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Issue 97 / Week 39 / 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 13 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 97

Shop anniversaries, Kemove K68 in the mailbox, 10% ALLPCB discount, updates on donations (38%), vendors, meetups, developments.



Tenax is a 36-key diodeless split keyboard with pinky splay – shared by u/heyitscassio.


ScottoCMD – a handwired ortholinear keyboard by u/Joe_Scotto. With open-source 3D printed case.

Egg laptop

Ikejima's Egg is a laptop style cyberdeck with an ortho keyboard.

Colemak typewriter

u/bII6 converted an Olympia Splendid 66 typewriter to Colemak.



Daihuku reports on the meishi2 exhibition hosted by Yushakobo, where 20 business card-sized keyboards were on display.

Tips & Tricks


Norne is a 3D printed Ploopy Nano + Corne case mash-up by Diitsuku.


Lev Popov's Orbital is a tiny standalone trackpad you can stick on your keyboard.

Model H

Model H is a USB controller for IBM Model M – by John Hawthorn.

Hot-swap socket holders

Two hot-swap socket holders for handwired builds shared by ghostfaceschiller.


The Tether is a 3D printed case that allows you to choose between split or unibody and change on the fly. Shared by u/brother_bean.

Keyboard Spotting

Chornobyl Control Room 3

An intriguing keyboard layout: Console in Chornobyl Control Room 3 posted by Hunor_Deak.


A nice Skidata keyboard with a layout combining 1800 and ortho – acquired by u/iyeetdog.

This issue was made possible by the donations of:, PCBWay, MoErgo Glove80, Aiksplace, u/chad3814, @keebio, @kaleid1990, Cyboard, Sean Grady, MKUltra,, u/motfalcon, cdc, Bob Cotton, kiyejoco, KEEBD, Richard Sutherland, FFKeebs, @therick0996, Joel Simpson, Jacob Mikesell, Lev Popov, Christian Mladenov, Spencer Blackwood, Yuan Liu, littlemer-the-second, Christian Lo, Upgrade Keyboards, Daniel Nikolov, Davidjohn Gerena, CENTOREK, Fabian Suceveanu, Skyler Thuss, u/eighty58five, anonymous

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