Couple Spends 100+ Hours Building A Concrete Computer Keyboard

With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.

Because ways to spend 100 hours come in all shapes and sizes, Youtubers Evan and Katelyn constructed a keyboard out of concrete using $5 of the building material and over 100 hours of work. Was it worth it? That depends on who you ask, but if you ask anyone besides Evan and Katelyn and the money they make monetizing their YouTube channel, probably not.

The keyboard with matching concrete wrist rest weighs a respectable 4.7 pounds, or roughly five times that of a regular keyboard. The keyboard housing and all keys were made using silicone molds containing a mixture of concrete and PVA glue (which replaced the water in the mix for extra strength). Each key had a plastic keycap stem set in the concrete to allow it to attach to the keyboard’s switches firmly. After molding, the keys were sanded smooth before assembly. The result? A keyboard Fred Flinstone would be proud of.

My keyboard is integrated into my laptop, so my key customization options are limited. It is missing the M and Q keys, though, so I guess that makes it unique. I think my cat stole them, but I haven’t found them in her typical hiding spots, and she’s not talking. She is meowing right now for dinner, though.

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With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.