awesome computer DIY

Wooden Aluminum Keyboard


reddit user doublecloverleaf has machined and milled his own beautiful computer keyboard from aluminum and fresh (freshly dried anyway), walnut wood.  The walnut came from a tree that his neighbors had cut down last year.  He had it milled and then dried for a year so don’t worry, it shouldn’t warp or check or crack.

milling keys

He milled each of the 91 keys on the keyboard out of blocks of aluminum.  It took him a total of 12 hours for all of them, at least in a perfect world, he messed up a few sets of keys though, so he had to re-do them.  I’m not sure how he messed them up though, no photos of the mess ups.

I like the whole thing, but I am not a fan of the flat topped keys.  I like a little bevel to them, it makes it feel more natural.  I also don’t see any of the raised marks to let you know what keys your fingers are on.  But I guess that’s not necessary for everyone.  There’s not too much of the wood visible unfortunately, but it still looks good.  I’m glad he used warm white LEDs, people don’t use those enough anymore.

Check out the Imgur Album he put together of the whole process


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