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Picture of Arduino Prototyping Shield on the cheap
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Breadboards are very handy, but sometimes I just want to connect one IC or some LEDs and resistors to the controller.

My simple solution was to canibalize a cheap Breadboard to get two expandable PrototypingShields with some additional features.

What I used:
Breadboard (~3$)
2 Pieces of Veroboard (<1$)
28 PinHeader (<1$)
28 femaleConnectors (<1$)
2 Leds
1Switch
some Resistors...
and some epoxy to get it smooth and fixed

Tools:
Soldering iron
Dremel
pliers
a knife

Step 1: Soldering the Shield

Picture of Soldering the Shield
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Sadly the ArduinoBoard doesn't align with the standard 0.1" spacing, so it's a little tricky to get the Shield smoothly into the Arduino connectors.

Firstly I cutted the right number of pinheaders.
After putting them into the Arduino connectors, I saw the difference to my 0.1" spaced veroboard.

I bent the headers a little bit as you can see in the second picture.

Now the pins are ready to solder.

As you can see in Pic4 I cutted the veroboard with one hole space to the border, to solder the female connectors later.
 
what was the width of the breadboard after you removed the power rail?
I have a veroboard that only has holes. Your board appears to have strips of holes connected. Mine doesn't. What can I do?
nejo0017 (author)  lurkingdevil4 years ago
It's pretty much the same. The circuitBoard under the protoBoard just connects the pinHeader with the female header. So board layout doesn't matter.
How did you solder the male headers on the copper side of the board as in pic 4 and pic 5.
jdege6 years ago
You can buy breadboards in this size. You don't have to cut on a larger one.
nejo0017 (author)  jdege6 years ago
Thanks for your comment ! But the small ones are about 5$. I can get 3 small ones out of this 3$ breadboard. Regards, jo
Eh, damn, one big breadboard like yours costs 17$ in my country -_-
Jodex FallenSub5 years ago
Here in Finland they don't even sell those mini breadboards. And maybe the cheapest one is about 7€ witch is about 10$.. =/
nah if you'r in seed studio its about 3 bucks and if u buy a bulk pack its like 1$ each. ANYWAY NICE instructable... :) good job
wow really?