#1: The Tofu HHKB, and On Lubricants, Creams, and Why @donpark Is Misleading
First build I’ve decided to log! Woo. I decided to build a Tofu HHKB from KBDFans, and populate it with Creams and then top it with JTK Purple on White. Here’s what i’ve done, what I’ve learned, and what I’ll be doing in the future…
First things first, the disassembly and stabilizers. I decided to try a mix of Christo-Lube MCG 129 and 205g0, but I ended up realizing that it made the stabilizers too sluggish and sticky, so I ended up with 205g0 and some Finish Line on top to keep it smooth but not overbearing.
With those installed, let’s take a detour to talk about the black thing between the plate and PCB - an @MKUltraCorp foam! Both the plate and board had foam, and with the Tofu top-mount’s bottom half having a battery compartment, a total of 3 foam pieces were cut and fit (suuuuper snugly, I might add) to help the case sound a lot more solid. While not visible in any of the photos I took and will be including in this log for the moment, one of the case foams has cutouts for all of the hotswap components, diodes, and reset button, which cradles these components instead of smothering them. I’m incredibly satisfied, and I absolutely love the way that it sounds with the fuller case.
With the stabilizers installed, a ran into a problem that I blame @donpark for. (I’m not actually angry at Don.) Turns out that filmed Creams do not like holding onto their tops, and if you try to pull them out of a hotswap plate, they WILL come apart. Whoopsie. Therefore, until I can find a way to make the films fit snugly, they remain unfilmed for this build.
With all of the switches disassembled, it’s time to get to work.
And now, my workstation. A banged-up lube deck from everyone’s favorite acrylic cutter, Qlavier, the TX keyboards switch picker, some oiled 65g TX springs, and a cheapo paintbrush, I went to work. I decided to give these an initial coat of 3203, with plans to touch it up later when I’m more patient.
Three lubing sessions and 2 days later, everything was done! Creams are surprisingly pretty, aren’t they? A cute little beige on the grey plate works so nicely.
Tada! JTK Purple on White plus a Keypop 8-bit Heart Keycap for the escape, and we’ve got one pretty looking board. Glam shots?
With all of that, here’s the TL;DR of the board:
- KBDFans Tofu HHKB (Grey)
- KBD6x PCB
- NovelKeys X Kailh Cream switches (Lubricated with Tribosys 3203, springs replaced with TX 65g springs
- GMK PCB Mount Stabilizers (Screw-In, lubricated with Krytox 205 grade 0 and Finish Line PFPE Grease)
- JTK Purple on White, KeyPop 8-Bit Heart (Translucent Purple)