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Issue 22 / Week 15 / 2021

This is a hand-picked selection of posts that may teach you something about designing and building your own custom keyboard.

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There are 23 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 22

The making of Issue 22, records in many statistics, new supporters on board, Reddit annoyance, fixing an embarrassing bug, Covid jab KO, subprojects continued.


Mid-century modern inspired split

A split keyboard by stvneads (gallery).

Pteron36 keyboard

Pteron36 - a separate split keyboard designed by smart345bond for Miryoku layout users (git).

Fish Ladder Mk.3

Fish Ladder Mk.3 by ak66666 (STLs, video).

The btrfly

The btrfly by SolidusHal is a Dactyl Manuform fork with joint halves and without the keywells (git, pics).

Modular keyboard

Modular keyboard by koktoh_kuro - parts attached by USB sockets (description in Japanese).

Custom 1800

A custom CNC milled 1800 by B_Rich with video documentation (+pics).

Ilex prototypes

Ilex prototypes in white / black by holy_foot_fingers (discord).

A 5-key chorded keyboard

A 5-key chorded keyboard by zxyzyxz (article, git).

Tips & Tricks

A magnetic case for the crkbd/Corne

A well documented magnetic case for the crkbd/Corne keyboard by weissbieremulsion (git).

3080 Shift keycap STL

Free 3080 shift keycap STL files published on thingiverse by s0l0Kill.


Momoka FROG linears review

Momoka FROG Linear switch review by Reimu64 (video).

AEBoard's Naevy V1.5 Switch Review

AEBoard's Naevy V1.5 switch review by ThereminGoat (discussion).

Sound test compilation #9

This is a list of 10 sound tests published this week in a single megapack.


Split typewriter

Rheinmetall Portable Ergonomic Typewriter from ~1935. Posted by hardboiledbabylon (r/mk).

Keyboard Spotting

Dasher D2

Data General Dasher D2 Computer spotted by gamerintheshell in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Clare-Pendar ASCII keyboard

Clare-Pendar ASCII keyboard picked up by Bafflednipple at a local antique shop. (Related thread by Pyrelink.)

Elektronika MC 0511

Elektronika MC 0511 spotted by dev000ps.

Old terminal

An old terminal found in a power station by jacksonh22.

Behind the Scenes

Soldering a circuit board

Some mesmerizing pictures of soldering a circuit board with solder paste. Posted by cyan1618.


Keyboard with Willow layout

Brand new keyboard with Willow layout by Hanachi. Posted by ykkap.


Author Oplivion made a video of his LI-SPLIT88 split keyboard.

In progress

VPK #1 work in progress

The VPK #1 is a 3D printed 65% keyboard by VyralEnder (gallery).

This issue was made possible by the support of:
u/kaleid1990, u/chrispydelivers, u/sadekbaroudi

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

Discussion over at r/mk!