Custom Wooden Mechanical Keyboard

Custom Wooden Mechanical Keyboard - Tauno Erik

I had one old and cheap rubber dome keyboard with missing keys. So I take it apart and found this controller PCB board. The board pads were coated with graphite. I removed it and soldered wires on it. And put it on a breadboard. Then I mapped all rows and column combinations to find what scancode they output. For this, I have the python script to display which key is pressed.


Then I designed PCB for one switch. It is with breadboard friendly layout and uses through-hole components. And made a plywood mounting plate, stained it black and lacquered. I connected the buttons through the mounting plate to the circuit boards.


Then I figured out which buttons I wanted and soldered right C and R wires in the right places.


I also made a plywood case.


The next part was keycaps. I could use plastic ones. But I wanted them to be symmetrical and with symbols on them. So again I made them from plywood. The top layer is solid oak. Other is birch tree plywood. Laser cutting them and glued together. One part is 3D printed. Cross shape part that connects keycaps to switches. The hardest part was sanding the keycaps to the right shape. I did it by hand, but it should be mechanized process. And also my keycaps are larger than normal keycaps on the keyboard.


All wooden parts are finished with Liberon Black Bison Antikvax.

Links:

7 thoughts on “Custom Wooden Mechanical Keyboard

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: