Today electronic enthusiasts use so called breadboards for prototyping their projects. These solderless breadboards do not require soldering and are reusable hundreds of times.
Okay, you might think, these plastic boards are boards, but where is the bread?

Read on in the next step to lift that secret.

Step 1: History

In the early days of electronic engeneering radio and electronic freaks used real bread boards (litereally cutting boards for bread) to prototype their circuits.

Wikipedia: In the early days of radio, amateurs would nail bare copper wires or terminal strips to a wooden board (often literally a cutting board for bread) and solder electronic components to them.[1] Sometimes a paper schematic diagram was first glued to the board as a guide to placing terminals, then components and wires were installed over their symbols on the schematic. Using thumbtacks or small nails as mounting posts was also common.

You might think this neanderthal technique is obsolete, but there are still a few reasons to use it for example in educational contexts. But first let me show you how to build a circuit on a real bread cutting board.

<p>Just a note to let you know I have added this ( a year ago ) to the instructable:</p><p> Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Breadboards: A Meta Instructable</p><p>&gt;&gt; <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Comprehensive-Guide-to-Electronic-Breadboards-A-Me/" rel="nofollow"> http://www.instructables.com/id/Comprehensive-Gui...</a></p><p>Take a look at a bunch of ideas for using breadboards.</p>
same here
I started the same way :D And even today I still use it for high voltage or mechanical uses (like a coilgun).<br>With &quot;softer&quot; wood it works better (and is not that important).
So cool, awesome idea and history lesson!
Nice write up and additional history lesson! Thanks for sharing!
I did not know that actual breadboards were initially used to develop circuits. Nice Instructable!

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