Scrabble-tile keyboard

Steampunk keyboard maker Datamancer has switched it up with this fabulous keyboard capped with Scrabble keys:

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.
The Scrabble Keyboard (via Make)


  1. bevelling is easy if you have a grinding wheel and make a simple jig… only a masochist would be daft enough to do it by hand with a file of sandpaper…

    in fact even with sandpaper, it can be made a simple task with a jig to hold the tiles at the right angle and stop when you’ve reached the right amount.

  2. yup, go to the yard sales/thrift shops, use a bit of sandpaper, perhaps a drill and pick for the backs (or glue faces onto sanded down old plastic keys?) Time and patience.

  3. Oh wow! Gorgeous work. The only thing that could make this more awesome is if the type was right on the number, function, and other non-letter keys.

  4. Wow. It’s gorgeous.

    @ EH- Why is it unusable? That’s an awfully solid proclamation if you’ve never actually typed on it.

  5. I can’t play Scrabble anymore. I get too upset by the words that are or aren’t allowed according to most Scrabble dictionaries. And their spellings. I thought I knew the English language.

  6. #11 I know what you mean – the official book of words allowed in scrabble contains all kinds of crap, but not refried.

  7. I just wanted to say that some people would not mind purchasing such a keyboard if it was on sale. It certainly looks very nice compared to the normal keyboard.

  8. this is indeed one of THE sweetest keyboards i have seen in my life!

    i believe most if not ALL of datamancer’s keyboards do work

  9. Nanuq and Keir, the dictionary you use is an agreed upon thing.. you can use the OED if the other players agree to it!

  10. I see things like this and I can’t help wonder how practical/utilitarian they would be.

    Would you really be able to type comfortably on those things compared to a regular $20 keyboard?

  11. Omigod, this would go great with my Scrabblepunk mouse!
    Avram, i agree. If the numbers & shift/ctrl/tab/etc keys are going to be set in Futura, they should be pink & blue, like the double/triple score spaces. It wouldn;t stop me from buying one, though.

  12. It looks completely uncomfortable and off-putting. The screws blaring out with their silvery sheen also take away from it. Neat, but not at all practical or usable.

  13. amazing job once again, guy is a genius, all of his keyboards work i have experiences a few first hand! another homerun

  14. That is one of the most beautiful mods I have ever seen. I am seriously thinking about the viability of doing this myself.

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