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Issue 90 / Week 32 / 2022

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard enthusiast'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 12 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 90

Complaints, shops closing, donors leaving, new vendors, new meetups, etc.



Marco's DASBOB is a 36-key diodeless split with splay and buzzer.

Purple Owl

Sonal Pinto's Purple Owl is an all-1u, uniformly staggered 60% keyboard.


Kretsträd is a Seeeduino Xiao BLE based 34-keys split keyboard by u/wj-zhe – running ZMK.

Phaethon prototype

Phaethon is a through-hole keyboard with a solar panel – designed by u/mrninhvn.


The Avlo44 is a unibody split with exposed diodes designed by u/jrp22.


The UniChunky by u/tenstaana is basically two Chunkys fused together.


Ursula is a low-profile 5-column split keyboard by u/jamesmnw.


The working title of u/Zonattu's 40% Alice-ish PCB project is Liisa.

Tips & Tricks

Vapor polishing

An experiment in vapor polishing ABS keycaps – by u/mmalluck.

Keyboard Spotting

Tandberg Data

u/autonomouschair spotted a gorgeous Tandberg Data keyboard in the Oslo National Museum.



FGHTR SWTCH is a unique artisan keycap housing by mecxlabs.

This issue was made possible by the donations of:
PCBWay,, MoErgo Glove80, Aiksplace, u/chad3814, @keebio, @kaleid1990, Sean Grady,, u/motfalcon, cdc, kiyejoco, Bob Cotton, FFKeebs, Richard Sutherland, KEEBD, @therick0996, MKUltra, Joel Simpson, Lev Popov, Christian Mladenov, Spencer Blackwood, Yuan Liu, Davidjohn Gerena, Alexey Alekhin, Fabian Suceveanu, Upgrade Keyboards

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

Discussion over at r/mk!