Welcome to WoodKeys.click. Back at the beginning of March, my good friend Michael introduced me to the world of mechanical keyboards. He was working on a new build, and wanted to make a wood frame (more on that build later). Since I had been learning the ins and outs of CNC routers, we decided this was something that could be done.
The first prototype was a great confidence booster. The keys didn’t fit the right way, but they did fit sideways. Clearly there was much to be tweaked, but the first result at least led us to believe we could make this work.
Along the way, I decided that I wanted to build a keyboard as well. Not content with the typical plastic keys (in any of the myriad of styles), I wanted wood keys. A few prototypes later (and more hours than either of us care to count), and we still don’t have a full keyboard. But we are having fun and getting closer.
The first fully functional prototype is the Anoop, an enhanced numpad with a thumb key crafted from cherry and walnut (and that polycarbonate I found sitting around the makerspace). Read all the details on the dedicated build log.
I hope you enjoy following along our crazy journey into wooden mechanical keyboards. And yes, we do have some of these things for sale.