I like weird keyboards! I made this one 2 years ago! Don't worry, it still works, even though it's in 2 pieces and bent and tilted and without letters!
How I made this:
- I bought 2 identical keyboards
- I disassembled them
- I erased all the letters using sandpaper (this is important for touch typing)
- I cut the plastic frame and the spacebars with an angle grinder
- I made new spacebar stabilizers by bending and cutting the old ones
- I unsoldered the LEDs on one of the keyboards
- I cut the USB cables and soldered on new USB connectors
- I put a piece of paper between the layers of the keyboard matrix where it is unused
- I drilled some holes, put it back together with some extra screws and improvised clamps, anyway it works in the end! ^.^
- oh and I built the frame out of Fischertechnik blocks. Some are custom 3d printed.
How much it cost:
- 20€ for the 2 original keyboards
- Fischertechnik blocks probably worth around 10€. They are reusable though!
- 0.2€ for the USB connectors
- about 0.2€ of 3d filament
- almost a month of work
The problem I have with this keyboard is that by putting two different, custom, keyboard layouts on them, I broke some programs. Some programs don't like multiple keyboard layouts. That's why I'm making a new keyboard now, it'll have its layout in custom firmware, so it won't interfere with the programs on my computer!