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Tips & Tricks

Switching to Colemak

The main stages and impressions of Tanukishouten switching to Colemak during the holidays.

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Custom PCB design workflow

Ben Vallack's video demonstrates a workflow of making your custom PCB with Ergopad, Ergogen and KiCAD.

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Thumb paddle

Open-source thumb paddles by Troy Fletcher – for activating switches with less thumb motion.

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Corne and Lily58 stacked cases

Open-source full body sandwich cases for the Corne and Lily58 by atlantesque.

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SKUF keyboard feet

The open-source SKUF is an attempt to standardize the rubber feet used for custom mechanical keyboard projects.

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Raised thumb keys

A split keyboard by ak66666 with thumb keys raised above the rest.

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Atreis PCB

Atreis PCB by Jesus Climent.

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Continuously variable tenting

Continuously Variable Tenting – An 3D-printed open-source tenting solution by macroxue.

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CXA keycap profile

CannonKeys announces CannonCaps CXA – a spherical keycap profile with a height similar to that of Cherry.

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Zeal Clickiez

Zeal's new clicky switch features a secondary spring leaf which can turn the switch into a tactile or linear.

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Sweep case

An open-source 3D-printed case for the Sweep keyboard, designed by Knifa.

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Keycap bleach/fading test

Results of an experiment investigating the effect of sunlight on an anodized keycap's color – committed by flehrad.

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Discolored aluminum case

Fudgeybits reports a strange discoloration of his KBDfans aluminum case.

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Milling/casting stepped keycaps

A video by keymacs about milling and casting twin-Alps mount stepped keycaps.

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Single-handed ergo keyboard/layout

A great one-handed keyboard project by key-yack with lots of ideas and links to related resources.

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Stenotypy / Spellbook

Stenotypy (aka Spellbook) is a true QWERTY steno dictionary with a couple thousand entries by solomonkimrey.

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Radio interference regulations and keyboards

As Pylon points out, your custom keyboard is probably illegal. A post on radio interference testing regulations.

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Turn on/off clickiness

A macropad by Anis-mit-I that is switchable between clicky and linear.

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Doubleshots from 1988

Doubleshots do wear out over time. Photo taken by jsheradin.

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Switch sound tester

Don tries to standardize sound tests with his testing rig.

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Splatter painted keycaps

Human_Evolution shares his experiences with splatter painting a keyboard in the '80/90s style.

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Cyberpunk OLED glitch

A cool OLED glitch animation by Aleks with open-source firmware and bitmap frames.

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Keycaps from bottle caps

LODGE, a Japanese makerspace offers workshops where you can make your own keycaps from bottle caps.

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IBM Model M122 classification

SharktasticA reworked his page on differences between and classifications of IBM Model M122s.

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Skådis made keeb-friendly

The familiar Skådis pegboard made keeb-friendly by jk_pens.

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