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Issue 26 / Week 19 / 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 24 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 26

Issue 26 and personal favorites. Moving to, more performance tweaks, CDN setup, redirecting madness. Issue 25 follow-up.



Sepia by panichardware. Low profile split ergonomic keyboard created with Ergogen.

Custom tented Sofle

A custom Sofle by onebigdoor with hotswap, foam gasket and modular tenting system.

Kyria with pimoroni trackball

A Kyria with pimoroni trackball and 3D printed tented case by UghThatsTheWorst.

Converted Zenith Z-150 XT

A Zenith Z-150 XT brought back to life by theguth.

Pinky3 build

A Pinky3 build by markbaraban.

Musical instrument

Keyboard building skills used to make a musical instrument – by archarios.

ThinKeys 13

ThinKeys 13 by dennisleexyz. A split ortho with TrackPoint for ThinkPad.

Low-profile 5x12 ortho

A low-profile 5x12 ortho for travelling by TecHno-Guy.


Iammeuru's interview

Iammeuru's interview in a new episode of The Thocc podcast. Presented by Vogsphere.

Tips & Tricks

Custom Corne case

Custom Corne case covering controller by kisonecat.

Printed ring gasket mount case

The Teamwolf Special - A 3D-printed ring gasket mount case for the Teamwolf Zhuque by RogerArbogast.

Lasercut, modular keywell

First proof of concept of a lasercut, modular keyboard with wells by Macone4.

Designing a keyboard in Fusion 360

Speed run by BeardFromFargo designing a keyboard in Fusion 360.

Rit dyeing a case

Making a case look less like plastic and more like glass - video by avgsgn.

Wireless 2.4Ghz receiver for Bluetooth modules

Turns any nRF Bluetooth keyboard (nice!nano etc.) into a non-Bluetooth QMK keyboard.

Switch details you may not know

ThereminGoat presents 25 switch details you may not know.

Updated Model M reference materials

New reference material on the Model M by Warm_Ad9986.


Sound test compilation #13

This is a list of 11 sound tests published this week in a single megapack.


A trip down the memory lane

A trip down the memory lane of the custom keyboard community by icelongclaw.

Keyboard Spotting

Devlin spotted

A Devlin Electronics keyboard with tons of keys found by beez_y.

IBM Model M15

Anti-Antidote got this old IBM Model M15 from his grandfather.


Rollow: with thumb encoders

The Rollow is a split keyboard by ArtofZenKeys with dedicated thumb encoders.

One-handed build

A one-handed keyboard by nonsleepr with sloped thumb keys.

This issue was made possible by the donations of:
Jeremy Kitchen, u/kaleid1990, u/chad3814, Eugenie V, u/rooski15, tyler walker & fpazos

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

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