Spawned from my own stubbornness to use as much of the original keyboard as possible, I'm embarking on this journey to build my dream board.
The purpose of this thread is to document the creation of this board. I'm bound to make some mistakes along the way so feedback is more than welcome.
The constraints I'm working with:
- Must use the full alpha block of the stock Xerox Docutech
- Must fit in A87 form-factor case
Here is the layout that I'm currently planning (mostly just a starting point right now. not exact):
As you can see from the image, the alphas are 1/4u shorter than standard. I'm hoping that this is not terribly noticeable in the end product but it's definitely the elephant in the room so I'm just going to put it out there. The white caps are undecided placeholders where I need to find some good color match candidates (I'm mostly working with @gainborough's discarded keycaps )
In the past, I've done some off the wall keycap combinations to fill a board. But that is not going to be the goal this time. For this keyboard (as stated above) I would like to preserve as much of the original design as possible.
My first stop is going to be fabricating a custom PCB. To accomplish this, I plan to use skullydazed's amazing Kalerator tool to generate an Eagle project from a KLE and tweak to my needs. I hope to get a start on this tonight and will make sure to post my progress.
Wish me luck as I venture into the crazy world of captital-'C' Customs. If the meme gods are on my side, this might just work out.
Which brings me to my first question: Is there a KLE I can use as a reference to get the A87 measurements correct?