Keyboard Builders' Digest
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Issue 164 / Week 17 / 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 8+8 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #164

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


PHNX keyboard

Sinisha Stojchevski's PHNX is a unibody split keyboard with on-board MCU.


A split ortholinear keyboard with on-board MCU: PICCTRL - 0xLM by Lluis Merlos Pieri.

BLE Morse keyboard

Mikey Sklar shared a wireless one-handed keyboard with Morse code as input method.

Seagull macropad

Kea Workshop's Claude published his Seagull macropad - with MX/Choc support and exposed diodes.


MoeeTech Glitter65 R1

The Glitter65 by MoeeTech is a nice keyboard kit with a distinctive appearance: thanks to the seamless aluminum case and unique drawer structure.

Tips & Tricks

Ambients Silent Choc switches

As announced by, Ambients Silents, truly quiet Choc switches redesigned from the ground up, are in stock now.


Mikefive, a Kailh PG1316S keyboard

Mike Hölscher aka dynam1keNL presents you the unibody split mikefive, this work-in-progress super-thin keyboard built around Kailh's PG1316S notebook switches.

Quick news

Hemal Chevli made a macropad with screen and encoder to switch between layers (video demo).

Stacked plywood keyboard by toffeeecoffeee

A walnut keyboard by KeyboardGeek69420's dad. :)

Handwired: An ortho board by peaz_, and a row-staggered split by sashalex007.

Cerakey V2 homing F & J are available and being sold as a separate set so old and new Cerakey customers can get them without buying a full set. (The KBDNEWS coupon code should work.)

The Norbauer-type stabilizer: the rather long write-up about the Norbalizer designs was an excellent read even if the ultimate solution couldn't be more obvious: all-1U splits. ;)

Macropad built into a breathmint tin – committed by Daealis.

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