Having recently become an Arduino fan I want to be able to have several projects but save the expense of buying more than one Arduino board. Being very lazy I would also like to be able to change between several projects and avoid all the tedious swapping around of many dangly wires and all the trouble caused when you get the order wrong or cant remember how it went together.
All the available prototyping shields I've seen are small and I want something that a whole project can be built with so I solved the problem by making a Large Arduino Prototyping Shield
Step 1: Materials Needed
A large prototyping board
A strip of header socket
A strip of header plug
PCB Pins (Wire is OK)
Bits of wire
An Arduino or clone.
The usual small tools i.e.
Pillar drill or Dremmel
Step 2: Connection extension pcbs
Since the Arduino connectors don't match up with 0.1" grid I decided to make four separate extension pcbs instead of a single piece of stripboard.
Two that are 6 by 11 holes.
Two that are 8 by 11 holes.
I made sure I cut and sanded the edges that would be closest so they align without touching.
Step 3: Adding the pins
The PCB pin headers were put in the Arduino and the stripboard placed over the top. This was so they will all be in alignment when the prototyping board is added later on. All soldered neatly into place once the alignment was good.