Scott Watermasysk Husband, Father, and KickoffLabs co-founder. Interests: basketball, bootstrapping, keyboards, training, and Building new things


This build was a labor of love and some pain and misery. But in the end, I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Typically, a split backspace takes your standard 2U backspace button and splits it in half (i.e., into two separate keys). You can usually choose to whatever keys you want for these two keys. I (and many others) prefer pipe and backslash for one and tilde and accent for the other. You can then take the standard 1.5u pipe and slash and convert that to backspace.

The Noah is my first keyboard by Matrix Lab. It has a few rough spots that make getting everything set up a bit of a challenge, but it is well worth the effort.

The Luna is the first board from Ungodly Design. The design is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

The Mysterium is a TKL through-hole produced by CFTKB. It is the much bigger sibling of the Romeo (and slightly larger sibling of the Discipline).

Romeo is a 40% through-hole keyboard kit produced by CFTKB.

I finally had a chance to build my Matrix Labs Noah. It is a 65% keyboard with very clean lines. It is also one of the first Matrix Labs boards to support QMK.

The Dimple is a 40% keyboard designed by LazyDesigners.

The main reason I bought the Rama M60-A was the Jony Ive (all white) build. The initial build turned out great, but after a while, it was starting to feel a bit sterile, so I decided to mix things up a bit.

I was hoping I could use this board to test out some switches on after my failed Tokyo60 experiment.

I recently picked up the Tokyo60 Rev 3 from Drop. I am a big fan of the HHKB layout, loved the blue color, and wanted to find something that I could test new switches in without having to put strain on my M60-A.

Most of the keyboards I have built have been the result of finding different parts that were available at the time. This build was the first time I purposely set out to acquire a specific set of components.

I was searching for a Happy Hacking HHKB on eBay and came across a listing for KBDFans Tofu with an HHKB layout. The board looked to be in good shape and had a price much better the Happy Hacking. I figured it was a good and cheap way to try out the HHKB layout.

The NK65 is NovelKeys entry-level aluminum keyboard. It is an excellent option for your first custom board: