After using my previous hand-built keyboard happily for more than a year, I finally finished building a second one, thereby improving on some of the shortcomings of the first build.
- Case and plate handmade from 2mm plywood, six layers in total
- Columnar staggered layout
- Cherry MX Clears
- Handwired like a 4×12 ortho
- QMK on an Arduino Micro
- Blank PBT keycaps
- Case: between 25h and 30h
- Wiring: 5h
- Planning: countless hours
So why build a second one?
- Carrying the keyboard to work every single day, as I did for more than a year, is tedious
- Forgetting the keyboard at home or at work is a PITA. I can no longer bear regular, row stagger keyboards, especially rubber domes
Why so similar to the first build?
- Because it works so well
Changes to my previous build
- Case construction.
- the case is now made of six layers of 2mm plywood (formerly 5 x 3mm)
- no layer flipping and thus a much more beautiful look
- Placement of a key. It moved from the thumb row to the middle finger column
- Screws on the backside
- Let-in rubber feet
- Different varnish