Apr 25, 2018634 views

Story behind my Orcas keyboard wrist rest

The first time I switched to use a mechanical keyboard for typing, I knew a wrist rest is a must have. Without a supporting rest, my wrists would be painful after a long-time typing. Most mechanical keyboard users should know the pain.
My first rest was made of foam and worked fine. However, it started to peel off after a couple of months and looked so ugly.

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As a wood worker and DIYer, I was wondering why not build my own wooden rest. This is what I made from a scrap piece of pine found in my garage.

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As you can see, it is definitely not perfect, but it feels so much better than the foam one. I like the sliding angle, the firm supporting and the touch of polished surface.
With the success of the pine wrist rest, I chose purple heart, one of my favorite hardwood to seriously build my second wrist rest. The wood is harder than pine and should be sturdier. In addition, the vigorous purple color is an eye catcher. My friends and peers love it and lots of them asked me to make one for them as well.

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As a consequence, Orcas (my favorite animal) keyboard rest was eventually born. It is made of premium walnut hardwood, with lighter-colored cherry hardwood strips to pop up the whole look. I carefully decided every measurement and the sliding angle, so that the rest provides the best user experience. There are two high-quality anti-slip rubber feet at the bottom to ensure the rest sits firmly on table. Moreover, given that wood has a natural property of warping, I cut grooves at the bottom to prevent warp deformation.

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Now Orcas keyboard rest is ready to get on the market. I am proud of my product and feel confident that more people will love it. If you agree that I make a great wrist rest, please click the following link and vote YES. https://www.massdrop.com/vote/-Product-Orcas-Mechanical-Keyboard-Rest

Thanks for reading!
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Great design!
the purple heart one you made looks very clean and nice.
Ho1y
Thank you! I love that one too!
Ho1y
I forgot to mention one thing. From the perspective of a woodworker, purple heart wood is not as workable as walnut. Also, naturally purple heart is not always bright purple. The color becomes darker and darker over time. Walnut and cherry are generally stable and I think the contrast between these two is appealing.
Looks great, what price point are you aiming for?
newDealer
Thank you for your comment and interest! MSRP is $39.99 given the manufacturing cost and prices of similar products. Group buy price is definitely even more attractive. Just depends on how many people are interested to buy. PS: we are running a sale right now. If you would like to have one very soon, let me know to get a better deal. Thanks!
OrcasKR
Nice I would be down. Thanks