Still more of a lurker here, but trying to wrap my head around my own take on a small 40%-ish keyboard. I got inspired by jdcarpe his JD40 project and the Dvorak 42% of Joey Quinn.
I am currently debating about 2 possible layouts and would appreciate some input for this community. I am looking for a Colemak compatible size, a split space bar (because I only hit with my right thumb, so I can have a use for my left thumb as well) and I want to try column staggering.
The space bar sizes are 2 or 1.75, I like the 2 unit size because it gives symmetry, but I am not sure if this then requires a stabilizer or not.
I will start with experimenting with kiCad to design a PCB, because I want to give a PCB a try (if it doesn't work out, hand wiring it will be)
As I am a slow learner and very tedious about what I do, don't expect a working keyboard in several weeks :-)