Most detailed Instruction how to built a Steampunk keyboard
from the workshop of Admiral Aaron Ravensdale

This project is not the first who talks about the construction of a keyboard in stylish design.
But to my surprise I didn’t found a manual anywhere that describes what materials
are used and what are the problems you meet during the construction.
Another problem was that I didn’t find a German description.
So I am proud to present the first German Version (You currently read my translation).
To remedy this, and to help not as technically gifted Steampunker, I decide to close this gap.
I have documented almost every step and building instructions with pictures and text for anyone who is interested in.
I hope it gives you such a large project without pitfalls and failures to achieve.

For the complete project I need over 250 hours!
Next week I prepare a PDF (70 Pages) which shows to every step the picture to use this visit my website and download it.
Don't forget to switch to English upper right is A UK Flag.

You also will find the Keylayout.

If you have questions or even suggestions you can send me a mail or visit my website.


Well Good luck with the replica.
Admiral Aaron Ravensdale

If you can imagine i need serveral days to translate it into English...
If you find some part which are totally rubbish, please translate it into "real" English and send it to me by PM
imrational1 year ago
There is a finite number of manual typewriters and your project requires three to be destroyed.

Your project looks great, but I humbly ask you to take it down or change it to be more maker and less destroyer.


yhung13 years ago
what a beautiful piece! so amazing! i wish i was good in craftsman like you.
Javin0073 years ago
The only word I can think of is: Stunning.
ironsmiter3 years ago
your finished project looks AWESOME!
Can't wait for that epic PDF to match the epic keyboard.
Datamancer would be so proud :-)

To those of us looking to replicate this look, please OH PLEASE don't use vintage, working model M keyboards for this.
There are other clicky keyboards if you must. This also works with NON model-M keyboards. If you have the money to throw at it, buy a http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/cus101usenon.html
They still make them NEW(and with USB!).
This saves the original brain-smashers in all their original glory.
As a true typographer, I concur with the desire to preserve the ever-dwindling resource of working Model M keyboards.

As the project basically overlays the original keyboard, there really isn't any reason to cut up the larger keys.

Despite the sacrifice, I imagine that the result would be a reasonably good typing experience.
I've always loved the old Model M. After a bit of research, it was easy to find who now holds the patent. They sell 'newer' Model M keyboards as well as others.

Here's the link:
jeffrey42833 years ago
This is an amazing piece. Beautiful details all over. Truly a functional piece of art my absolute favorite kind there is. Now I've got to build me one of these.
On my keyboard I used black felt, and wrapped it around the ends. I noticed that you did not finish the sides of the board. The color of the LEDs on the board are easy to change out, the bulbs are very cheap.

You have several nice solutions:
1. Your handling of the circuit board underneath, and
2. Your attaching the LED Lamps to the board, and
3. Your choice of a killer font.
This is a very, very nice job. Your instructions are very precise and detailed, and your English is understandable, much better than my German. I promise to buy you good beer if you show up at my house. First Class all around.
Gazook3 years ago
That's one awesome piece! Every cubicle out there should have one :)
CaptAmazing3 years ago
Well done!! Very inspiring!
Winged Fist3 years ago
Truly a work of art. I particularly like the addition of the usb lamps. Well done, and thanks for the detailed Instructable!
alfamc23 years ago
chicopluma3 years ago
beautiful work
There is no way on earth that I have the skill or money to aquire this most amazing brilliant creation! I can sure admire it from afar though. It is a piece of art! Gorgeous!
woodfuzzy3 years ago
Admiral... you have done an beautiful job! And documented it very well.
Thanks for an amazing instructable.
mariopc3 years ago
What a great creation, very nice.
alkatran3 years ago
Admiral your work is GREAT!

To those people who don't want old type writers to be recycled; please joing me and many more people in the hunt for a suitable replacement.  Staples sell a range of stationary items designed around the old typewriter key, see here:


NOW if someone could find the acutal manufacturer who provides these to Staples and posted it then no longer would we have to take apart old rusting typewriters.

I live in the UK and I have not been able to rack down the manufacturer, perhaps someone in the USA might have better luck. I certainly have orders to make many keyboards just as soon as I can find a supplier of old keys I can start making keyboards.

So lets ALL get looking and posting what we find!!!
mnorth3 years ago
I think it would be cool to have an orange backlighting that looks like there is an internal furnace.
gigiokdg3 years ago
Masterpiece! great job and very inpiring!
tn.3 years ago
absolutely *gorgeous*.
Istarian3 years ago
What'd be even more awesome would be using real typewriter keys or an equivalent replacement.
Johnny86113 years ago
a really nice piece of work, awsome. also your traslation to english is very good, i just wish I had enough money to make one.
Electorials3 years ago
Really Really awesome!! Another great creation of you :D