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Offline JJ48_24

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Gentleman 65
The Gentleman 65 combines the sleek look of natural wood, with the fun of frosted acrylic to produce a truly unique look that differs from existing boards on the market. The board consists of 2 3mm frosted acrylic layers, topped by 2 layers of 6mm of wood, a frosted acrylic wedge, and 2 feet that give the board an angle of 7į. The board is unique in its inclusion of a top mounting system, something rarely seen on the laser cut board.


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PCB
The Gentleman 65 PCB has been designed to deliver numerous features while still maintaining ease of use. The PCB includes Kailh Hot-swap sockets, a rotary encoder, 14 WS2812B RGB LEDs to illuminate the acrylic, USB C, and VIA compatibility.


Layout
The Gentleman 65 aims to have an elegant yet functional layout, using no blockers to achieve a clean aesthetic.


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Manufacturing
The boards will be produced locally. I and my partner are confident we will be able to maintain the light color of the bamboo with little to no discoloration even through laser cutting. We can have a small run shipping by late January with a larger one to come. Price is estimated at $150-$200


Specs
-Wood and Frosted Acrylic
-65% layout
-Top mount
-7į typing angle
-Rotary encoder
-Hot-swap
-RGB underglow



Survey
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Update 1
Many People have been asking for a darker wood so here is some walnut. Given the interest, the run will most likely be split 50/50. Keep in mind different woods may have different prices.


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Update 2
Many people have been asking for iso and a soldered PCB. We will defiantly offer a soldered PCB supporting as many layouts as possible however, this PCB will not be available for the run shipping in late January due to time constraints and the limited number of boards being sold in that run. You can expect an r2 with many more units and with a soldered/iso PCB option coming soon after r1 is done shipping!

Also to answer some questions
-Pcb mounted stabs
-Plate material is acrylic and will be only acrylic for R1
-No I won't make it sat 75 layout/add blockers
-Definitely no Bluetooth in the near future


Update 12/12
We have had some hurdles in prototyping which is the reason everything is slightly behind schedule. The prototypes should be completed sometime next week with the R1 raffle opening on the December 21st and ending on the December 28th. The delivery date may be pushed into mid-February due to delays in the prototyping process.

Limited Edition
The Gentleman 65 limited edition combines PVD coated brass with luxurious Gabon Ebony to create a premium aesthetic. 4 of these boards will be auctioned in a blind auction on the 21st. (more info next week) 1/3 of the money collected from the winners will be donated to one tree planted. Comes with options for either soldered or hot-swap PCBs. The plate will be brass.
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Solderd PCBs
We are excited to now be offering soldered PCBs for R1. The only caveat being that the boards with soldered PCBs will most likely ship later than the hotswap boards. Expect ~1 month
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Pricing and availability
Availablity for R1 will be as follows

48 Walnut
48 Bamboo
4 LE

50 Soldered
50 Hotswap

Pricing

Walnut - $165
Bamboo - $150

Soldered vs hotswap will not affect pricing.


I highly recommend you guys join the discord as that is where I am most active in providing updates. https://discord.gg/KD4qnJ34Hs
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Offline JJ48_24

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Re: Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 09:32:17 »
Please fill out the survey. It will only take a minute or 2 of your time! I highly recommend you guys join the discord as that is where I am most active in providing updates. https://discord.gg/KD4qnJ34Hs
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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 10:25:50 »
Im in love

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 10:57:30 »
oh I like that, interesting choice for case material! interest checked  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 13:46:22 »
POG I like the bamboobies :p

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 13:51:12 »
How dare you post this during No Knob November. How could you do this to us?

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 14:12:13 »
This is super cute, always down for some wood options and you really made something unique with the resources available to you. Hoping to see other options for the wood itself!

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 18:56:09 »
Will you have other wood options available? I'm a nut for cherry (both the wood and the company) as well as walnut and would absolutely love to have a board made out of one of those.

Offline Havattack

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 19:15:17 »
Bezels are WAY too small for me, can barely tell it's wood. I think those wood keyboards with the built in wrist  look better.

Godspeed to those digging it anyway!

Offline ddrfraser1

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 20:31:51 »
Very cool design. Novel and refreshing.

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 02:54:53 »
This boards increadibly amazing. I've seen a few wood cases here and there, but nothing that looks similar to this. What material is the plate made out of? And will the stabs be PCB or plate mounted?

Offline Alga

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 07:32:23 »
Loving the looks. Someone mentined above the built-in wristrest, sounds like a nice idea. But i would say to offer one that matches the hight of the case as an optional addon.

Whats the ISO support expectations (short left shift and tall return)??

Very good pricing.




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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 11:29:52 »
I'm really interested in this project. I like the use of bamboo or other woods as this feels very unique.
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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 11:47:28 »
Very nice use of materials, I'm interested.

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 13:33:51 »
Very interestedólove the look. Agree with the comment that a wider bezel would be nice.

Regarding the plate, any chance of releasing the plate file so that people could get a custom 1.5mm plate cut instead of the typical 3mm acrylic? (Similarly, would the mounting system accommodate a thinner plate?)

Offline JJ48_24

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 14:15:12 »
R2 will most likely include plate options. However, if anyone that buys in R1 wants plate files I would be glad to supply them.

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 16:12:53 »
The Walnut is absolutely gorgeous and this price is also amazing. Will we be able to press the rotary encoder for a mute function? (Just asking since they're typically volume knobs)

Offline JJ48_24

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 16:30:54 »
Yes, rotary will have push button!

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 14 November 2020, 04:54:04 »
I'd like to say that I'm here for this! Super clean and simple. Love the mixed acrylic and wood!

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« Reply #19 on: Sat, 14 November 2020, 09:14:00 »
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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #21 on: Mon, 16 November 2020, 21:00:32 »
How are you avoiding charred edges on laser-cut wood?

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 17 November 2020, 00:00:19 »
Looks super interesting! Not a fan of rotaries though :/ GLWIC

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 18 November 2020, 14:58:49 »
dang, if it wasn't for the lack of a bottom row blocker, it would be perfect imo

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« Reply #24 on: Wed, 18 November 2020, 15:02:50 »
Walnut + frosted acrylic case AND ENCODER?? Instabuy

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 26 November 2020, 08:23:18 »
Just curious, will there be any prototype photos before the GB?  I'd like to see pictures before I hop on.

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« Reply #26 on: Fri, 27 November 2020, 05:50:54 »
Iím hoping this has a weight so that it doesnít sound too hollow.

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 27 November 2020, 07:03:52 »
Count me interested!

Offline JJ48_24

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 - Laser cut wood board combining class and pizazz
« Reply #28 on: Mon, 30 November 2020, 16:45:44 »
Just curious, will there be any prototype photos before the GB?  I'd like to see pictures before I hop on.
Yes, prototypes will also be complete very soon!

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #29 on: Sat, 12 December 2020, 19:40:08 »
Now comes the worst part of this hobby, or so I've been told, the waiting. I hope I get one of the raffles so I can buy this. It's perfect for what I'm wanting my first board to be.

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 12 December 2020, 19:55:28 »
What layouts are supported by the solder PCB?

Offline JJ48_24

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #31 on: Sat, 12 December 2020, 20:54:10 »
What layouts are supported by the solder PCB?
I added a pic of the layout

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 13 December 2020, 01:36:30 »
I didnít see a mention of if/how you will be stabilizing the wood?  I canít imagine that a stacked wood build would be able to maintain consistent edges over time with natural wood.


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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 14 December 2020, 14:20:45 »
I didnít see a mention of if/how you will be stabilizing the wood?  I canít imagine that a stacked wood build would be able to maintain consistent edges over time with natural wood.


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I second this concern. Wood likes to move over time. It could be made a design feature by overhanging the material seam (like
a lot of tables built with frames), which would make the edge movement less noticeable over time.

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 21 December 2020, 02:38:56 »
I told a friend Iíd get him this for Christmas, so Iím hoping I get through. 😎

Offline JJ48_24

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 21 December 2020, 09:27:36 »
I am hoping for you too buddy!

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Re: [IC] Gentleman 65 (12/12) Update Limited Edition, Pricing and availability
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 18 January 2021, 04:59:11 »
I'm in!