With the introduction of surface mount components comes the decline of electronic component recovery and reuse. But as a hobbyist I am still strongly inclined towards reuse of scavenged ICs. Why you may ask, when it cost little over $5 for the IC and breakout board. Well, every dollar count and the waiting time for shipping. More importantly I just see it as a challenge against the "throw-away" society.
Before undertaking this project I must forewarn you that it is VERY VERY VERY tedious work, with a lot of "one step forwards, two steps back".
Step 1: IC Removal
So here is the IC ready for scavenging. I will not go into great details about the process but be sure to check of other ibles covering this topic such as: