Build day!!

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The most anticipated day to look forward to once all your parts arrive - especially when you have awesome friends who are also building! What I built (with help, of course - thanks @SpencerL):
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E6-V2 60% keyboard GMK Nines Zealios V2 67g GMK screw in stabilizers - clipped and lubed
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Kira60 V2 GMK Bento Gateron silent inks GMK screw in stabilizers - clipped and lubed Early this year, when I first started this hobby, it seemed super daunting because of all the different components. I had tons of questions but thankfully, had helpful friends to guide me throughout this process (and still do). For instance, why do you have to take apart the stabilizers to clip them? Why do you have to lube your stabilizers? Why can't you just use it the way you received it in its original form? So many questions!
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Not going to lie, I thought it was a tedious task to clip and lube the stabilizers but its a must! Once you do, you can't go back! No more mushy keys or rattling sounds - instead, you get a smooth, full sound.
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One of the first things I learned is to always make sure that the bottom row of your keyboard lines up with the layout you want while using keycaps to ensure there's space between them and your switches are in the correct place before soldering. Because what if you soldered in all your switches and come to find out when you put on your keycaps that it's wrong! You'd have to take it all apart and de-solder your switches to fix it.
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Soldering is actually not hard at all! It's a relaxing part of the building process, minus the fumes. Pro tip - Make sure you get those Hershey kiss peaks though!
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For both of my keyboards, they used QMK! Bonus pic: Left 2 keyboards that @Kevnwin built the same day
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Now that I've finished building these, I don't know what to build next! What's your next build or something that you want to build?
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Shalakazaam
531
Feb 19, 2021
after owning the NightFox (cherry) and Pineapple (mda) keycap sets, i realized that i prefer keycaps with big surface areas (i.e. mda). i already knew from images that i would not like tall and typically very sculpted keycaps. therefore, i knew i had to try XDA to determine whether i prefer it to MDA. i just picked up Buger's TH01 (xda) and Plastic (mda) keycap sets, which both look amazing. so now im just waiting to find a be-all-end-all 65% board/case to replace my NightFox. i definitely want a heavier board again, although a black or clear 65% kara would be dope if it existed. if anybody has any suggestions, please share :)
let me know your thoughts after you try new linears!
Shalakazaam
531
Mar 3, 2021
Will do
NOT.SIXVSIX
4
Mar 6, 2020
The color scheme looks great!
thanks!
bajanbassplayer
4
Feb 28, 2020
THAT IS WICKEDLY COOL
thank you! 🙇‍♂️
LevelSteam
Nov 28, 2019
What are your thoughts on that silver and red desoldering pump? I have one myself and struggle to remove any joints larger than what you'd use for a LED.
Yeah for sure! My friend has one of the desoldering vaccum pumps and it seems to clog a lot faster than these hand ones. Desoldering can be such a pain but it always seems like me or my coworkers have something new to rebuild :D
Tonicart
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Feb 29, 2020
I prefer to use a desoldering braid instead. Solder suckers are OK, but they don't get everything and always leave a little behind.
wrk13s
4
Nov 8, 2019
the white framed one at the back does it come in a 87?
That’s the grid 600 and I believe it’s only 60% https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=96581.0
wrk13s
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Nov 8, 2019
Thank you very much.
The cable bite is so cute
Dibs on panda one!
Definitely a fun build day! I didn't realize you took all these pics. The last one is hilarious because you can see the collection of tools needed for a successful day haha.
Time to invest in your own iron!
Love this! Always great helping people dive into the hobby with amazing builds. I appreciate your patience with learning everything :)