop bling. What started out as a simple desire for an upgraded experience, quickly turned into massive research comparisons and I finally landed here. As a hobby woodworker, I wanted to attempt to bring a little of that to my desk as well. I came up with a sandwiched bezel solution that retains the low profile of this board but adds some hygge to my workspace – JMAWWorks.

The intriguing wooden fidget in the middle is a Möbius strip carved from the same wood last year. It was purely coincidental that the shape lined up well with the curve of the case, so the author thought to include it as well.

More on the Möbius piece here.

And a quick summary of how the case was made:

A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon

Jeremy (@jmawworks) által megosztott bejegyzés

Published on Wed 24th May 2023. Featured in KBD #123 (source).

Did you like reading this post?

Donate to keep this project alive


Wooden, handwired

A wooden, handwired keyboard project by ketcha_.

Slide mount wooden case

With minimal experience, eBay scrapwood, popsicle sticks and a hand saw bruh-iunno made his own wooden case.

Giant macropad

A wooden macropad for NovelKeys Big Switches with pen tray. Committed by AuthenticDanger.

SS4H-EK Video Editing Keypad

An open-source, wooden video editing keypad by Sokolsok: the SS4H-EK.

Laser cut custom keycaps

Laser cut custom wooden keycaps by jere344.

How to make a wooden wrist rest

A photolog of making a wrist rest by lawndartdesign.