I tinker with electronics in the garage, mostly stompboxes for my guitar. I have two sizes of breadboards and like to use the small one pictured. Cleaned up DC power took too much space on the breadboard, so I mounted it offboard.
Step 1: Design a circuit.
Moditied schematic I found on the web.
Step 2: Populate the perfboard
Layout and populate the board, solder connections, hot glue in place. (Make sure bottom of perfboard is off the tin at least 1/8", or it will short out). Wire remaining parts, test.