21. November 2019 - Building a mechanical keyboard
Why? that’s the question many people ask when you tell them that you are just about to start building your own mechanical keyboard.
For me, at least, a keyboard is not very special. Indeed. But, nonetheless, it’s super satisfying to build yourself a “perfect” setup. And by building a keyboard yourself, you can decide how it looks and most importantly feels. After all, you can say you build it yourself. And did you know that r/mechanicalkeyboards has about 500k followers. Crazy, right?
For a custom keyboard build, you need:
- a PCB
- a case
I ordered them from AliExpress and kbdfans.com, which has quite a good selection of these parts. Last weekend all the parts arrived and I could start the assembly.
For the switches I chose Kailh Jade switches. I didn’t expected them to be as loud as they are, but they feel quite nice. Not sure if I stick with them, because it literally sounds like you are squashing these air-bubbles from delivery packaging.
Unfortunately though, my aluminium plate from AliExpress does not fit the keyboard layout I want. Clearly I newb mistake. But I now ordered a new and more fancy brass plate from kbdfans.com. Hopefully, this will arrive in a few weeks.