I just started working on a solar project and got this arduino board ,, but since the soldering at bottom is exposed and also the usb cable very thick , which was putting pressure and stress on the usb socket ,,So this tiny board needed some basic support for usb cable and also some protection under the board ,,so I planned to make this simple base ..In order to carry and keep it small I avoided adding breadboad to it ..
Step 1: Materials Needed
Well there is nothing to buy from market as almost every thing is available in general house hold ..
1.plastic board , , thicker the better ,,, if not then go to ply wood
2.cable ties ,, though nuts and long bolt will do ,, but i prefer not to use metalic things on the board , so i used cable ties , which is more flexible
3.plastic tube or pipe to make spacers
Step 2: Cutting the Plastic Plate
Cut the base according to the size of arduino , make it little bit longer so as to make a support for usb cable
Step 3: Add a Small Thickness Plate to Raise the Level for Usb Cable
Since the usb port is raised a bit , we must add a small plate in order to raise the level ,,
this enables the usb cable to sit exactly right position without stressing the arduino port..
I soldered the additional plate to make it fix
Step 4: Drill the Holes
Drill couples of holes to as to fix the usb cable ,,,, please check the position and mark it properly before drilling
Step 5: Make Space for Cable Tie
Since the cable tie or the bolts must not come out at bottom of the plate , widen the hole at bottom site of the plate
Step 6: Actual Placing
Now the board is ready , its time to put the arduino on the plate ,,
check the gap between the plate and arduino ..now cut the spacers exactly the size of the gap
Step 7: Putting the Cable Tie
Put the cable tie from the bottom portion ,,and put the spacers in between
Step 8: Tightening With Cable Tie
Use another cable tie head to fix it ,,,and cut the additional length
Step 9: Fix the Usb Cable Tightly
Place the cable tie and tie it tightly so that it is fixed and firm ,,, if needed , add more cable tie to secure it
Step 10: Check the Gaps
After placing all the spacers and cable ties ,, have a look from side to see if every thing is correcly done and to the size
Step 11: Finally Its Ready
Now the board is ready , its handy and compact ,,
also now there is no fear that cable will stress the arduino port and open contacts are safe ..