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Issue 27 / Week 20 / 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 20 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 27

First-hand experience of bad ergonomics, personal favorites, evaluating performance, new supporters (and their management).



Enigma36 - A handwired unibody keyboard with underglow and trackpoint by sadekbaroudi.

Bridged Lagrange

A new update to the design of the Lagrange keyboard by dpapavas.

Tented Levinson with joystick

A tented Levinson with joystick by ThreepE0.

A Commodore inspired Planck 64

A Commodore inspired Planck 64 with resin keycaps by 23_Andreas.

Custom Kyria

A Kyria built by _GEIST_ with trackpoint, haptic feedback and custom plates.

A small riddle

A small riddle by SouthPawEngineer.


EZ MX switch opener

EZ MX switch opener. No more sore fingers? Posted by fnu_lnu_.

Shiba cafe

A cute typing game for anyone who needs another excuse to use a custom keyboard. Posted by hey_its_me_ur.

Tips & Tricks

Laser cut custom keycaps

Laser cut custom wooden keycaps by jere344.

3D printed PLA/mussle shell keycaps

This Planck EZ by Shib_Mc_Ne features 3D printed PLA/mussle shell keycaps. With source files.

Hard line hand wire

A hard line hand wire system by Nightwish612.

Modification for easier reach

A Jorian keyboard with slight modification for easier reach by hulianomarkety.


Email anno 1984

Emailing anno 1984 when over seas. Posted by hagr.

A Brief History of Numlock

A Brief History of Numlock and Arrow Keys by @figmadesign. Posted by charlesatan.

Keyboard Spotting

Burroughs electronic check writer

A Burroughs Model T9929 electronic check writer spotted.

1983 IBM PCjr

1983 PCjr keyboard from IBM posted by rpiguy9907.

Big boi inspiration

A retro frankenstein machine incorporating a Famicom/NES clone, a keyboard and a tv screen. Posted by chad3814.

Topre keyboard

Office Topre keyboard by Buzanoff.

Behind the Scenes

Laser-etching keycaps

Laser-etching keycaps for a cyberdeck. Posted by Tinfoil_Haberdashery.

This issue was made possible by the donations of:, Jeremy Kitchen, @kaleid1990, u/chad3814, Eugenie, sebastian siggerud, xebaxupuko & 2 anonymous donors.

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