Keyboard Builders' Digest
5% off at Mechanical Keyboards US! Code: KBDNEWS

Issue 158 / Week 11 / 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.

View mode: compact | normal | full

There are 12+10 entries in this issue:


  • Keyboard projects, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and discount codes!
  • An unusual editorial since there were not enough projects for a proper issue: what happened around my desk this week.
  • Mangokitty published the files of the Tanto, a 40% with Katana-stlye symmetric layout. (source)
  • An open-source ortho TKL with on-board controller: glyphkbd v2 by _galile0. (source)
  • A 20-key minimal split: Pepesweep by Volodymyr Petiushka. Low profile, wireless, open source. (source)
  • Dance! is a wireless-only split keyboard by chase-hunter.
  • Penk Chen published his Haori36, a compact monoblock ortho with thumb cluster and optional Pimonori trackball.
  • This is an old project for reference: Toad v2 by TalkingTree, an open-source 70% keyboard from 2017. (source)
  • T. G. Marbach's JESK56 is a diodeless 56-key ortholinear keyboard, using a single RP2040-based microcontroller thanks to some fancy math and graph theory.
  • The WhiteFox Eclipse by Project Eclipse is the latest take on this classic model: a prebuilt 68% board with magnetic assembly and a whole ecosystem of modular cases. (Now with 10% off!)
Tips & Tricks
This issue was made possible by the donations of:, MoErgo Glove80, ZSA Technology Labs, Aiksplace, @keebio, Upgrade Keyboards, Cyboard, Ashkeebs, Sean Grady, Jacob Mikesell, Jason Hazel, @kaleid1990, kiyejoco, KEEBD, littlemer-the-second,, Mechboards, u/motfalcon, Bob Cotton, FFKeebs, Richard Sutherland, @therick0996, Joel Simpson, TurtleKeebs, Christian Mladenov, Lev Popov, u/eighty58five, Daniel Nikolov, Schnoor Typography, Caleb Rand, Skyler Thuss, Yuan Liu, James McCleese, Benjamin Bell, Ben M, Spencer Dabell, zzeneg, Matthias Goffette, Anatolii Smolianinov, Penk Chen, Hating TheFruit, Vitali Haravy, Clacky, Davidjohn Gerena, anonymous, TALPKEYBOARD, Felicitas R., Gavin Folgert, Alex Miller, Trey Causey, Shnobble, Stefan S.

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.