I want to build a Planck keyboard:
Well, there are a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I think it would be fun to do. Second, I'm curious to see what an ortholinear keyboard is like to type on. Third, it's a chance to go nerdier than I've ever gone before!
Also, I mean, come on. Isn't it cute?
There's just one thing standing in my way. I... I'm... (hangs head in shame) ... I'm not at all confident in my ability to solder.
It's not that I'm bad at it. It's that it's a total unknown. I've watched my dad solder things more times than I can count. I know how to solder. I've just... never... actually... done it. I've always assumed it was something I couldn't see well enough to do (which was probably true prior to the cataract surgery a couple of years ago), so I never gave it a shot.
Actually, thinking about it more, I may have tried it once when I was 8 or 9 and failed miserably. That may be where my "can't see it" notion is coming from.
Ahem, anyway... Where were we? Oh, right.
That's all about to change. It's time to try a new thing!
Tonight I ordered an inexpensive soldering iron and a small electronics kit to practice on before I dive into expensive keyboard parts.
Once everything shows up and I have a chance to try it out, I'll let you know how it goes.