There’s more than one way to make a mechanical macro pad, and this wooden wonder represents one of our favorites. [Tauno Erik] had an old rubber dome rectangle keyboard lying around that still worked, but the poor thing was missing some of its caps. After salvaging the controller, [Tauno Erik] got to work on the tedious task of figuring out the mapping of the matrix, which was made easier with a Python script.
Almost every component of this beauty is wood, including the mounting plate and those thicc and lovely keycaps — their top layer is solid oak, and the bottom bit is birch plywood. In order to interface the ‘caps with the switches, [Tauno Erik] designed and printed connector pieces that sit inside the extra large keycaps and accept the stems of the key switches.
Speaking of switches, we’re not sure if [Tauno Erik] ended up using Cherry green switches, browns, or a mix of both (that would be interesting), but each one is mounted on a custom PCB along with a diode and a pull-up resistor. You can see more build pictures at [Tauno Erik]’s site, and stick around for a visual tour of the completed build after the break.
Wood is a great choice for keycaps, and we imagine they’ll only look better with age and use. A more common use for wood on a keyboard build is in surprisingly comfortable wrist rests.
5 thoughts on “Custom Macro Keyboard Looks Good In Wood”
It would look good If it would be in wood, instead of laminated glue
It’s the wood that makes it good.
Am I the only daily reader who is tired of KeyboardADay?
Here’s one for your tipline – a stereo tube distortion box that runs on just 12V. No DC-DC converters, only 12V. https://groupdiy.com/threads/low-voltage-vacuum-tube-saturation-amplifier.77783/#post-991519
Oh come on, at least this article didn’t use the f***tastic word “keeb” instead of keyboard. ;-)
I mean why not yboard, eeboard or byoard or whatever (with at least some semblance with “board” and “key” not neither)?
Those are some chonky keycaps.
I like the look, but I don’t need to build any more character sanding wood.
Laser engraving does sound like a good way of getting custom icons on your keycaps.
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