One of the first thing I did was snip the skirts off of all the keys. I had purchased a large lot of typewriter keys on eBay, which I intended to cut flat on the back and epoxy to the posts of the old keys. Unfortunately, I didn't have the proper equipment to do that, so I ended up having to cut grooves into the posts that the backs of the typewriter keys could fit into.
Since the keys were all rather rusted, I sanded off the rust and spray painted the backs of all the keys a uniform colour.
I then stretched the faceplate over the frame of the keyboard and glued it down to the top half of the frame.
After the glue keeping the faceplate down had dried, I glued the backs of the typewriter keys onto the keyboard posts with e6000. The glue proved to be very strong, and the keyboard is still going strong now, 3 years after I first built it.
I printed out some antique lettering to put into the key backs and applied them to the new keys.
I then put the glass back into the keys and put the rings back onto the rims.
I bought some wooden trim at Joann's (of all places) to use to frame out the board.
I cut the trim to size, and glued it on with e6000, bungee cording it on while the glue dried completely.
Once the glue had dried, I gold leafed the wood and added a filigree jewelry piece to be the space bar.
The keyboard is fully functional, and I actually use it every day. I would like to make another keyboard in the future, but until then, this one is still going strong.