GOLEM keyboard project

How to build your own keyboard?

Step by step guide for the total beginner. Why would you build your own mechanical keyboard? What's wrong with a normal keyboard? What parts you'll need? What tools you'll need? How much will it cost? How to build a keyboard? What is a keyboard matrix? How to program your board?

Most keyboards today make no sense. They follow obsolete concepts. You are unique, your hands and fingers are unique: you deserve better.

  1. What's wrong with usual keyboards?
  2. What's wrong with QUERTY?
  3. Why to build your own keyboard?
  4. Tools and skills needed
  5. Parts needed
  6. Layout design
  7. Plate design
  8. Cardboard prototyping
  9. Keyboard matrix
  10. Firmware and flashing
  11. Build log: Building a macropad
  12. Build log: Building the S.Torm46

Split keyboards

Here is a list of split keyboards I'm aware of. Filter keyboards by development stage, size, features like Bluetooth, staggering etc.

Handwiring guide

My approach to handwiring. Another frequently requested guide.

The GOLEM evolution model

This is an evolution model for optimizing logical layouts in Hungarian. Letter frequency, bigraph and trigraph statistics. This was my original area of interest and the main reason to start this site.