How to Build Your Clueboard 66% LP Hotswap

Note: This is a work in progress.

The process for building a Clueboard is similar to the process for building other custom keyboards. If you have built other custom keyboards you can apply the same knowledge when building your Clueboard. If you have not built a custom keyboard before you can use this checklist as a guide. Click on any of the headings to get more details.

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+ Check over contents

  1. Make sure everything you ordered is there.
  2. Look for any defects in the parts.
  3. Make sure you have stabilizers before installing switches into the plate and PCB.

+ Test the PCB

  1. Open Notepad or TextEdit
  2. Using a USB-C cable, plug the PCB into your computer's USB port. It should be recognized as a standard PC keyboard.
  3. Using tweezers, a piece of wire, or some other conductive material, make contact between the two pads of a single switch location
    • Your computer should register that keypress
  4. Repeat for several switch locations

+ Install Cherry PCB Mount Stabilizers

If you'd prefer you can watch a video of the process here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-HYNmtP1Hc

  1. (optional) Clip your stabilizers for a crisper feel.
  2. The stabilizer consists of 3 different parts; the Wire, the Frame, and the Insert.
  3. The Frame is the piece that clips into the PCB. On one side of the Frame you will find a hole that the wire inserts into.
  4. The Insert goes inside the frame. One side of the Insert has 1 hole. The other side has two holes. The wire inserts into the side with two holes.
  5. Place the Insert into the Frame, orienting the Insert so that the two holes line up with the hole in the Frame.
  6. Insert the Wire into the lower of the two holes on the Insert. Clip the Wire into the Frame
  7. Repeat for the other side.
  8. If desired, apply a small amount of silicone grease where the Wire meets the Insert

+ Screw The PCB To The Plate

  1. Screw in the Brass or Aluminum standoffs
  2. Place the switch plate face down
  3. Set the PCB into place, insert the M2 screws, and tighten them halfway. The PCB should move freely.
  4. Carefully insert the first switch into the LCTRL position.
    • Use one finger held directly against the hotswap socket when applying pressure. Do not press on the PCB itself!
    • Wiggle the switch clockwise/counter-clockwise as you insert it into the Plate and PCB, this will ensure the switch pins enter the socket properly.
  5. Repeat this process for the other 3 corners: RIGHT, PAGEUP, and GRAVE.
  6. Tighten the PCB screws.

+ Install The Switches

  1. Make sure that the stabilizers move freely.
  2. Install the remaining switches, following the same process as the corners:
    • Use one finger held directly against the hotswap socket when applying pressure. Do not press on the PCB itself!
    • Wiggle the switch clockwise/counter-clockwise as you insert it into the Plate and PCB, this will ensure the switch pins enter the socket properly.

+ Install The Bottom

  1. Using an M3 screw attach the rubber feet.
    • Place the taller feet in the rear for a positive tilt (More comfortable)
    • Place the taller feet in the front for a negative tilt (More ergonomic)
  2. Set the bottom into place
  3. Screw the bottom screws in halfway
  4. Make sure the bottom plate is aligned the way you like it
  5. Tighten all the bottom screws