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Issue 28 / Week 21 / 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 28

Personal favorites. No more ads. Donor hall of fame. Most popular posts of the last issue. Future plans.


Nearer - a 118-key ortho

The Nearer is a handwired 118-key ortholinear keyboard by GoldenSights. With detailed build log.

Purple Mountain Majesty

The Purple Mountain Majesty project by I_Am_Dixon_Cox involved CNC cutting and building a custom 3D printer.

3D printed Alice style

This 3D printed Alice style keyboard by ymmaz is handwired with duplex matrix.

Small elephant42

A modified elephant42 stripped off some thumb keys. Built by tinamus.

Another true wireless split

A custom designed split by docgi with open source PCB.

Custom handwired split

A custom handwired keyboard by llpamies with build gallery.

Custom Iris case

MarijnJ is finally done with this custom Iris case.

Ergo monoblock split

This is an ergo monoblock split by pencomp7 with an encoder and acrylic case.


The ErgoMorph55 by _vastrox_ is a low profile monoblock keyboard.

Tips & Tricks

From a Beamspring to a Model M

Why Bitteneite, even after owning a Model F and finally a Beamspring, still went back to a Model M.

Custom wrist supporting pads

Custom wrist supporting pads by michalkelemen made of kitchen cutting boards. With gallery and write-up.

Custom keycaps using waterslide decals

How to DIY custom print keycaps using waterslide decals. A video by YOHONB.


Kinetic Labs' Husky switch

Kinetic Labs' Husky switch reviewed by ThereminGoat.

TECSEE & Coffee Chip Ice Creams

This time makermods takes a look at Tecsee and the Cannon Keys Coffee Chip Ice Cream tactiles.

Sound test compilation #14

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

Keyboard Spotting

Data General 6246-A

Data General 6246-A spotted by JonnyUnreliable.

Burroughs keyboard

A Burroughs terminal keyboard before cleaning posted by BStojanovski.

IBM Model F AT

A nice-looking IBM Model F AT posted by WillytheWarden.


Kinesis Advantage 360

Kinesis announces Advantage 360. Posted by nuanceinize.

This issue was made possible by the donations of:, Jeremy Kitchen, @kaleid1990, u/chad3814, Eugenie, sebastian siggerud, @entropyfanatic, cornbreadninja & 1 anonymous donor.

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