Cheap and Easy to Make Steampunk Keyboard

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This is by far the longest and most tedious a part of this, and any Keyboard mod. The Cutting of the keys! Here we might want to modify the prevailing keys to look extra just like the keys on an previous typewriter.

Before we begin this step, if you do not have a photographic reminiscence, I’d recommend that you just take an image or make a diagram of the keyborard earlier than you begin popping off keys.This method you may reference it later when you should put the keys again on.

Taking the keys off may be very straightforward to do with a flat head screw driver. (See Pic 1) Simply push the flat head screw driver all the best way down between a key. Then gently transfer the deal with away from the important thing and it ought to pop proper off. Now discover the important thing that you just simply popped off because it most likely went flying!

Once you might have the important thing off, we have to mark the world that we’re slicing. Since I’m utilizing stickers I traced the dimensions of the sticker onto the important thing after which reduce off every part else. (See pic 2)

To reduce the keys I used a Dremel software. While slicing, take care to not reduce off the middle shaft on the underside (See pic three) that is the peice we nonetheless must put the important thing again on the board.

Now here is the enjoyable half! You must do the above for ALL the keys in your keyboard. This will most likely take you fairly awhile. But do not worry, as a result of as you stick with it, you need to progressively get sooner as you learn to reduce the keys proper the primary move. My first key took about 2 minutes, the final key took lower than 30 seconds.

PLEASE NOTE When slicing plastic, it’ll soften and harden into bizarre chunks on the plastic and or go flying as nicely. The items of melted plastic in your key can simply be damaged off, so don’t fret about slicing them off. However, flying plastic that’s melted is HOT and will burn you if it makes pores and skin contact. It additionally smells. So you’ll want to put on correct eye and pores and skin safety, in addition to do that in a nicely ventilated space.

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