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Issue 167 / Week 20 / 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 10+15 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #167

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


IBM Mmm Ortho

Mod Mmm ortho PCB by Ming-Gih Lam – turn your IBM Model M into a hotswap MX ortho keyboard.


Ally Parker's Corneroll is another Corne variant, this time: wireless, choc, hotswap – with roller encoders.

WeirdFlexButOk keyboard

Penk Chen's unibody ergo WeirdFlexButOk PCB has kerf bending cuts for tenting.


Sneftel shared the SOWGull, a split version of his original Gull keyboard.


Cosimini designed and shared the Cambkb, a split keyboard with RJ-9 connectors and exposed diode array.


Pocket Keyboard Design Contest

Chris Lo is hosting a pocket keyboard design contest. Submission deadline: Sept 10.


Akko MU01 Mountain Seclusion review

In this review I write about yet another Akko masterpiece: the MU01 Mountain Seclusion, a 65% wireless keyboard in a gorgeous walnut case.

Tips & Tricks


Zac Morhous' Allium58CAD has a custom magnetic case snapping to a SpaceMouse.

Keymap wizardry: Typing out the Harry Potter saga

In this case study I type out the Harry Potter books to demonstrate the power of alternative layouts and keymap customization.

Quick news

A nice case for the Keychron V1 Max with gaskets, designed by Jake Reeves aka Jeevester5. Files shared on printables.

Sharktastica writes about the IBM Model G – the original designation for Model M.

FinnKrass shared an open-source break-in machine for MX switches (source).

Closed source prototypes: Moon60 by N00dle. (Repo in the works.) And a reversible PCB with standard mods by Gehennakid. Also this Voyager-like one by Calm_Yogurt and the single-MCU split Mirror 42 by Mangokitty.

Cornia 0.5 – a Corne derivative by Vaarai. Proof of concept, v1 coming later.

Some handheld devices: Typeware One by Typeware is a wearable keyboard & mouse with a "standard QWERTY layout" and mechanical keys. Don't ask me how Kailh Choc Pinks fit the elegant and delicate main structure. Still in an early phase, but there are some videos available with a 3D printed prototype.

And a DIY one: Palm 1.0 by ConsciousnessV0yager.

WIP: Outragious-Half's Iyada keeps evolving. It no longer really resembles the previous version.

A Giant M0110 by thinkpad4by3. Everything is 3D printed, more photos of the switches on imgur.

The Doggo keyboard stand by ibidibbidoo is cute.

Osidian TKL – made out of Carrara marble, coming soon (source).

"Vintage" Chocofi with Gatsby vibes. Case by u/inbreakable.

Golf Ball metal artisan – for the golfer with a keyboard. Committed by TerraKeycaps.

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