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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.

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There are 12+10 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #158

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

On my desk (Issue 157½)

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.

Glyphkbd V2

An open-source ortho TKL with on-board controller: glyphkbd v2 by _galile0.


A 20-key minimal split: Pepesweep by Volodymyr Petiushka. Low profile, wireless, open source.

Dance! keyboard

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.

Toad v2

This is an old project for reference: Toad v2 by TalkingTree, an open-source 70% keyboard from 2017.


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.


Whitefox Eclipse review

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

The SpaceFN concept

The SpaceFN concept - setting up your space key as a layer switch when held - is probably one of the most useful tweaks in the keyboard hobby. Let me explain it.

KW Choc V1 keycaps

Shared by Kea Workshop's Claude, the KW keycap profile is uniform, spherical, MX-sized, and compatible with Choc V1 switches.

Quick news

Crab Broom alu case by boardsource.

A fancy Sofle by DOIO.

Corne v3 Hexagon Case by DerBreManaar (source).

LEGO stand for Kyria by Jason Cox – with a detailed blog post.

Keyboard Market Tokyo was included in the meetup database, but it was more like a fair – with 1,000 visitors. Many photos out there, e.g. by Antique-Page, and Ryosuke Kawamura has this monstre write-up with lots of details.

Holy guacamole. Leo_keeb made these offset stem keycaps to turn his keyboard with HHKB JP layout into an ortho.

Keyboard art: No Internet / Dino104

Mantis builds by luckybipedal (and here is Felix's article if you missed it last December)

A 3D printed planter switch fidget toy by Creative_rooster00 (source).

Donut keyboard by QDP2D.

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.

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