This custom concrete keyboard chassis is a thing of beauty

By Shawn Knight ยท 20 replies
Sep 28, 2016
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  1. Most keyboards utilize a series of grippy feet designed to keep it firmly planted during use. A number of factors including size and placement of the feet as well as the material they’re made of and the surface of your desk or table are all instrumental in determining how well a board stays put.

    Weight is also a significant contributor to the equation. More often than not, the heavier the board, the more likely it is to remain stationary... a fact that’s no doubt true for Reddit user ipee9932cd.

    In the wake of not being able to find a suitable keyboard case, the Redditor did the next best thing – created one out of concrete.

    He noted in the comments that he knows nothing about concrete. As such, he chose not to use any rebar for stability sake and thus, doesn’t handle it using just one edge. The chassis weighs around 12 pounds and was sealed with food-safe countertop sealer. A thin, smooth coating was left on top so he can polish and wax it.

    While certainly not for everyone, the project is an excellent example of the sort of creativity that can be realized when thinking outside the box and could serve as a unique conversation starter for someone that works in the concrete / home building / remodeling industry. Just imagine what could be done with a scrap piece of granite or some other high-end building material.

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  2. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 710   +379

    L M A O
  3. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Addict Posts: 145   +133

    "12 pounds"

    In future it would be handy to include a metric conversion so the rest of the world can understand.
    Imo it's better having both lb & kg in the article to save people clicking off site to convert it themselves.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,662   +1,948

    PC protection check-points:

    1. Physical robustness / Impact protection - FAIL (concrete cracks on impact/fall)
    2. Protection against an electrical surge - FAIL
    3. Water-proof - FAIL
    4. Protection against EMP - FAIL
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    It's about 5.5 kg or so, not all that hard to do just divide by 2.1 to get kg. Just one dumb American who learned this years ago :p
    JohnMD1022 and mbrowne5061 like this.
  6. ferrellsl

    ferrellsl TS Member

    The writer of this story needs a set of custom concrete swim fins for his next swim.....
    JohnMD1022, SalaSSin and davislane1 like this.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    "Thing of beauty" lol

    It's a stone, man. A flipping stone with keys inside.
    batsdude and Hexic like this.
  8. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 747   +357

    Not even that; "dried slurry" is a little more accurate.
    JohnMD1022 and SalaSSin like this.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    I'll give the guy this.

    If he's ever griefed at a LAN party, someone's gonna lose their entire PC and maybe their desk too.
    SalaSSin and BlueDrake like this.
  10. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    You may want to relearn that conversion ^^ You are very close, but your calculations will be off a tid bit if you're just using 2.1

    KG = LB / 2.2046

    I've been corrected too many times by my Danish colleagues on my conversions. I originally used 2.1 as well ^^
    Reehahs likes this.
  11. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 208   +115

    You mean everyone doesn't know off the top of their head that 1 pound = 0.453592368kg? (j/k)

    That probably says something about me that I have it memorized (or that I have memorized that 1 foot = 30.48cm, & that the speed of light in a vaccuum is 299,792,458 m/sec)...
  12. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 208   +115

    5.44 kg, but 5.5 isn't too bad (you'd need a scale to notice the difference)...
  13. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 208   +115

    Nah, a stone is 20 pounds/9.07 kg (LOL)
    Spence1115 and thelatestmodel like this.
  14. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Maniac Posts: 193   +170

    Hmm, this gives me an idea...Keyboard driveway!
    Panda218 likes this.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    About 5.5 Kilos. Consider yourself humored.

    BTW, that was guess work without reading the rest of the thread, other than your post. It seems to me the reverse would also be possible.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2016
  16. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a muther
  17. amghwk

    amghwk TS Addict Posts: 205   +82

    "Beauty" is NOT a word I would choose to describe it.
  18. Underdog

    Underdog TS Booster Posts: 58   +26

    Sorry. A stone is 14 pounds. At least in UK it has been for a few centuries.
    JohnMD1022 likes this.
  19. Maybe it's a keyboard for the Neanderthals among us
    "wow, that person's from the stone age"
    "I know just the keyboard for them"
    JohnMD1022 likes this.
  20. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Unless you are working with big numbers or are a scientist 2.1 will work just fine especially if you are just rounding the number anyway.
  21. batsdude

    batsdude TS Member Posts: 52   +16

    Learned that in H.S. out of necessity. A key of weed=2.2 lbs.

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