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Issue 145 / Week 47 / 2023

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard enthusiast's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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There are 9+7 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #145

Giveaway and advent calendar update, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and discount codes!


Ergonaut One

Ergonaut One is a split with KS33 switches released by the newly formed team of Ergonaut Keyboards.


Joe Scotto is back with a very low profile handwired unibody split: ScottoWings.


A 34-key diodeless split for larger hands: YetiS by jogme.


The bunchiez40 is an ultracompact ortholinear keyboard designed by Christian Lo – with mouse switches!


As standard as this row-staggered keyboard looks like, Jamie Ding's Pome76 behaves like a "unibody ergo". How?

Tern Ble

Gleb Sabirzyanov published his Tern Ble, a wireless remix of the Tern keyboard.


VU.A is a fully wireless split with row staggering designed by EagleVee.

Tips & Tricks

Alice gap fillers

Tardigrade shared some 3D models to fill the gaps of Alice boards.

Quick news

Other open source projects: Rolio46.1 released by MickiusMousius. And a numpad with WaveShare RP2040 Matrix MCU by Ben Clarke (github).

High Plains Drifter (HPD) is the newest split model of ergohaven. (I've been using their Planeta at home and a Glove80 at work, and the HPD seems like a love child of the two.) In addition, the Ergohaven Planeta case is now open source.

Budget: I'm a big fan of cardboard prototyping when it comes to ergo keyboards. It turns out this works for classic layouts too: cardboard case by Mediocre_Ad5863. But there was a handwired ortho board made of leftover vinyl flooring too. Committed by tschibo00.

There's a short interview with CeraKey's founder over at

Dodecahedron switch holder by hllvnd. And a similar one from 2018.

Closed source, commercial, N/A: Tomy announced by mikethetiger_ ( Wing18 Alpha by EricaAngelASMR.

Switches: WS Jades with metal inserts in the stem and tube base, pressure sensitive switches on the Teenage Engineering EP-133 K.O. II sampler, and of course the roller linear switches (IC) with ball bearings.

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