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Issue 146 / Week 48 / 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 6+4 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #146

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


CH552-48 & CH552-44

Richard Goulter shared two orthos: CH552-48 & CH552-44 – both using the cheap CH552 MCU.


Zireael is a low-pro wireless split, shared by Mposible – based on the Dao.

Le Capybara

Sporkus' Le Capybara is a capacitive sensing (aka Topre) keyboard in Le Chiffre layout.


Top switches of November, 2023

Milktooth's Kevin helps us to capture the zeitgeist and identify November's most popular switches for mechanical keyboards.

Tips & Tricks


A keyboard design framework with adjustable columns on a rail system: Seismos by Danny Vo.

Quick news

A handwired macropad by Bastian Reuther.

A tutorial by Gleb: DIY homing keycaps made with a paper clip and soldering iron.

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