This guide will show you how to build a mechanical keyboard designed for typing one thing only - “VOTE”! Perfect for responding to heated political debates on social media, or simply reminding friends & strangers of the most important action they can take as citizens of a democratic society. Bonus – anyone named Veto or Tove can use it to type their name as well.
1 x Printed Circuit Board
8 x Mechanical Keyswitches, Cherry MX compatible, PCB mount type
5 x 1u Keycaps, Cherry MX compatible (see notes below)
1 x 3u Spacebar Keycap, Cherry MX compatible (see notes below)
The PCB is designed to be used with Cherry MX compatible PCB mount keyswitches – as opposed to plate mount keyswitches. PCB mount switches have two extra plastic posts on the bottom that keep the switch from twisting horizontally during installation & while in use. Plate mount style switches can be used instead, but they will exhibit the aforementioned twisting behavior.
Due to the unusual layout, finding proper keycaps for this project can be a challenge – particularly the 1u Return & 3u spacebar caps.
To create something similar without scouring r/mechmarket, you can pick up the English Spacebar & Base kits from this set. Alternatively, you could use caps from this complete set which costs a bit more. Whichever keycaps you end up using, just make sure they're Cherry MX compatible – which is the most common type.