2015-11-26 (Th) Desktop Chording Keyboard

Planning for a wooden base was done. Parts were purchased. A 1x12 (19mm x 286mm) piece of lumber was purchased. At the lumber yard the stock was investigated to find a piece of lumber capable of fitting everything and pretty enough to match the project. Finding suitable wood didn't take long and cost approximately $4 USD. Hardware was also purchased which will match the wooden look. Stain was purchased which should contrast nicely with the keys.

Finger pad and thumb pad pieces were placed on the board to determine their usable position. Measurements were taken so the raw end of the wood, which was marred and had a sticker, could be removed. A border around the pieces was left at a minimum of 1" (25mm). All measurements and sketch lines were made on the bottom of the wood so the top would not show any markings.

Eight holes were marked on the board where mounting screws will be drilled and inserted to hold the finger pad and thumb pad. Two more holes were marked which will allow the wires to pass to the bottom of the board without being obtrusive.

 Initial markings

Sketching a border
Finding the optimal typing position
Final markings

To do:
  • Increase hub size
  • Print thumb switches
  • Assemble
  • Publish models
    • Finished stl model with 0º base
    • Finished stl model with 15º base
    • OpenSCAD code
  • Build plastic base
    • Cut shape from sheet
    • Drill wiring holes
    • Attach keypads
  • Build wooden base
    • Design
    • Construct or shape
    • Drill wiring holes
    • Stain
    • Finish
    • Attach keypads
  • Write instructions

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

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Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2

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