I found out about a model that IBM made specifically to save desk space called the Model M SSK. Unfortunately, these keyboards were not as popular as their full sized brother and were not in production very long. As a consequence of this, the keyboard is difficult to acquire and usually sells on eBay for upwards of $200. Instead of saving to buy one of these, I decided to make one using one of the three full sized keyboards I already had.
Thankfully, or rather unfortunately, one the keyboards I had was a "rubber dome" version of the Model M defeating the entire purpose of the keyboard so I didn't feel terrible potentially destroying it. The biggest part of the project was learning how to "Nut and Bolt Mod" and finding the tools I needed to get it done.
The goal at this point was to successfully bolt modify the keyboard and then move forward with removing the number pad section of the keyboard to imitate the SSK.
The second stage was cutting the steel plate that is used as the foundation of the keyboard to the correct length such that I could remove the number pad.
Once everything was cut up and properly fitted, the rest was just to fold over the switch membrane underneath itself and fix it all up. Here are some remaining photos that I kind of liked that sort of debut the rebirth of my keyboard-stein.
Here is the completed project and I still use this keyboard now, not that should be any surprise. I do love my keyboards. The only thing that I'm upset with about this project is the seam that can be seen at the top of the keyboard above the scroll lock key. It just takes away from the beige magnificence.
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