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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1750 on: Tue, 22 August 2017, 16:01:57 »
30% of orders have been fulfilled as of today.

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« Reply #1751 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 04:21:31 »
Awesome news. Let me know when mine is ready to ship out and I will Paypal you some $$$


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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1752 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 12:19:59 »
43% of orders have been shipped or already delivered.

If you see an e-mail from Stamps.com with a shipping notification, it's most likely your SmallFry kit tracking info.  I've now added a more descriptive message to the stamps.com notification e-mail, as the default one is not descriptive at all.
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If you are still waiting for your kit and reading the thread, please PM me with your address update, if you haven't done so already and if I haven't reached out to you yet myself.  Thanks!
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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1753 on: Thu, 24 August 2017, 20:27:35 »
Look what I got in the mail today!



I've already started assembling it earlier this afternoon but I'll have to put off finishing it until later. Also, it never occurred to me that the PCB had LED points, so I'm going to order some LEDs from Amazon before I close it all up.

One modification I've already made, and I'll post pics later, is I drilled a hole through the bottom plate where the Reset button is. I reprogram my keyboards all the time (it's almost more of a hobby than the keyboards themselves these days) so easy access to the reset button is critical for me.

Other than that, I've just got to say that I'm super excited to see this come through and I can't wait to see all the builds.

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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1754 on: Thu, 24 August 2017, 21:16:58 »
One modification I've already made, and I'll post pics later, is I drilled a hole through the bottom plate where the Reset button is. I reprogram my keyboards all the time (it's almost more of a hobby than the keyboards themselves these days) so easy access to the reset button is critical for me.

Thanks for the update!  Great idea about the hole for the bootloader button.  Was it difficult to drill through the titanium or messy?  Granted, your kit was clear-coated titanium, so perhaps it wouldn't be as invasive as with colored plates.

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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1755 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 00:13:40 »
One modification I've already made, and I'll post pics later, is I drilled a hole through the bottom plate where the Reset button is. I reprogram my keyboards all the time (it's almost more of a hobby than the keyboards themselves these days) so easy access to the reset button is critical for me.

Thanks for the update!  Great idea about the hole for the bootloader button.  Was it difficult to drill through the titanium or messy?  Granted, your kit was clear-coated titanium, so perhaps it wouldn't be as invasive as with colored plates.

I have a drill press and lots of experience drilling sheet metal. The trick is, go slow and steady, short pecks with decent pressure and a nice, sharp drill bit. This will help break the chips to prevent long chips from forming which might catch onto the bit and spin around, scratching the finish.

If possible, put another piece of metal stock underneath the piece to prevent the stock mushrooming out at the bottom, but if not it's not hard to deburr with a Dremel, which I did anyway just to give the hole a nice chamfer.

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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1756 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 08:41:33 »
What LED's are suitable for this?
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« Reply #1757 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 10:16:03 »
The standard 3mm round or 2x3x4 rectangular, or the best (for no keycap interference) would be 1.8mm small dome LEDs off anywhere like eBay or Aliexpress and such.  Basically the same type of LEDs that most other keyboards use.  No 4-pin RGB LEDs, however.
Random example:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-8mm-Water-Clear-Diffused-Round-Top-Warm-White-Red-Blue-Light-LED-Diodes-/122100046749

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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1758 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 11:54:20 »
Here it is!



And here it is without caps. MX clears, stickered and lubed by TheChemist waaaaay back in the day:



Yesterday I mentioned one modification, the addition of a thru hole for accessing the reset button:



I also used a Dremel to remove the little workholding nubs on each plate:



I was able to do this because my plates weren't painted, YMMV.

To everyone who had a part in this buy--those who conceived it, promoted it, bought into it, ran with it, took it over, picked up the pieces, and saw it through to the end--all of you have my sincere thanks.

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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1759 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 11:58:29 »
Looks great!  I love the industrial gray-with-a-touch-of-orange look.

The hole is super well done.  The gray titanium plates actually ARE painted, just in matte clear cerakote.  I personally advocate leaving the waterjet sprues alone, because whether you have the little nub there or the polished surface after dremeling off the area will still be about equally noticeable.  There's a difference in texture as well as reflectivity/color.

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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1760 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 16:16:39 »
Just received mine in the mail and threw it together also, super cool little board. Huge thanks to Photoelectric for making it happen






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« Reply #1761 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 22:33:54 »
Loving all the photos!
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We're at 56% 60% fulfilled now (either already shipped, or dropping off at the post office tomorrow, or already delivered).

There will be some delay as more sorbothane gaskets need to be ordered.  I thought there were still more, but it turned out at the bottom of that box were some "missing" titanium plates instead.  Will contact Sorbothane with part number as soon as they are open again and get more.  Hoping their production period is quick.
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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1762 on: Sat, 26 August 2017, 21:09:08 »
Do we need pcb or plate mounted switches? It's been so long I don't even remember.
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« Reply #1763 on: Sat, 26 August 2017, 21:15:07 »
Do we need pcb or plate mounted switches? It's been so long I don't even remember.

Does not matter in this case, both will work. 

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« Reply #1764 on: Sun, 27 August 2017, 00:40:51 »
I understand where to solder the LEDs on the board but not sure where they go in relation to the switch/place
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« Reply #1765 on: Sun, 27 August 2017, 08:01:37 »
I understand where to solder the LEDs on the board but not sure where they go in relation to the switch/place

I don't exactly understand your question, sorry. The LEDs go into the switches with proper polarity: plus (long) leg into the circular + labeled hole on the PCB, minus (shorter) leg into the square - labeled hole on the PCB under each switch.  Just like for most usual backlit Cherry type switch keyboards. 


(source: http://www.maxkeyboard.com/max-keyboard-blue-3mm-flangeless-replacement-led-for-backlit-mechanical-keyboard-110-pcs.html)
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Re: [GB] The Smallfry Keyboard Kit (Closed for Orders)
« Reply #1766 on: Mon, 28 August 2017, 13:06:43 »
Mine arrived today, totally forgot about this until I heard from Photoelectric.

I have no switches, and am actually packing up to move, so will be a bit before I build this little guy out. Happy everything worked out, thanks a lot to all who made it happen!
  
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« Reply #1767 on: Mon, 28 August 2017, 13:11:08 »
Mine arrived today, totally forgot about this until I heard from Photoelectric.

I have no switches, and am actually packing up to move, so will be a bit before I build this little guy out. Happy everything worked out, thanks a lot to all who made it happen!

This makes me glad. :thumb:

If you remember post pics when you get it built. :D

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« Reply #1768 on: Mon, 28 August 2017, 13:18:39 »
Here it is!

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And here it is without caps. MX clears, stickered and lubed by TheChemist waaaaay back in the day:

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Yesterday I mentioned one modification, the addition of a thru hole for accessing the reset button:

Show Image


I also used a Dremel to remove the little workholding nubs on each plate:

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I was able to do this because my plates weren't painted, YMMV.

To everyone who had a part in this buy--those who conceived it, promoted it, bought into it, ran with it, took it over, picked up the pieces, and saw it through to the end--all of you have my sincere thanks.



Looking GREAT!!! 

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« Reply #1769 on: Mon, 28 August 2017, 17:34:05 »
Okay, the remaining sorbothane gaskets are on order, I was quoted a 3-4 week production period.  Had to get 50 gaskets instead of the 30 needed, because that's where the first break point in the price was, and it was a significant one, and we should have some extras anyway just in case someone messes up their gasket.  30 gaskets would have cost similar enough to 50.  Someone also contacted me about interest in a gasket for an earlier JD40 board, not part of this group buy.

Bottom line: rescuing this group buy is bloody expensive, getting close to two thousand dollars so far in shipping cost coverage and extra stuff that had to be purchased to complete the kits.  Extra gaskets will be available for sale (those that are beside the one included with each kit) with a little bit of a premium to help recoup some of the costs.

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« Reply #1770 on: Tue, 05 September 2017, 05:37:47 »
Could somone post a pic of how far down the front plate sit on the stabilizers? I had to file mine down but I'm not sure ive done enough as the switches barely seem to reac the board
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« Reply #1771 on: Tue, 05 September 2017, 10:10:17 »
Could somone post a pic of how far down the front plate sit on the stabilizers? I had to file mine down but I'm not sure ive done enough as the switches barely seem to reac the board




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« Reply #1772 on: Tue, 05 September 2017, 18:36:17 »
Could somone post a pic of how far down the front plate sit on the stabilizers? I had to file mine down but I'm not sure ive done enough as the switches barely seem to reac the board

You should be able to push the stabilizer stems as far as possible so as to have the bottoms of the switch housings just about touching the PCB.  Unfortunately tolerances on these plates with respect to stabilizers are on the tight side, so some plates require more stabilizer filing than others :(  If you have a good file, look at the sides of the stabilizer stem housings and file off any bits that stick out.  Then also try rounding corners a bit.

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« Reply #1773 on: Mon, 11 September 2017, 22:11:56 »
Very grateful I was able to get one of these after all but the stabilizer issues is killing me. I've tried for the last few nights to get these in and it isn't happening.

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« Reply #1774 on: Tue, 12 September 2017, 10:41:06 »
Very grateful I was able to get one of these after all but the stabilizer issues is killing me. I've tried for the last few nights to get these in and it isn't happening.

Have you filed the stabilizer stems that go into the plates?

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« Reply #1775 on: Tue, 12 September 2017, 11:01:52 »
Very grateful I was able to get one of these after all but the stabilizer issues is killing me. I've tried for the last few nights to get these in and it isn't happening.

Have you filed the stabilizer stems that go into the plates?

I've tried filing but I need a better file or at least a smaller one, mine is huge, tried just brute force which basically resulted in the stabilizer housing being shaved on one side which gave me the idea of using a razor blade to try and slice off some material (which almost went from bad to worse), I just don't see how it'll fit.  :-\

Obviously it is possible since others have had success, I'm just struggling for some reason but I've got plenty of extra stabilizers to destroy in this process.  ???

I never did get a dremel maybe now is the time...  :o

I feel like such a noob! :p

It's really too bad costar stabs won't fit, I don't like them but in this case I would make an exception. :D

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« Reply #1776 on: Tue, 12 September 2017, 11:19:33 »
A good sandpaper sheet is really all you need, something ilke 400-800 grit.  The plastic is quite soft.  You can place sandpaper on a flat countertop surface and gradually file off any parts that don't fit.

Costar stabilizers don't fit at all, even after extensive filing.  I mean the plastic bits fit, but they get deformed, and the stabilizer does not work properly.
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« Reply #1777 on: Thu, 14 September 2017, 13:15:02 »
More Sorbothane gaskets have arrived!  I'll ship 6 orders for which I have received address updates and then I'm going to be away until October 3rd, so the remaining orders will be shipped after that.

If you mess up your gasket and want a replacement or an extra, please let me know.  I have some extras on hand now (unfortunately at some cost).

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« Reply #1778 on: Fri, 15 September 2017, 12:46:33 »
We are now at 75% of orders fulfilled (shipped and/or delivered)

If you haven't confirmed or updated your shipping address yet, please contact me via forum PM.

Any voluntary donations to help cover the high costs incurred so far would be very much appreciated, as no money from the original GB fund was made available to me to cover missing parts, shipping materials, or shipping cost.

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« Reply #1779 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 21:31:11 »
There are still a bunch of people who are not responding to my repeated requests for shipping address update.  (I'm also missing a few originally entered addresses, as the copy of the spreadsheet that I have has some empty fields for addresses).  If you are one of those people and for some chance not seeing my messages, but do end up reading this thread at some point, please contact me ASAP.

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« Reply #1780 on: Mon, 23 October 2017, 16:19:24 »
Status update: 86% of the orders have now been fulfilled. For the remaining 13 orders, I'm still waiting to hear back from people about their up-to-date address information. 

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« Reply #1781 on: Wed, 25 October 2017, 23:09:22 »
And by the way

EXTRA SORBOTHANE GASKETS are AVAILABLE.  Please PM me if you need an extra one for whatever reason.

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« Reply #1782 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 18:47:54 »
Ok, up to 90% completed orders now.  Still waiting for a few people to respond with address updates.

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« Reply #1783 on: Wed, 15 November 2017, 17:21:20 »
Got mine a couple days ago. Thanks for making this happen, appreciate it !

In case anyone wants to hook up an ISP -- there's an error in the silkscreen for the PB2 and PB3 pads (MOSI and MISO on the ISP connector), they are swapped.
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