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« on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 13:37:35 »
Edit: if you are interested in joining a group buy for a acrylic case that fits a Filco tenkeyless keyboard for around $165 shipped CONUS, PM me.

I just realized that I have been hiding my acrylic keyboard cases in the Phantom group buy keyboard thread.

Here are a few pictures of the different acrylic keyboard cases I have made so far.











edit: added black+red case picture
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« Reply #1 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 13:46:02 »
Can you build a split one for a Kinesis Advantage ?
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« Reply #2 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 13:50:37 »
I have a Advantage right in front of me.  It would be very difficult to do it with lasercut acrylic because of the curves the Advantage has.  Lasercutting can only cut in 2 dimensions and the acrylic thickness is the 3rd dimension.  That 3rd dimension can only be straight.

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« Reply #3 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 13:58:52 »
Wow, these are incredibly cool. Do you have the tools to make one for a Leopold TKL? Alternatively, with metal?

You should consider doing a gb for these things, they are nice!

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« Reply #4 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 14:03:12 »
Love that last one Litster!

I want to do the phantom but not sure if i can afford it :(

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« Reply #5 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 15:13:34 »
Those are super nice I love the top one with the white and blue trim. I don't suppose that blue trim is LED or better yet Neon gas filled is it ?
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« Reply #6 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 15:16:03 »
VERY good work lister!:smile: Indeed it is a pity that the darn things are so expensive...

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« Reply #7 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 15:25:50 »
Love the white and blue
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« Reply #8 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 15:45:46 »
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Those are super nice I love the top one with the white and blue trim. I don't suppose that blue trim is LED or better yet Neon gas filled is it ?

It is transparent blue acrylic.  I have also done transparent orange with black (not shown), but it isn't as good looking.

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Love the white and blue

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the black+blue and clear are absolutely incredible.  it's a pitty they're so costly to cut.


I like white with transparent blue accent the best.  But the black top works with both black and white keycaps, whereas white top works better with black keycaps IMO.  I could do two color schemes, opaque white/transparent blue, and opaque black/opaque red, then you could swap the colors.  Or I can do full opaque white and opaque black and you can make zebra scheme for both cases.

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Wow, these are incredibly cool. Do you have the tools to make one for a Leopold TKL? Alternatively, with metal?

No, I don't have a Leopold.  It was hard enough to try to make the case work for both Filco and Phantom.  They are supposed to be the same, but there are minor differences.

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You should consider doing a gb for these things, they are nice!

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VERY good work lister!:smile: Indeed it is a pity that the darn things are so expensive...


There are indeed expensive.  I could do a group buy.  But I did some math, it would be about $165 including material, setup fees, laser time, all the hardware to put the case together, and shipping within the USA.  I don't know if it is worth it...

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« Reply #9 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 15:49:29 »
I want it. Put me on the list. I'm #1.
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« Reply #10 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 15:49:42 »
I recently started fiddling with some wood working and this gives me an idea of some nice wooden cases.  I love your idea of the transparent acrylic between the upper and lower which would help alleviate the curvature issue.
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« Reply #11 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 18:14:57 »
Payment sent!! :becky:
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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 18:39:10 »
I still really like the clear on the bet so far! Anyways I am glad to see that Filco compatibility is still a go. Nice work Litster can't wait for the GB
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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 18:48:17 »
Would love one, but sadly just too pricey for me :(
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« Reply #14 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 19:09:44 »
PM me if you are interested in getting one.  If there is enough interests, I might do a group buy.

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« Reply #15 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 19:17:29 »
What are you referring to when you say "one". Is it just the acryl case or a phantom acryl case bundle and what pricerange are we talking about if a group buy for one would indeed happen ?

Also, very nice pictures.

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« Reply #16 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 19:44:20 »
would love a white and red one similar to the white and blue one
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« Reply #17 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 19:49:46 »
I mean if you are interested in getting one acrylic case for $165, PM me.

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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 22:32:17 »
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can I get one this color?? hideous right, but perfect!
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« Reply #19 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 22:56:36 »
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can I get one this color?? hideous right, but perfect!

LOL!  Probably not.  It will either be white/blue or black/blue.  I can't even find red arcylic at the right thickness.  Any color outside of black and white, there are only 1 or 2 thicknesses to choose from and most often they are not at the thickness I need.  Sorry.

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« Reply #20 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 22:58:33 »
Thats a shame :( I am not really a fan of either of those color combos to be honest.
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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 22:58:48 »
litster is becoming one good keyboard-er
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« Reply #22 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:01:17 »
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« Reply #23 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:03:05 »
The whiskerBoxer will still probably buy one of your dumb colored cases!
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« Reply #24 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:17:05 »
Can I get mine in orange/green?
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« Reply #25 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:20:06 »
in for carolina blue and hot pink.
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« Reply #26 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:21:01 »
I could do custom color if cut them all myself, but I can't, because I can't cut them all myself.  Because of that, doing one-off colors would be even more expensive.

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« Reply #27 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:22:13 »
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The whiskerBoxer will still probably buy one of your dumb colored cases!

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« Reply #28 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:22:35 »
i'm just messing =p

im fine with black/white, white/black.

do you have a set date for this? i just spent a ton of money so im looking to buy towards the end of the month o.O
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« Reply #29 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 23:25:03 »
awesome! bit pricey for me though -- for not much more than that one could probably have a similar design done in aluminum...

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