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Issue 49 / Week 42 / 2021

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This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content 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.

This issue was made possible by the support of:, Jeremy Kitchen, AikenJG, @keebio, @kaleid1990, u/chad3814, Eugenie, sebastian siggerud, ajoflo, cdc,, Jim, kiyejoco, faso, _qdw_, Micho, Noah Smith, Keith

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Behind the Scenes of Issue 49

New vendor map with sneak peek. Vendor database update with new discount codes. Olympia SM2. Is this a typewriter collection now? Issue 48 follow-up. (more)

Behind the Scenes of Issue 50

Upcoming giveaway, vendor map disaster with takeaways, bong cat guest appearance, new discount codes, experiences of mailing 340 keyboard vendors. (more)


Modular 3D ergo

A modular mini 3D keyboard by ikeji. (more)

A 3D-printed, handwired build

Jibril-sama built his own 3D-printed, handwired keyboard with exposed diode array. (more)


A low profile Atreus62 variant by tahnok42 with Kailh Choc V2 and plate files. (more)


The SeveredDuck36, a 36-key split keyboard inspired by the Kyria and Arch-36, is now released by CyanDuck17. (more)

Enki42: slim ergo keyboard

Enki42 is a slim ergo split keyboard by aroum2 with Choc spacing. (more)

Red Herring

The Red Herring by dj_edit is a split ergo 75% board similar to an Alice, but with columnar staggering. (more)

Tips & Tricks

Open-sourced flexible PCBs

Fmcraft published his flexible Dactyl Manuform PCBs. (more)

Imitating various layouts

Imitating various ergo keyboard layouts with Zebra. Posted by key-yack. (more)

Keyboard Spotting

Fujitsu Micro-8

Akabander plans to recreate a Fujitsu Micro-8 keyboard. (more)

Keyboard of a Soviet ICBM silo

The mechanical launch button of a Soviet ICBM silo over 100 feet below the surface. Posted by MaximumBasis9326. (more)

TRS-80 Model 4

The TRS-80 Model 4 is the last Z80-based home computer family by Radio Shack, sold from April 1983 through late 1991. Posted by Tomegajones. (more)


A heavyweight fullsize with handle

Filco's 4.4kg heavyweight fullsize with steel top plate and handle. (more)

Medley of crazy ideas

Big-ass enter with embedded touchpad, artisan OLED covers, prototyping with rails, LED indicator light using a BIC ballpoint tube. (more)