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Issue 149 / Week 1 / 2024

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+9 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #149

Keyboard projects, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and discount codes!



The articulation70 is a successor to Myles Lee's articulation80 keyboard – with LEDs and a more personalized layout.


Richard Goulter's CH552-36 is a 36-key split with exposed SMT components and CH552 MCU.

Chaz v0.3

Jason Hazel shared the latest iteration of his Chaz, with Choc-spaced QAZ layout – and on-board STM32F702 controller.


Markus Knutsson announced his Chameleon, a versatile ortholinear keyboard with both Preonic and Planck layouts.


The Pyramidka is a 3d printed, handwired, 40% keyboard shared by aroum.


Joe Scotto's ScottoKatana is a 33-key handwired keyboard with symmetric stagger.


Sporewoh's modkipz40 is a monoblock split pocket keyboard using mouse switches.


Samuel Stephenson shared the files of Quill, a nice hotswap macropad with encoders.

Quick news

The Planeta v1 is now fully open source (PCB). And the Velvet v2 and Planeta v2 are available at

Tools & Tips: Adamwscki updated his kbplacer KiCad plugin with a bunch of new features. Alex shared a clean and simple KiCad starter tutorial. NumLockSmith published an online heatmap tool: (info).

The humbly named Cool Typing Game by GG00325 drives me crazy but may work for you. Just slightly obtrusive.

Handwiring: Sam Doddington shared the STLs of his Tana58! Ryan O'loughlan aka Tandoura made Move-Mech-Util, a handwired gamepad (case STLs and instructables). Andrea Varotto (itsvar8) made great progress with his monoblock with a numpad.

WIP: BFB_Workshop is working on something interesting – Compaq'ed is an ortho PCB for the Cherry G80-11800.

Switch: Gateron Melodic switch – a new click mechanism?

I'm slightly late with this, but Jerre remixed Pavlo's sphere keyboard into a Christmas ornament.

Weekly meh: Microsoft is adding a dedicated Copilot key to keyboards.

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