Wood Is Good: A Scrabble Keyboard

January 19, 2009


Ever wondered what a keyboard would look like if it had Scrabble tiles for keys? This. Finally, you can sleep at night.

This keyboard was commissioned by a couple of friends of mine from back east (NJ) who are avid Scrabble players. Most of the keys are made from real Scrabble tiles that were all hand-beveled (truly an exercise in patience/masochism!) and built onto a USB, clicky, mechanical-switch keyboard. This keyboard was going into a Mac environment so I decided to use brushed aluminum for the casing and round all of the corners to keep with the sleek, simple Macintosh styling. Near the end of the build, I decided that the keyboard looked a little too minimalist so I added some silver hardware and a seam to put a slightly industrialized twist on the design.

Alternatively, glue Scrabble tiles to your current keyboard. Just make sure you put the correct letters on. O YJOML O YXDEW IT IO! That's a bingo, count it.

Hit the jump for a bunch of closeups.





The Scrabble Keyboard [datamancer]

Thanks to Michael, who prefers Boggle.

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