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I call them "CouchSurfers"

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Original Poster42 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Okay

I've used a keyboard on my lap for a long time, and really wanted a solid mechanical lapdesk for gaming. There's similar plastic options out there, but mechanical keyboards are pretty easy to build (r/mechanicalkeyboards) and so I designed one myself :) EDIT: I should mention, these are wireless.

I routed them out by hand with my Ryobi, sanded and stained them with some satin antique walnut polyurethane.

The complete one is made out of oak, and is my personal board.

The other 4 are made of maple, 3 of which found new homes :)

EDIT: Wow, this blew up! Thanks for the comments and interest, everyone, I'm very excited to see this kind of response for my work! Come by the Keyboard Cottage and say hi! If you'd like to place an order go here and a PayPal invoice will be generated within a day.

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I checked out r/MechanicalKeyboards but I couldn't find anything really similar to what you did here. Did you buy all the switches yourself and then hook them up to a custom controller? Or did you simply disassemble an existing mechanical and mount the keys into your frame here. This would be a pretty awesome gift so I would love to try it if possible.

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Original Poster7 points · 1 month ago

I purchased the parts and put them together myself :)

Mechanical keyboards generally consist of the housing or "case", a PCB (printed circuit board), the switches, and in many cases a mounting "plate" that hold the switches steady and attaches to the case by varying methods.

I designed my custom plate for a common enthusiast layout (the "60%" keyboard) and had a small batch of them manufactured so I could experiment with making a few different kinds of cases. Bought a Bluetooth PCB, some fancy clicky switches, and the rest is history!

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Alright I'll give it a try!

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Best of luck! If you need help or suggestions with parts, soldering, etc I'd be happy to help :)

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Which pcb did you use? And how do you find a compatible battery? I just built my first wired keyboard and I think this might be my next project.

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

The YD60BLE from kbdfans

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How is programming that PCB?

Your design here has inspired me to build something similar but with the ability to slide an ultra book into it.

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RICO’S ROUGHNECKS!

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Original Poster10 points · 1 month ago

The only good bug is a dead bug!

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Original Poster7 points · 1 month ago
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Half life 3 confirmed!

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

Good eye ;)

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Lit

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13 points · 1 month ago

How much...?

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Original Poster13 points · 1 month ago

I think I break some subreddit rules if I answer this...?

PM me if you're interested, I guess!

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You're not. You're allowed to tell people who ask. And I'm asking.

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Original Poster12 points · 1 month ago

Oh, okay!

Within the DIY keyboard market, I sold them as empty cases for people to build their own boards in for $125, but can complete boards for cost of parts and labor, and a bit of time.

Here's my Facebook page that shows more of my work. Feel free to dig through my reddit profile, too, I suppose!

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10 points · 1 month ago

That's a very reasonable price, actually. good on you

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

Thanks! Definitely wanted to keep the price down on these so that they were reasonably affordable, especially since the rest of the parts are costly.

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Yes. Please let me know in which direction I need to throw my money.

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

Right this way, sir! Or PM me directly, or visit my Facebook page. :)

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THATS SO COOL.

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Original Poster3 points · 1 month ago

Thanks!

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The wife will be super pleased when I tell her I found yet another project to start.

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This is so cool

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Original Poster3 points · 1 month ago

Thank you!

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I’ve been thinking about something like this for me. Steam on the big screen from my main rig, and gunna fire up my old rig and throw Linux on it and put a bunch of old gaming system emulators on it.

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2 points · 1 month ago

They look c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y awesome! Great idea and execution, I really hope you can look into producing them commercially.

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2 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

PCMR would love this. I love this. There’s definitely a niche market here because the other attempts have been very half assed from the big peripheral makers like Corsair. If I’ve a build guide or video.

EDIT: This is solid wood and not ply right? Btw, a stand to accompany this setup would be great. I really really want a build guide. Video, pictures or otherwise.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

These are indeed solid hardwood.

The completed one is made of oak, and the other four are made of maple, sanded and stained with a couple coats of satin polyurethane.

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This is cool but I would want the mouse to park somehow (magnets?) and for it to have a handle.

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

I use a section of rubber in between the keyboard and mousepad on mine to hold the mouse when it's not in use. Thought about magnets but not many mice have magnetic bottoms, the only one I know of is the Logitech G703/603.

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Could embed magnets into the mouse and into the board potentially.

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Wired or wireless?

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Original Poster7 points · 1 month ago

Both :)

The PCB I used is USB Type C, Bluetooth 4.0. I also got some breakaway magnetic cables, so the port never gets damaged.

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Just curious, could you share with me what PCB you used?

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

YD60BLE from kbdfans.

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me too pls :)

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

YD60BLE from kbdfans :)

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2 points · 1 month ago

That a kit or something? I'd love to see where you got it. I just finished my own living room controller for Mame : https://imgur.com/gallery/F3SwBD9

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Designed and made it myself :)

I make a lot of keyboard stuff from wood by hand, have sold a few things on /r/mechmarket.

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Any ergonomic ones? I'm kinda hooked on them....kick-started an ergonomic one, X-bows...starting to wonder if I'll ever get it.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Like an Atreus, or split boards? Haven't done one yet, but I could definitely whip something up relatively quick.

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Which PCB is that? Just finished a DZ60 build and I wouldn't mind doing something similar as a next project.

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Original Poster3 points · 1 month ago

The YD60BLE

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wow this is pretty awesome, quick question.

how much is it to just purchase keys to make your own keyboard in general? without the board and all the fancy stuff you have i mean. just curious if i should make my own keyboard one day.

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For a scratch/custom build prepare to drop between 400 and all the money you have.

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im confused, a quick google search for a full set of keycaps is $30 ~ $40. how'd you come up to $400?

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I'm talking caps, plates, switches, resistors, controller, case, stabilizers, lube (optional), LEDs (optional). You can get a cheap set of just caps for 40, but for a full scratch build you're going to go up pretty quickly

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yikes :(

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Like most hobbies, you can get your toes wet cheap, but the deeper you go the emptier your wallet gets

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

All in all, my personal build cost about $300 to complete.

Compared to some of the other custom boards out there it was pretty reasonable for a fully custom mech, especially with it being a niche lapdesk like this :)

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Aww man, that's a bummer. It's so pricey to build your own, maybe I'll invest in making one in the future. For now I'll just admire yours

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Amazing. I would really love to see a parts list and tutorial for this. I want to make my own. (I promise I won't sell them)

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1 point · 1 month ago

I call them "cool". Nice work buddy

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These are cool, a possible improvement is to add like a beanbag to the bottom like those lap writing desks have. Keeps it a bit higher up and sits more comfortable on your lap. In any case, fucking sweet dude.

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I need.

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Been trying to figure out how to go about doing something like this but haven't come up with a plan I liked. These look good though.

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dovetail padawan1 point · 1 month ago

But why make 5 though ? Ah, right, /r/mechanicalkeyboards...

Anyway, great job ;) !

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Where can I throw money at you profusely and acquire one of these

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

You can fill out this order form, PM me directly or message me on my Facebook page and I'll get you a PayPal invoice :)

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Can we discuss price or is price non-negotiable?

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

I'd be open to dropping the price a bit :)

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Unless I may have missed something, what might the price be?

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That's.. a great idea. Wonder why I haven't seen this before.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Thanks! Could never find anything exactly like it either, and the stuff that was close was made of cheap plastic and low quality parts, so I designed and made one myself.

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Well now I need one.

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Interesting that you went with a left hand design. The mechanical keyboard is a nice touch.

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Look at the position of the space bar. They are right hand design.

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(If it were the other way around) He’s got a kickback deal goin with a network of doctors who repair carpel tunnel.

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Sheesh. I see it now. I must have been confused by the size of the space bar and the position of the keyboard/mouse pad. I normally keep mine pretty close to the edge which I'm sure is not the most ergonomic setup.

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Will actually buy one if it’s reasonable

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