The NiftyBender Deluxe is a simple jig which allows you to quickly and simply bend link wires to fit a 0.1" pitch matrix board spanning 1,2,3,4,or 5 holes.
This was initially just the NiftyBender, but then I thought of a refinement to let you make a link in 10 seconds or less. So was born the NiftyBender Deluxe.
Step 1: Tools and Materials.
You will need a scrap piece of matrix board (Veroboard). The unclad is better for this than the copper strip type as it is easier to work. You will also need 8 or so connection pins (Veropins).
The essential items are a sharp craft knife, pliers and cyanoacrylate adhesive (superglue). I used Gorilla cyanoacrylate as it's a gap-filling glue.
A Dremel would be useful, but use a small flat file if you don't have one. The best tool for cutting the board I found to be a nibbler (see pic) but the knife and pliers will suffice. A pair of wire cutters (not your best ones) also works well.
(Instructables - Many thanks for the Dremel Minimite - now being put to good use, once I'd bought a 240V to 110V adaptor.)
Step 2: Cutting the stripboard to shape.
You will need two identical pieces of stripboard cutting out. No measuring to do as It's just a matter of counting holes. Once you have cut one piece, use it as a template for the second.
Score along the lines with a craft knife to make a small groove. Do this on both sides and then break bits away up to the lines with the pliers, nibbling tool, or cutters, taking out a little bit at a time. If using pliers, grab an area and flex it gently up and down and it will break away.