How I Built My Own Keyboard

Jesper
Jesper
Dec 26, 2017 · 7 min read
The finished product
The Microsoft ergonomic keyboard model to be replaced
Covering some of the main concepts via a similar keyboard
Orange for scale
All the parts waiting to get assembled. I knew there’d be plenty of soldering involved, so I made sure to lay down adequate protection on the table
Bonus points if you can spot the mistake I made
Spikey!
Fun fact: The purpose of these diodes is to ensure that the current only flows in one direction.
Protip: Ensure you have TRRS and not TRS jacks/cables.
Be careful to attach the pins on the correct side, as the two halves will be inverted.
I certainly hope that your soldering skills are better than mine 😳
Most of the solder removed, still some left to go…
At last. I jumped up and danced around the room at this point to celebrate.
Sandwiched, as it should be.
Top left near the corner, D24. Note the gnarly Pro Micro.
Almost as satisfying as bubblewrap, attaching the keycaps is definitely one of the highlights of the project.
Cool red glow from the Pro Micro shining underneath
Make the investment in a small/fine tip if you can. It’s worth it.
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