Part 1 of 2: How I built my first DIY mechanical keyboard in less than 2 hours

Assembling the hardware. Also read PART 2.

Vivienne Encarnacion
Jan 8 · 5 min read

This tutorial series is is heavily inspired by Ryan, and SydMeet 2018. The steps are very high level, and the tutorial does not include the ~scientific~ parts pertaining to why and how the mechanical keyboard works.


Bought from Don (was also available on SydMeet2018 loot bags)
Bought from Don (was also available on SydMeet2018 loot bags)
Bought from KBDFans

Step 1. Solder diodes to PCB

Flip to the back of the PCB and solder the legs of the diodes then cut excess legs.

Step 2. Insert stabilisers

The part of the stabiliser with long metal should go to the big upper circles, and the bottom part should go the small lower circles. I find it easier to fill the big circles first.

Inserting stabilisers
Properly clipped stabilisers (front view— left, back view— right)

Step 3. Solder pin headers

Inserting pin headers

Make sure that the pin headers are stable, and that the pro-micro can be inserted later to the pin headers. I tried to be resourceful by using an improvised “left foot” to the board. Solder the short pins individually.

Step 4. Solder switches

Combine plate and PCB by fitting the corner switches onto PCB.

Solder the corner switches first to build a good foundation followed by all other switches.

Step 5. Solder pro-micro

Step 6. Test if pro-micro is receiving power

\o/ praise the soldering sprites \o/

Fun fact: I forgot to solder a switch. Try to look for it in the image above. Answer will be on Part 2: Software configuration. Hahaha!


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