Step 3: Start the building
start making the relevant connections to the chip, i would reccomend measuring the size of your project box so that you dont make the connecting wires obsesivly short or long. make all of the connections to the chip first so that a length of shrink tubing can be sliped on from the unsoldered side of the wire (this way ensures that the pins on the chip are all well insulated, as this is the biggest concern for shorting as the pins can be very close together)
after all your wires are connected to the chip and the heat shrink is shrunk, connect the external components, i used a copper strip board piece to organise the small number of capacitors needed for this circuit, a neat job will help prevent accidental shorts. make sure the wires connecting the potentiometer are of a length that permits a comfortable mounting within the box.