It was at this point that I found stickers of old typewriter keys and realized another way I could make my keyboard "look" like it had old typewriter keys
Thus I present a way to make a steampunk/typewriter looking keyboard for under $50 that the average person can easily make him/herself
Screw Driver - both Philips and flat head will most likely be needed
Dremel Tool - with plastic cutting blade
Pliers - Needle nose work best for the finer cutting
Small saw for cutting the scrap wood
A Keyboard - DUH!
Roll of felt a bit larger then the size of the keyboard - Black looks best
Brass Friction Lid Support - found at Home Depot
Brass Spray Paint
Type Writer Key Stickers - Nostalgiques by Rebecca Sower
- Also the website http://www.orientaltrading.com/ has Typewriter stickers now.
Step 1: Select a Keyboard
You can use any keyboard you have, even cordless, though when selecting one, try to keep some things in mind.
The one I used here was an old Packard Bell keyboard. I chose this one because I liked how the keys sounded when pressed. They made a nice clicking noise that was almost like an old typewriter. Which would be perfect for a steampunk mod. However , not all keyboards make noise, and after modding, the noise might not sound the same.
Be sure to take into account the size and number of keys, as you will be cutting ALL of them by hand.
If you are using a cordless or newer keyboard, you may have some buttons that will require some additional modding or might prove too much work to mod.
Before you start you should open up the keyboard, (see step two) to look at how it's put together to decide if you can/want to mod it. Mine had a nice metal piece in the middle that made putting this together 10x easier (see step 4). However, some keyboards may not have any extra support for the keys. What you need to be looking for here is that you do have something to hold the keys with the top piece off.