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Issue 165 / Week 18 / 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+8 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #165

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



Nova is a Buran variant/mod by Protieusz: an orthoish monoblock split with trackball, on-board RP2040 and roller encoder.


Evgenii Vilkov shared a new 40-key variant of his Stront: Stront40 with more keys and more modules.


A monoblock split keyboard with orthoish halves: Buran by ScatteredDrifter.


A nice monoblock split by tschibo00: Tokeyo.


Squalius-cephalus shared the split Silakka44 with reversible hotswap PCB.

Kipra keyboard

Peter Lyons shared his kipra, an open-source split keyboard – kinda pragmatic.


Akko MOD 007 V3 HE Year of the Dragon review

This is a review of Akko's gorgeous MOD 007 V3 HE Year of the Dragon board, a "limited series" Hall-effect work of art.

Tips & Tricks

Recreating keycaps for the AlphaSmart Neo

A father and son team designed replacement keycaps for the AlphaSmart Neo, bringing an old keyboard back to life with some low-cost modern tech.

Quick news

A WIP but neat keyboard sketcher by hadybaal.

A handwired split ergo by joe_milkshake. Case files on Printables.

Here is bananafishcake1's cursed keyboard with an arrow cluster below/left of the spacebar.

Blob macropad by mmill/sparisti/protoplancton. 7 keys + encoder. Case file on onshape.

ScottoWing (PCB Edition) is available. is an online app by T0X1K01 that generates key tilters (costs $20).

MarcelMakes wrapped his encoder knob in leather.

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