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Issue 9 / Week 2 / 2021

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Another Monday, another 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.

Discussion over at r/mk!

Projects

Fifi: a 3x5 split

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/kuvyyb/meet_fifi_the_split_3x5_with_3_thumb_cluster_oled/|Fifi]] is a 3x5 split by LooksCouldKale with open source [[https://github.com/raychengy/fifi_split_keeb|plate and PCB]].


Oddball: a split with trackball

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kxloib/keep_ballin_nerds/|Oddball]] is a split keyboard by tullonator featuring a trackball. [[https://atulloh.github.io/oddball/|Exhaustive documentation]] and [[https://github.com/atulloh/oddball/tree/master/output|source files]].


Hexagonal split ergo keyboard

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kza7ji/i_finished_my_hexagonal_split_ergo_keyboard/|This]] hexagonal split ergo by HellIsBurnin comes with in-depth [[https://fabacademy.org/2020/labs/opendot/students/sol-bekic/projects/keyboard/build-log/|documentation]] and a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDOJF7oPh4s|teaser]].


Symbolics LISP recreated

An [[https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=25131|attempt to recreate]] the Symbolics LISP keyboard by lispnick.


Handwired 60% with custom firmware

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kw2evw/my_handwired_build_log_the_enthralling_conclusion/|handwired 60%]] by The-Tower-Of-Owls with [[https://www.dairequinlan.com/2021/01/the-keyboard-part-4-firmware/|build log]] and custom [[https://github.com/dairequinlan/the-keyboard/blob/494dd48f6a87dd398ca0f11eaf12c4beeb77e66a/boardware.ino|firmware]].


Geac library terminal conversion

Converting and retrobrighting a [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kvvmst/i_modernized_library_terminal_kb_from_the_late_70s/|Geac library terminal]] by jsheradin with [[https://imgur.com/a/9JAzo2B#mlAPkBC|photolog]].


MBK Legend

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kxom8h/mbk_legend_group_buy_is_live/|MBK Legend]] brought to you by _tectonicplate and fk-caps. (You won't see many GBs here, but low profile caps in short supply deserve some promotion.)


Review

Kailh Polia tactile switch review

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kwc6ae/kailh_polia_tactile_switches_are_they_worth_the/|Kailh Polia]] tactile switch falls short of clacklabs's expectations ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY95kOcJ-pk&feature=youtu.be|video]]).


Hyperglide Cherry MX Black

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kwss77/my_first_review_ever_hyperglide_cherry_mx_black/|Hyperglide Cherry MX Black]] review ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFThYDLSR0I|video]]) by _veelut.


Novelias review

In-depth [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kzb8g3/novelias_switch_review_and_historical_deep_dive/|Novelias switch review]] and historic overview as you can expect from ThereminGoat.


Tips & Tricks

Free universal 60% plate

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kxky8x/free_default_plate_file/|free 60% plate]] by seh0nky ([[https://github.com/seh0nky/universal60plate|DXF]]).


Hall effect sound test

A sound test of riskable's Hall effect keyboard introduced in KBD Issue 5.


Ergodox noise reduction tips

[[https://y.tsutsumi.io/quiet-keyboard/|Noise reduction tips]] from toumorokoshi with actual measurements ([[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kwb75t/building_a_quiet_mechanical_keyboard/|source]]).


History

Air Force One comms station

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kxhguj/historic_mk_from_a_previous_air_force_one_comms/|comms station]] from a previous Air Force One used by Eisenhower to Nixon (shot by MuddyFire).


History of symbols - a lauchpad

A [[https://breckyunits.com/files/keyboard/|launchpad]] by breck to the history of different symbols used on a keyboard ([[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kz9fbi/i_made_this_before_i_found_out_about/|source]]).


Inspiration

GIGA40: with cartridge system

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kut2nk/now_youre_playing_with_power_giga40_power/|GIGA40]] is a strange concept of mujimanic with features like replaceable cartridge and serial connector ([[https://imgur.com/a/dVk0Qgi|more pics]]).


3D printed steno keyboard

A 3D printed [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kuueb6/3d_printed_stenography_keyboard_now_i_can_finally/|stenography keyboard]] by kazimchi.


Another steno one

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kwhc29/sometimes_i_make_terrible_things_and_end_up/|custom keyboard]] for stenography by silly_world.


Force-feedback slider

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kz9j17/i_have_been_working_on_a_new_product_for_a_while/|motorized slider]] by Pawnerd.