Keyboard Builders' Digest
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Issue 32 / Week 25 / 2021

This is a rolling coverage of the DIY mechanical keyboard hobby from a keyboard builder's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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There are 23 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 32

Highlights and personal favorites. The split database keeps growing. Minimizing keyboard-mouse alternation. Plans and priorities.


Pteron36 finalized

The design of Pteron36, an open source 36 key split keyboard by smart345bond, is finalized.

Ergodonk released

Ergodonk, a handwired split with 3D-printed case, is released by Lithocut.


Introducing the Pluckey, a 4x7 split keyboard by Pizza_on_Pineapple with ergodox keycap support.

Modified SectorC

Fan layout approved by ijauradunbi. A SectorC with a single controller.

Wireless Sofle

A fully wireless and hotswap Sofle by keebsandcables.

40% size, 60% convenience

40% size, 60% convenience. by SouthPawEngineer.

ergoJOY maximus

The ergoJOY maximus is an original 7x5 staggered split with thumb joysticks. Committed by d3lxa.

Amalgamate with ink display

A true wireless split keyboard with ink display by docgi.


Hotswap PCB generator

The 3D-printable hotswap PCB generator by 50an6xy06r6n is now open-source.

Tips & Tricks

3D-printed encoder knob

This 3D-printed rotary encoder knob by jamidodger comes with source files.

Cold casting knobs

Cold casting knobs for a GMMK Pro by dr34m37.

Socket comparison

Comparison of Mill Max sockets 0305 vs 7305 vs Holtite. Posted by kriscables.

Tactile stems

Tactile stem comparison by jk_pens.

SB1 flat keycap profile

SB1 is a 3D printable flat keycap profile by sadekbaroudi.


Tecsee Sapphire

Tecsee Sapphire switch review by ThereminGoat.

All Clacks and Snag switches

A review of Australian and New Zealand community switches by flehrad.

Sound test compilation #18

This is a list of 14 sound tests published this week in a single megapack.


History and QWERTY

A fairly good summary of the early history of typewriters and QWERTY by The History Guy. Posted by shinjikun10.

Keyboard Spotting

Entertainment Computer System

A rare find posted by Dubis7.

Custom Contron

The daily driver of mkayultuh is a custom Contron rugged keyboard.

Unikey KB-7001

A Unikey KB-7001 made by PC concepts found by DarthDangles25.

JDL Topre board

A JDL Topre posted by TeeN_TetriS.

This issue was made possible by the donations of:, Jeremy Kitchen, AikenJG, @kaleid1990, u/chad3814, Eugenie, sebastian siggerud & 3 anonymous donors.

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

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