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So everyone else has some kind of build log and since I never get anything done here is mine.
Hopefully this will be an ongoing thing and not just once off.

Over the past while I have gathered some old components and picked up a few new ones from people over the past while so I can "build" and hand wire my own keyboards
By the end I am hoping to create a custom minimalistic board with custom pcb, case and keycaps.
For now though I am Stealing everything I can from other boards and making a Frankenstein board out of the graveyard that is growing in my room.

Day 1:
Desoldering a old Razer board to steal the keycaps and switches. (Yes I forgot to take more and better Quality pictures)
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If anyone is going to do this in the future make sure you have everything you need first.

Day 2: (YES I WILL CLEAN THEM SOON)
Use another 10 keyless board I have lying around and destroy it!!!
In sort cut the F row and arrows off and made a 60% keyboard.
Making a huge mess everywhere and not cutting very straight decided to paint it black quickly add some switches use some really dirty keycaps and other doubleshot caps and I am left with this:sd.jpg20180901_083058.jpg

Since Razer doesnt seem to conform to standards none of the caps or stabilizers are interchangeable I am Stuck stealing some keycaps from my Ducky Keyboard (Ie space and purple keys) to get everything to work. Thus there are funny gaps and a missing Alt. (Not that I am wanting to use the alt but it now annoys me that there is a gap in the spacing now)

Hopefully soon I can start wiring!!! :D
 

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@mohitgarg his a keyboard builder type of guy
 

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Day 3:
Soldering all the 1N4148 diodes.
Yes I suck at soldering but I am still getting the hang of it. If anyone whats to give some tips please do so.
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Damn that is some shoddy soldering2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg

Got a little better by the end.

Next need to do the column wiring.
 

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@Ant_Shrew any update on this. Would be nice to see the end product on this and know how it is working for you...
 

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Very nice work Ant, looking good! How did I miss this thread until now?
 

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@Ant_Shrew any update on this. Would be nice to see the end product on this and know how it is working for you...
I cant really work on it during the week. Will hopefully have an update this weekend.(y)
Hopefully will wire the columns and try connect the controller
 

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Doubt I am going to have time this weekend to have a look at this unless I find time tomorrow

Helped out with fixing another keyboard first.
1) some broken traces that I just hardwired.
2) A dead switch the I replace the housing with another switch
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Not the wire I should use but its what I had on hand at the time. Again some shoddy solders :'(

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Now one by working keyboard

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Day 4:

Fixing up the ugly brown wires1.jpg

Secondly wiring up the columns.
far right lots of little sections.
left single line with sections of the wore stripped20180915_085115.jpg

Definitely like the stripped wire rather than the sections.2.jpg
Nearly half way. Time to get some other things done.
Also need to go back and clean up the ugly solder points
 

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Day 5:

Finishing up wiring the columns of the switches. Every thing looks so neat2.jpg

Then I finally realised that I was an idiot again. the micro controller on has 18 pins that I can use. The keyboard in this layout needs 19pins. some very messy fixing and I finally ended up with:9.jpg

Looks messy but it should work.
Lastly was wiring up the micro controller
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I forgot to take a final picture. but everything is wired up. Now to get to some programming.
 

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Looking great man!!!
 

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Still dont like that the bottom row of keycaps dont fit but have other I will try.

After the programming need to try figure out a good way to build a case around it
 

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Welcome to the rabbit-hole. Once you start on custom layouts and layers, there's no going back. I assume you are on geekhack?
 

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Welcome to the rabbit-hole. Once you start on custom layouts and layers, there's no going back. I assume you are on geekhack?
Wouldnt say im on GeekHack but been wondering through the forums
 

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