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Issue 11 / Week 4 / 2021

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After digging through 2445 posts on r/mk only... here is the top 1% of last week's content from a keyboard builder's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

Discussion over at r/mk!

Projects

Microdox with 3D printed case

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l6hyj5/microdox_with_tented_3d_printed_case/|Microdox]] with a [[https://imgur.com/a/gKsCOJI|nice gallery]] and a cool open source [[https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4740393|tented case]] by Kooziecup.


GX-16 Dactyl Manuform

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/l62tw8/welcome_my_gx16_dactyl_manuform_build/|Dactyl Manuform]] with GX-16 connectors by oni_strech based on hellmoneywarrior's [[https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4372836|design]].


Tightyl

This [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/l8eb9e/my_dactyl_tight_build/|Tightyl build]] by moltarpdx is based on Okke's design ([[https://github.com/okke-formsma/dactyl-manuform-tight/|git]], [[https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4416866|STL]]).


Macro board

An open source [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l4pddv/mmmmacro_board/|macro board]] with PCB, case and plate ([[https://github.com/SamGowland/Gowla-Macro-Boards|git]]) by Gowlandr.


Kinesis Essential rebuild with Bluetooth

This [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/l80af7/kinesis_essential_rebuild_with_bluetooth/|Kinesis Essential]] has been turned into wireless by sczizzo. Lot's of useful info in the thread.


A hefty wireless 40% ortho

A thick [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l6xucz/dear_rama_please_make_more_grid_caps_i_keep/|wireless 40% ortho]] by onebigdoor with [[https://imgur.com/gallery/oM1E9ty|photolog]].


MUGGI 2

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l8d6ih/2nd_handwired_kbd_muggi_2s_build_log/|MUGGI 2]] by jungmuk. A handwired split with a single controller, braided cables and photolog.


Phatty105

This handwired monster is tentatively named the [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/l9i0xt/my_endgame_tentatively_named_the_phatty105/|Phatty105]] ([[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vkih3b_Ie0cQYKDrVUpZvJFPy-hJ4YIAwmv1rWH20Ps/edit#gid=0|keymap]]) and is based on a (surprise!) CRKBD. Committed by jamopopper.


Tools

Speedtyper.dev

[[https://www.speedtyper.dev/|SpeedTyper.dev]]. A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l5316f/finally_a_typeracer_equivalent_for_programmers/|TypeRacer equivalent]] for programmers (posted by pumpkin_link).


RGB control using raw HID

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/olkb/comments/l9g24m/i_just_published_my_python_module_to_control_rgb/|Python module]] by electrocamel to control RGB on QMK keyboards using raw HID.


Review

KTT Strawberry Switch Review

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l8oe9x/ktt_strawberry_switch_review/|KTT strawberry]]. Another comprehensive switch review by ThereminGoat ([[https://www.theremingoat.com/blog/ktt-strawberry-switch-review|article]]).


Gazzew Bobagum review

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l7tjs5/gazzew_bobagum_review_sound_test_on_nk65_entry/|Gazzew Bobagum review & sound test on NK65 Entry!]] by Zenjh.


Tips & Tricks

3D printed hot swap sockets

OMGWhyImOld published the [[https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4741006|source files]] of this [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/l8n2hi/this_is_how_its_going/|3D printed solderless keyswitch connector]]. Aka "poor man's Kaihl hot swap sockets".


Converting an XT keyboard to Bluetooth

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l6eswu/guide_easily_convert_your_xt_keyboard_to_bluetooth/|guide]] to easily convert an XT keyboard to Bluetooth by PM_ME_YOUR_MAUSE ([[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lH–I1NEY2snjayrv4Y6I140er_jQKGY7RpJkBDVvWU/edit?usp=sharing|docs]]).


Cracked keycap stems fixed with heat shrink tube

Heat shrink tube (4.5 mm) used to [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l704jt/psa_heatshrink_tube_can_be_used_to_fix_cracked_or/|fix cracked or loose keycap]] stems (by jesterc0re).


Braided cable

RomeoTran came up with this super flexible [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l4qmh5/supper_flex_braided_cable/|braided cable]] using headphone cables.


Some switch sounds

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l5oefl/here_are_the_current_switches_i_have_been_messing/|Sound test]] of some switches by TheHapaLens.


Keyboard Spotting

Beamspring spotting

A breathtaking photo of an [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l4k827/finally_got_a_beamspring_really_lovin_every/|IBM Beamspring 5251]] shot by Bitteneite.


NEC phone switchboard

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l9iwuf/anyone_know_what_this_is_i_found_it_in_an_abandon/|NEC phone switchboard]] discovered in an abandoned building by Happyboi225 & co.


Inspiration

Mint chocolate artisan keyboard

I'm used to artisans, but these mint & strawberry chocolate themed [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l8y6uw/mint_strawberry_chocolate_artisan_keyboard/|Lime40s]] are the first artisan keyboards I've ever seen (designed by [[https://twitter.com/eucalyn_|eukalin_]], posted by hiddenbox4).


Rotary phone numpad

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l9kt74/this_is_what_a_real_mechanical_numpad_looks_like/|real mechanical numpad]] built out of a rotary phone sandelinos found at a thrift shop ([[https://libremedia.video/videos/watch/cfe8805a-a814-43aa-a823-d75e56fb251c|video]] & [[https://gitlab.com/Sandelinos/rotary-phone-keyboard/-/blob/master/puehli/puehli.ino|Arduino source]]).


Hexadecimal keyboard & macropad

A unique [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l8yehx/wip_hexadecimal_keyboard_macropad/|Hexadecimal keyboard & macropad]] by wanderingjew.


Custom macropad with extra knobs

This [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l7m2nx/wip_custom_macro_pad_with_extra_knobs_picsvid_in/|custom macropad]] by dansskittles comes with extra knobs and a short [[https://gist.github.com/NotProfessionalDesigns/ec4a365261fdc30f03c1cf5614d82213|code example]].


Manta

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/l77se3/this_ones_called_manta_cuz_it_looks_like_a_manta/|Manta]] is a monoblock split by GeniuzGames.


Split keyboard concept for designers

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/l7dnry/what_do_you_think_of_this_concept_for/|designer-friendly split keyboard]] concept by samanpwbb with 9 extra keys on the left for often used hotkeys.