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When you are tinkering around with your Arduino and a breadboard you might want to make yourself an "Arduino Bracket". Nothing more than header pins and a piece of wire, the "Arduino Bracket" keeps wiring neat and tidy, and lets you easily disconnect your Arduino for use in other projects.

Step 1: Gather Necessary Supplies and Tools

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40-Pin 2.54mm (0.1") Header Pin Strip x2 (Digikey, Newark, Local Electronics Shop)
10cm (4") 22AWG Black Stranded Wire

The header pins I used were 20cm long. These longer pins may be difficult to find, but you should be able to order them from an online supplier. The standard length (~8mm) can be used, however they may make things a bit tight.

- Soldering Iron
- Solder
- Arduino
- Wire Strippers
- Side Cutters
russ_hensel5 months ago

Just a note to let you know I have added this ( a year ago ) to the instructable:

Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Breadboards: A Meta Instructable

>> http://www.instructables.com/id/Comprehensive-Gui...

Take a look at a bunch of ideas for using breadboards.

Ayelmar2 years ago
Brilliant idea!
A couple of modification suggestions I'd offer:
1) Use some Sugru or epoxy putty to reinforce the soldered right-angle joint.
2) Instead of the upright position, or trying ot have a rigid U-shape so you can lay the Arduino flat, how about using some ribbon cable and a couple of small pieces of stripboard and bridge the two sets of connectors that way?
sandblind4 years ago
Or for about four bucks you could buy a strip of right angle header pins.
Nerdz4 years ago
Heres an Idea, So we dont have the Arduino standing up, making the breadboard top heavy, why not use 2 brackets to create a "bridge" from the Arduino to the breadboard, so then it can sit next to it :)
jmaloway (author)  Nerdz4 years ago
The first bracket I built was actually like that - It formed an upside-down "U" shape, and the Arduino sat beside the breadboard. It worked fine, but it was difficult to get into/out of the breadboard.

Since I usually have a ten or so projects on the go at once, I was frequently moving my Arduino from board-to-board, and found the right-angle to work better for this purpose. The Arduino weighs so little that it doesn't seem to cause any top-heaviness issues.

I'm not knocking the idea though - give it a whirl :-)
Did you come up with this? Because it is the kind of novel idea that the world needs way more of. Excellent.
jmaloway (author)  mattthegamer4634 years ago
As far as I know - I haven't seen anyone else do it. I could be wrong though. Glad you like it :-D!