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Offline Kakkun

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Laika TKL (Wood & Stainless Steel Custom Phantom Keyboard)
« on: Mon, 30 June 2014, 06:49:22 »
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I started planning this back in March. The plan was to build the case out of stainless steel and walnut.

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It would be a TKL with blue switches. My current keyboard, the Model M, was excellent, but quite large.

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This is the Laika TKL. I've named it after the space dog from the Soviet space program.

BUILD LOG AVAILABLE HERE

CAD FILES HERE
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5a5b-z15Yv_ekJzX0loYndlOEU/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5a5b-z15Yv_U2ZxZUtTYkx6cnM/view?usp=sharing

Special thanks to:
matt3o for all of the helpful posts, and for all of the inspiration
MOZ and this post (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=48007.0) for supplying the basis of my plate files
nubbinator for designing the Apollo GT 10 keyset (sorry it didn't work out!)
Justin @ http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/ for helping out with the purchase
Horii-san @ http://nps1.jp/eng/custom/ for creating the stainless steel plates
https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/
http://geekhack.org
http://deskthority.net/


Offline jorgenslee

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 25 August 2014, 09:33:41 »
Wow, nice idea on the wood sandwich. I might do this in case I will build a JD40. Looking forward to the final result.

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 25 August 2014, 11:17:52 »
its so fantastic...  :( am jealous
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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 25 August 2014, 11:42:32 »
Bump for visibility.

you got my attention ;)
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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 25 August 2014, 12:25:49 »
This is beautiful! I want a wood case in the worst way. My husband has some great woodworking skills and I've been after him to make me something similar to this. The wood sandwiched between the two plates is really nice and clean. Great project! Particularly impressive since you learned to solder while doing this.
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Offline Kakkun

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 25 August 2014, 22:05:23 »
This is beautiful! I want a wood case in the worst way. My husband has some great woodworking skills and I've been after him to make me something similar to this. The wood sandwiched between the two plates is really nice and clean. Great project! Particularly impressive since you learned to solder while doing this.
It was also my first real woodworking project as well.

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 25 August 2014, 22:18:03 »
Great wood work.

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 25 August 2014, 22:18:13 »
Turned out great, good job!
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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 17 September 2014, 06:07:24 »
Any update on this custom? I might do something like this in the near future!

Offline Kakkun

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 18 September 2014, 00:51:25 »
Sorry Jersern the thing is complete. I just haven't had time to update it. I'll to post over the weekend.

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 18 September 2014, 01:42:21 »
Really curious to see how it turned out! Also, what screws did you use? They look to me like thumb screws.....

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Re: [In Progress] Kakkun's Custom Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 19 September 2014, 12:04:23 »
Looking forward to seeing the final result.
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