2015-11-30 (M) Desktop Chording Keyboard

After being cut, drilled, stained, and finished the base board was threaded with the wires used before. Switches were connected and tested before the key pads were fastened in place.

Switch wires coming from underneath base board

Switches connected

Keypads fastened in place

Wires were fastened to the underside of the base board using electrical tape and a 1/4" (6mm) cable clamp which was held in place under one of the mounting screws.

Cable clamp

Brass accent pieces were attached to each corner of the keypads and base board. Brass accent pieces were inexpensive and added character without overpowering the piece. Rubber feet were attached to the bottom of the base board to elevate it over the wires and reduce slipping during use. This ended the construction on the wooden keyboard itself.

Straight on view in sunlight

Second angle in sunlight

Downloadable Files:

To do:
  • Build plastic base
    • Cut shape from sheet plastic
    • Drill wiring holes
    • Attach keypads
  • Build wooden base
    • Attach accent corner pieces
    • Attach keypads
  • Write instructions

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2015-08-21 (W)