GOLEM keyboard project

How to build your own keyboard?

This is my collection of step by step guides for the total beginner regarding keyboard building. These will answer the most frequently asked questions like: Why would you build your own mechanical keyboard? What parts and tools you'll need? How much will it cost? How to actually build a keyboard? What is a keyboard matrix? How to do handwiring? 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 your own custom keyboard.

  1. What's wrong with usual keyboards?
  2. What's wrong with QWERTY?
  3. Tools and skills needed
  4. Cardboard prototyping
  5. Keyboard matrix
  6. Firmware and flashing
  7. Build log: Building a macropad
  8. Build log: Building the S.Torm46

Keyboard lexicon

This keyboard lexicon is a tematic glossary of 800+ keyboard related terms. If you are new to keyboard building, this may be useful to get into the hobby.

Split keyboards

A good keyboard is split or fixed-angle. Period. Here is a list of split keyboards I'm aware of. Filter keyboards by development stage, size, features like Bluetooth, staggering etc.

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.