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Issue 24 / Week 17 / 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 25 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 24

Issue 23 follow-up, Issue 24 preparations. LED power consumption test: first results & USB ports killed. My kitchen scale now features a Choc white.


Axon, a 40% through-hole keyboard

The Axon is an open source 40% through-hole keyboard by Orobin.

Experiments with 34 keys

An experiment with 34 keys by anzood with photolog.

A low profile portable BLE design

A new low profile portable BLE design by SouthPawEngineer with scroll wheel.

Instructions for the Lisperati1000

Open source files and instructions for the Lisperati1000 cyberdeck by drcode now available.

Crocodox Mk.II

The 44 keys Crocodox by ak66666 comes with STL files.

Scylla - a modern Dactyl Manuform

Presenting the Scylla - a modern Dactyl Manuform by Fmcraft.

The Wren: System Edition

The Wren by reasonsandreasons is an open source split ergo keyboard inspired by the Breeze, Kyria and Corne.

Raspberry Pi Pico macropad

A Raspberry Pi Pico macro board by EnviousMedia.

3D printed macropad without soldering

A DIY 3D printed, handwired macropad by wlard with 3D printed hotswap plates and video guide.

MJF printed manuform-esque ergo

Scaffolding style MJF printed manuform-esque ergo by phazerlock.

Redox build

A Redox-based build by kubami with great build log.

DIY 60% wooden case

DIY 60% Wooden case with photolog by Trinnsennn.


QMK RC - remote control for your keyboard

QMK RC - a universal library and host counterpart by mmalecki to control your keyboard.

QMK configurator for Emacs

Mugur, a new QMK configurator for Emacs users by molteanu.

Towards better typing apps

Nonsense, a typing app by lifow generates random texts according to real word frequencies.


Neapolitan Ice Cream review

Neapolitan Ice Cream switches. A one-switch Zyko alternative? Reviewed by ThereminGoat.

Tips & Tricks

3D printed keycap case

An open source 3D printed keycap case by oriol360 with STL files.

Monkeytype with a monkey typing

A critical addition to Monkeytype I wasn't aware of: an actual monkey smacking the keys. Posted by halogen09.


Sound test compilation #11

This is a list of 20 sound tests published this week in a single megapack.

Keyboard Spotting

A lucky postal worker

A lucky postal worker in an episode of How It’s Made. Spotted by Gorbitron1530.

IBM 5251 terminal

An IBM 5251 terminal with beamspring keyboard spotted and acquired by jrayself.

Weytec MK06

Weytec MK06, a keyboard with three displays spotted by MattothePeerless.

Sejin Electron SKM-1040

A restored left handed (?) keyboard with Futaba MA switches posted by ZachLennie.


Converted Olympia Carrera

An Olympia Carrera typewriter turned into a custom keyboard by Jussapitka. Featuring a Pro Micro and some LEGO.

This issue was made possible by the donations of:
Jeremy Kitchen, u/kaleid1990, Eugenie, FK caps & Someone

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

Discussion over at r/mk!