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Issue 7 / Week 53 / 2020

Sure, it's 2021 already. But this is still a hand-picked selection of LAST WEEK's posts from a keyboard builder's perspective, thus, the last issue of 2020. Lots of great 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 24 entries in this issue:



RedBaron: a tented split by macroxue with documentation & STL files.

Monoblock Dactyl

A monoblock Dactyl by OmnisaiRen with build log and files to print.

Tranquility v2

The 3D-printed split Tranquility by cyanophage has a nice keywell, tenting and a public SCAD file.

Rhytm game controller

This controller by OmnisaiRen features mechanical switches, encoders, and comes with a detailed devlog.

Trackpoint-modded Kinesis

A revamped Kinesis with trackpoint, kinT controller board and photolog by re5et.

Tenting stand for UHK

A 15 degree tenting stand for UHK with STL files by CAD and 3D-novice gdeLopata.

Wood and epoxy

A handwired board with wooden case and epoxy light diffusor layer by wolfrats with video documentation.

Custom split 75%

A custom split 75% by GuzziGuy with an informative photolog. Check his other projects too!

36-key Low-Profile Split

This 36-key sub-100x100mm low profile split by richardgoulter features switches soldered directly to pins, without a matrix.

Unnamed 65

The semi-handwired Unnamed 65 by icelongclaw features Amoeba PCBs and has a public KLE layout.

Wooden function pad

Wooden function pad by alan0ford with photos (cut by hand).


Touchscreen prototyping

artru used SVG and JavaScript to come up with a prototyping method for physical layouts on a touchscreen.

tt - A typing test for your terminal

tt is a command line typing test from woefullywistful who also created

Keyboard Render Kit

A teaser of the Keyboard Render Kit for Blender by ImperfectLink (coming Jan 2021).

Gateron switch puller

Sneak peek at the Gateron switch puller's inside by pixelcast (pics).

Keyboard sound simulator

This tool by tplai is a rough keyboard sound simulator (source).


Lavender switch review

Durock Lavender switch review by ThereminGoat.

Tips & Tricks

How to fix a stripped screw?

A plethora of solutions to remove a stripped screw: screw extractor, grinding a line in the head, vice grip, plier, even superglue.

Soldering a YC8 connector

A video tutorial on soldering the YC8 detachable connector by actionspacecake.

Tenting solution

A tenting method with all the necessary links by mkarikom.

Keyboard Spotting

Veyboard: syllable chording

When you think you've already seen everything, mrmrabcabc introduces Veyboard, a syllable chording keyboard.

The "Here is" key

The story behind the HERE IS key as told by frogspa.

Behind the Scenes

Manufacturing an aluminum case

Steps of how an aluminum case is manufactured at keycult (posted by fadetoblack1106).


Cat-shaped keyboard

A cat-shaped design by cashmeerkat77 for inspiration (with gallery).

Discussion over at r/mk!