Build your mechanical keyboard

Building Your Dream Mechanical Keyboard: A DIY Guide

How to build your own mechanical keyboard

Assembling a mechanical keyboard from scratch allows you to create a personalized typing experience tailored to your preferences. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of building your own custom mechanical keyboard.

  1. Gather the necessary components:

    To build your mechanical keyboard, you'll need the following components:

    • Keyboard Case: Choose a case that suits your desired size and aesthetic. Amazon link
    • PCB (Printed Circuit Board): This is the heart of your keyboard, responsible for registering keypresses. Amazon link
    • Plate (optional): A plate provides added stability and can influence the typing feel. Amazon link
    • Mechanical Switches: Select switches based on your preferred actuation force, sound, and tactile feedback. Amazon link
    • Keycaps: Choose keycaps that match your desired color scheme and material. Amazon link
    • Stabilizers: These ensure that larger keys like the spacebar and enter key remain stable during use. Amazon link
    • USB Cable: This connects your keyboard to your computer. Amazon link
    • Tools: You'll need a soldering iron and solder (unless using a hot-swappable PCB), screwdriver, tweezers or switch puller, and a keycap puller. Soldering kit Amazon link, Switch puller Amazon link, Keycap puller Amazon link
  2. Stabilizer preparation:

    Trim any excess plastic from the stabilizers and apply lubricant to reduce friction and noise.

  3. Stabilizer installation:

    Position the stabilizers in the appropriate locations on the PCB or plate, depending on your keyboard design.

  4. PCB testing:

    Connect the PCB to your computer and use software like Switch Hitter or VIA to verify that each switch contact point is functioning properly.

  5. Switch preparation:

    Apply lubricant to the switches, if desired, and inspect for bent pins. Straighten any bent pins before proceeding.

  6. Affix the switches to the plate and PCB:

    Insert the switches into the plate (if using one) and align the switch pins with the corresponding holes on the PCB.

  7. Solder or insert the switches:

    For a standard PCB, solder each switch in place. For a hot-swappable PCB, simply press the switches into the board.

  8. Test the assembled keyboard:

    Reconnect the PCB to your computer and verify that each switch is working correctly.

  9. Case assembly:

    Position the PCB and plate (if used) in the keyboard case and secure them with screws.

  10. Keycap installation:

    Attach the keycaps to their respective switches using a keycap puller.

  11. Final testing and adjustments:

    Perform a final test of your assembled keyboard and make any necessary adjustments.



preferences and typing needs. Enjoy the satisfaction of using a keyboard you've built yourself, tailored to your unique style and requirements. Happy typing and gaming with your new, one-of-a-kind mechanical keyboard!


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