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This nifty soldering project will convert your manual typewriter into a USB-ready keyboard, which will work with any Mac or PC computer. It will also make a great keyboard stand for the iPad and other tablets.

NOTE: This is the original "Solder-It-Yourself" version of the kit. If you don't want to do any soldering, or if you just want the process to be easier in general, try the new "Easy-Install" kit instead:

This kit comes with two blank circuit boards and all necessary electronic parts needed to convert your typewriter to USB. It should take about 4-5 hours to complete this fun project, depending on skill level with a soldering iron (intermediate to advanced).

A soldering iron and solder
A dremel rotary tool for sanding (sandpaper or exacto blade will work too)
Tweezers and Pliers
Hot Glue Gun and/or Superglue
Wire (22 - 26 awg stranded wire is best)
1" roll of gaffers tape (from art store or hardware store or on Duct tape will work, too.

Detailed assembly instructions are available at:

This kit will work with the vast majority of manual typewriters, but there are some exceptions. If you are unsure if it will work with your typewriter, check out to make sure. If you want to make sure it will work with your tablet, check out

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USB Typewriter Conversion Kit -- DIY Soldering Version

$55.00 USD
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  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: electronics, muggle magic, phlogiston, capacitors, resistors, circuit boards, pcb, kit, hacker stuff, iPad, typewriter, soldering, USB
  • Ships worldwide from Pennsylvania, United States
  • Feedback: 85 reviews
  • Favorited by: 2317 people