GOLEM keyboard project

Tools and skills needed

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Skills

The only necessary skill what people new to keyboard making usually freaks out is soldering. You can watch hour long videos on this topic, but you should grab your iron and try to solder instead. Here are my tips on soldering.

I spent a lot of time with researching and searching for the proper soldering iron, materials and accessories, but looking back, I overcomplicated things. With buying the first and cheapest iron I would be probably at the exact same stage of keyboard making I'm right now.

Minimal set of tools needed

You should manage to do everything with a soldering iron, wire cutter, tweezer and exacto knife. (Plus some stuff you have at home around like a screwdriver, a sheet of cardboard (soldering mat), needle (mark tool), ruler, marker etc.) Pic: Tools to use

Tools on the picture and where I get them from:

ToolsPrice [USD]Tips
Soldering iron150You don't need this expensive model, I wouldn't buy this again either. I saw irons starting from 4$ on aliexpress.
Wire cutter6A set of 4 different pliers from a nearby supermarket.
Tweezer5A set of 3 tweezers from aliexpress. Plastic tweezers will melt, you need something more durable.
exacto knife1Well, a sharp little knife will do it too, but this one is great and cheap.
Screwdriver?I'm pretty sure you have something like this laying around at home.

Good to have tools

This is a shot with all the tools I used during the S.Torm build. Pic: Tools used

ToolsPrice [USD]Tips
Soldering iron150You don't need this expensive model, I wouldn't buy this again either. I saw irons starting from 4$ on aliexpress.
Wire cutter6This was a set of 4 different pliers in a nearby supermarket.
Tweezer6Again, a set of four tweezers from aliexpress. Plastic tweezers will melt, you need something more durable.
exacto knife1Well, a sharp little knife will do it too, but this one is great and cheap.
Screwdriver?I'm pretty sure you have something like this laying around at home.
Multimeter18For checking continuity, switches, diodes, controller pins, troubleshooting etc.
Wire stripper?Not necessary, but sometimes useful.
Third hand?Not necessary, used once or twice only.
Steel rulerThis is useful combined with the exacto knife when cutting things.
Solder suckerI'm not a big fan of this. Maybe a more expensive model would make a difference.
ScissorsMainly for cutting cardboard. Both for cardboard prototying and little cardboard pieces protecting plastic parts while soldering.
Keycap/switch puller
Carpenters squareTo bend diode legs. Not necessary, find something at home which is the perfect shape and size to bend diodes.
Soldering matI don't like this and tend to lay a sheet of paper/cardboard on it while soldering. That being said, a sheet of paper is all you need.