Genesis - 5x4 Macro Pad Kit with Encoder

Hello everyone! We’re coming today with a Sunday Funday post. My dad was in town this weekend and I decided to show him the latest project I was working on, a custom macro/number pad. He liked the TOFU65 build and once I said I was interested in building this pad he suggested we do a quick shoot of how the switches were soldered in. 

Once all the switches were popped into place I was ready to solder.


  • Macro PCB
  • Mechanical switches (I went with Kaihl box Jades to match my TOFU65)
  • The switch plate with the layout you want to use
  • Keycaps (I used the rest of the Akko Gear Neon set I had)

Tools Needed:

  • A Soldering Iron 
  • Solder (Kester is a great brand but I went a more economical route)
  • Solder Sucker (just in case you make a bad joint. One comes provided in the kit I linked below.)
  • Safety Glasses
  • Metal Tweezers (One comes provided in the kit I linked below.)
  • Always remember to solder in a well ventilated area.
  • Wear your safety equipment.
  • You want to clean your iron tip on a brass ball or wet sponge every so often.
  1. Heat the tip of your soldering iron.
  2. Feed the wire to the switch pin and hole.
  3. Form a small volcano shape.
  4. Move to the next switch.

Soldering Results

Shown below is a quick time lapse video of me soldering the switches on to the pcb board. Using the Anbes soldering kit and 0.6mm rosin core solder wire from Amazon. 

The finished product.

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