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I just finished building my first custom keyboard and thought it would be cool to start a discussion page where we could all share our custom builds.

I joined Massdrop's Vortex backlit keycap drop a couple months ago and designed and built the keyboard while I waited for the caps to ship. I went with gateron brown switches, an acrylic case (with a steel backplate), blue LEDs, and a Teensy 3.2 microcontroller for my primary components. For some reason I though it would be fun to hand-wire all of the keycaps and LEDs, so I spent a couple days soldering resistors to LED's and trying to avoid creating shorts while putting together the switch matrix. (Next time I'm definitely going to use a PCB).
Here's a picture of the wiring before I added the LEDs
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Here's a couple other pictures
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Hag.com
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Mar 5, 2017
Oh, more customs!
My first build, an atomic with dvorak and my own layout of symbols on first layer. Runs TMK and has erga clears, but they are a bit too tactile in my opinion. Has red and brown gaterons on the way, which will be in the next projects. Custom made oak case and two different sizes of wrist rests. I had not muck problem soldering the matrix, however it's quite a bit smaller than yours and lacks leds, so there's a bit less soldering.
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One disadvantage is that it's so custom there is almost impossible to find keycap sets that will fit it. Was really interested int Mito's canvas set, but to cover the whole board I would have had to join like 6 of the kits, and im not that deep into the rabbit hole to find ~$250 affordable, and then it would anyway have lacked the 2u enter key. :( But I ended up buying the novelties and some more anyway, for further projects!
svencov
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Mar 5, 2017
Awesome build!!! The oak case looks amazing!
Hag.com
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Mar 5, 2017
Thanks, your's looks really nice too!
he.yun
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Feb 26, 2017
It always nice to see someone made something!