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Issue 13 / Week 6 / 2021

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There are 22 entries in this issue:



The Dormouse is a 3D printed, handwired 40% by dapperrogue (gallery & git).

System76 Launch

The System76 Launch is a keyboard project with open source case and PCB (git). Posted by jackpot51.

Handwired Planck

A handwired Planck by tux268_ with photolog.

The naked split strikes back

The naked split ortho 40% by onebigdoor is back with fully addressable rgb backlighting (gallery). Still without plate, case and PCB.


QAZ-Simple: a simple, drop-in style open source case by dingusxmcgee_ for the QAZ keyboard kit.

Travel case for Sofle

Travel case for Sofle by gianni777 with STL files.


Chicony KB-5160AT review

Chicony KB-5160AT review (Cherry MX White) by Chyrosran22 (video).

Opblack switch review

Opblack switch review (here) by ThereminGoat.

ErgoArrows review

A video review (English subtitle) of the ErgoArrows - a split with dedicated arrow clusters posted by daihuku-key. (Details/shop and blog in Japanese.)

Tips & Tricks

Faux-wireless setup

Cable management masterclass by gr1zbot (gallery).

LEGO keyboard stand (guide)

EnAyJay made a guide on how to make the LEGO stand (video).

Ikea tenting stand

Tenting stand based on Ikea parts by vagabionda.

Backside rail

The backside rail is a new (?) mounting style by sab0m0v.

Mouse grid navigation

An informative thread stuffed with links on mouse grid navigation - which is actually a mouseless method. (Thread started by TemperedGlassTeapot.)

Keyboard Spotting


Take the basic rules of ergonomics and break most of them: Datalux spotted by Banana21y.


The READY! MODEL 100 is a portable computer by ready100computer. (Details here.) In case custom keyboards are too mainstream for you. (Sent by Grillsteak28.)

Focus62 - Alps Kishsaver

The Focus62 - Alps Kishsaver by N6NG is a board with one of Hasu's Alps64 PCBs with blue alps (sound).


Through-hole ortho with a thumb cluster

BTY-80 - A through-hole ortholinear TKL keyboard with a thumb cluster by ajkldsz.

Keycap vacuum coating

Drygol's first attempt to keycap vacuum coating failed, but the idea is not bad (blog) - article posted by LASERman71.

Wooden switch

An artisan switch (khm) made of wood by BitchassSixtyNine.


This is Ahokore by _dezli, which makes use of a nice!nano and ZMK for Bluetooth functionality.

Transparent caps with e-ink legends

Aside from the physical layout, the idea of putting an e-ink display behind transparent caps is intriguing. (Nemeio posted by m10r-vc.)

Discussion over at r/mk!