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Christened the Buccaneer , this is our take on a Steampunk Keyboard design - essentially a mechanical computer keyboard that has been modified to resemble an old world aesthetic. The project was inspired by the Steampunk Keyboard created by Jake Von Slatt .

A few more photos of the completed Buccaneer Keyboard can be found on rampkins.com

And, just to show it is a fully functional keyboard, see it in action in the video below!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iExv-aYj32Q

We hope you enjoy our build log!
 
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Step 1: Making the keys

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The keyboard began as a Das Model S Ultimate , chosen for its distinctive sound and suitability for our design. The first part of its conversion was to make the brass keys. The plastic keys were popped off the Das , then snipped down with tin snips so that just the stem remained.

Next we cut brass tubing down to size with a chopsaw , while sanding a rim on the end after every cut. The rim was added so that the keys closer resembled that of a typewriter, and to get rid of the saw marks the chopsaw left.

Oak doweling was then cut to length, and the bottom drilled so that the key stems could be slotted into the dowels and glued in place. The doweling was adhered into the brass tubing, filling the hole.

The lettering was designed on the computer, printed off, and then punched out with a hole punch . Protective plastic end caps were also punched out. Both were then inserted to give a completed key.
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BlackmagicSpt2 months ago

really nice

LoveMarriage2 months ago

superb work.

nice work.

KirpalSingh2 months ago

Super cool

Nice Work Great Job sir.

VoodooSpells2 months ago

great spot

SunilKmar2 months ago

nice work.

varunkmar2 months ago

great one.

Yuvrajsingh2 months ago

nice

Rahulkmar2 months ago

good one.

haiders2 months ago

good work.

irfanhaider2 months ago

nice.

elizazet2 months ago

awesome work

elizazet2 months ago

awesome work

nice keyword.

Awesome Keyboard.

beautiful keyword.

Fabulous work

Good job.

Great instrument.

good one.

Nice Work Great Job sir.

This is awesome

nice one work..

very nice..

nice collection;

i love with your job

Great collection

johnsonpaul6 months ago

love this design

GrahamAbbey6 months ago

stylish product

Rejanblink8 months ago

I dont get how you turn the square shaped keys in to round ones ?

Cringojames8 months ago

great keyboard mate..

Davementor8 months ago

great classic collection

KanwarSingh8 months ago

Nice collection bro :)!!!!!!!!

HarryLaine9 months ago

like your stuff !!!!!!!!

indiadumbells9 months ago

nice craftt

awesomee

mgalyean3 years ago
Great craftsmanship and major kudos that you didn't destroy an authentic antique typewriter to "harvest" the keys. It pains me to see people ironically destroying real antiques in the name of a trend that purports to reflect and honor a bygone design ethic. The irony will surely hit them upside the head one day and they might even feel twinge of fanboy embarrassment if not true (un)maker guilt.

I'm attempting to do the exact opposite in making a usb keyboard from a typerwriter.

That shouldn't be too hard, I say go for it. Back in the 80s I started turning an old Underwood into a printer but never got enough solenoids together. It was important to me that what ever mods I made would not permanently alter the typewriter. I decide early on that I'd be happy just controlling the keys and the CR/LF (funny how those terms actually make complete sense with a typewriter) and feed paper in by hand. Now you got me thinking about it all over again.

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