A few months ago, I was browsing through my local hardware store and came across a MacBook Air keyboard that looked more like a standard keyboard than a custom build.
The design was minimal, but the feel was very solid and the keys felt great.
And then one day, I saw a tweet by a user that included a photo of a custom Macbook keyboard.
The keyboard had been built using a $3,000 CAD CAD model, but it’s built entirely out of aluminum and is the first thing you see when you open the box.
That’s right: a Mac keyboard with an all-aluminum chassis, all-metal construction, and a $1,000 price tag.
While you could probably build a keyboard for about half that price using less aluminum and less parts, you’d still need to find the right parts to make it a real product.
I was so excited to build my own custom keyboard, I decided to try it out.
I wanted to build it with the most out-of-the-box, most-accessible components possible.
I’d spent a good chunk of time on the Macbook Pro’s keyboard, so I knew how to solder, drill, and solder together the right components.
I also knew how the Mac’s keycaps would look when printed on the aluminum, so that made building the keyboard even easier.
In the end, I went with a keyboard with two main parts: a standard mechanical keycap and a mechanical, clicky, click-sensitive keycap.
The latter is an important step for me because it’s something I’ll likely be using for the rest of my career.
For the keyboard, though, I wanted something a little more tactile, so the clicky keycap would be the same as the traditional keycap but with a tactile layer.
The main reason I decided on a clicky keyboard is because the click is the one thing that makes mechanical keyboards feel more like keyboards in general.
With a mechanical keyboard, the mechanical keys have a distinct click and the tactile feedback makes them feel responsive.
This tactile feedback means that you don’t feel the mechanical part click on the surface of the keyboard.
For this reason, mechanical keyboards tend to be more comfortable to type on than a clickpad, which can feel a little cramped and awkward.
But with a clickable keyboard, you can just type without worrying about how the mechanical parts are feeling.
You can also type faster and more accurately.
So, to get the most of a click keyboard, we’re going to use it as the main mechanical key.
And as an aside, I’m actually pretty good at mechanical keyboards.
So I’m going to spend some time on this one.
First, you need to get some aluminum.
You’ll need about 20 grams of aluminum.
To get a solid, non-porous base, you’ll want about 25 grams of that.
I found that the cheapest way to do this is to buy a sheet of aluminum that is about the same thickness as the keys.
I used the same sheet of the same type of sheet for this project, but I also used a very cheap aluminum bar that cost about $6.
So you want to buy at least a sheet that is 10 millimeters thick and that is not a very dense material like polystyrene.
Next, we’ll need some keys.
A standard mechanical keyboard keycap is actually about 30mm long.
For my purposes, I want a mechanical keypad that will have a smooth, noncorrosive surface that won