Clueboard Build Quickstart
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The first thing to decide on is your layout. You can see the options in the image above.
When you have chosen your bottom row put those caps on switches. You will need them to determine the proper location for each bottom row switch.
Before you solder anything make sure your PCB is working. When you plug it in the Underlight, if you added it, should shine blue. When you use a piece of wire to bridge two switch contacts together letters should be typed on your computer.
Your Clueboard requires PCB mount stabilizers. Make sure you install them before installing and soldering switches.
You may use either PCB Mount or Plate Mount switches. The only difference between these are two protrusions on the underside of the switch.
A note if you use PCB Mount switches: It is recommended that you install switches into the plate and PCB at the same time. You will find it very difficult to place the PCB if you have already installed switches into the plate.
Do not use too much heat when soldering. If you are using solder with lead choose a temperature around 350º C (675º F), and if you are using lead-free solder choose a temperature around 400ºC (750º F). Temperatures higher than that may cause chatter and other hard to diagnose issues.
Once the keyboard has been soldered together assembly is simply a matter of mating the top and and the bottom half. You can simply lower the top half down, no tricky movements or twisting is necessary. Use a 3mm hex key to tighten down the included M4 screws.
Assembly With Spacer
If you are assembling with an acrylic spacer you will need to use the longer screws included with the spacer. Additionally, you will need to take extra care to line up the two halves of the case. After putting the two halves together with the spacer in the middle, screw the screws in part way, enough to prevent the two halves from separating but not enough to prevent the spacer from moving. Place the front edge of the keyboard against a flat surface to line up all 3 pieces. While holding it in this position, center the plate left to right. When everything is aligned tighten the screws down.