The Arduino DoAnything Shield

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The Arduino DoAnything Shield is a shield that really saves you NOTHING but a whole lot of cutting. After I had made my Chiptunes Project on the Arduino, I had the urge to make a shield so that there would be no loose wires and possible shorts. I tried to design a shield but then realized that the spacing between Digital 7 and 8 was NOT the standard measurement apart! Well, I then put it off...until my Loud Objects Noise Toy on Arduino. I had posted it and Meronkun brought to my attention that Collin Cunningham had ported the code over to the Arduino! However he used Pin 3 and I had used Pin 11. It was a very, very nice code. I would either need to cut my board in half to accommodate the spacing or I would need to have wires jumping over. Then I remembered I had made shields in the first place to avoid loose wires! I had to order from an online store at the time and I thought, "What if I had a shield and I soldered one long block of female headers?" That would allow me to make any shield without the ugly dangling wires! I had a decision to make: To use Arduino's Shield or AdaFruit's shield. I went with Arduino's shield because of cost. I then went ahead and built it. Here it is.

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Step 1: Parts.

You will need:
1 Arduino Protoshield Kit (You SHOULD be able to use AdaFruits but just to be safe, let's stick with Arduino's...the kit just means that it comes with a few components.)
1 row of female headers (They generally have 40 pins each so it should be enough)
2 rows of male headers (You only need one if you don't plan to make the shield on top of the ProtoShield anytime soon but am  making this project to have it ready when the time comes.)
1 LONG piece of wire

Step 2: The Build-The Easy Part

I realized that the male headers that they sent me were purely awful and so, I had to use my own personal headers. Now, I have gone to the liberty to tell you where I planted my female headers. I have a Arduino r2 meaning I had some extra pins that I didn't need and so, I didn't solder. I didn't connect AREF because of that special 4 pin Male Headers connected to Pin 3 for Audio Projects. You may choose to not include those headers and add AREF to the headers...

Read the tags on the image for more info on placement.

Step 3: The Build-Wait...You Must Be Kidding...

Here comes the painstaking part...soldering from the male to female headers. 

How to do it:
Measure out some wire, cut, strip, solder. Repeat until finished.

The pictures will give more detail.


Step 4: Completed!

That's it! Although it took a long time, it is very useful for DIY shields it can attach to any pin on the Arduino with ease. I think I will go ahead and write about ArduiNoise and how to make it.

If you have any questions or comments leave them in the comments below.

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    7 years ago on Step 4

    I'm not sure I'm understanding the purpose, so a little more insight would be nice. It also took me a while to understand that you were sometimes showing the front of the shield and other times showing the back side. That may have been apparent to others but never seeing one of these pro to shields before i missed it.

    If I have managed to ferrit out the purpose correctly, you made this as sort of an adapter that will let you plug in your own shields that would have the arrangement of your female headers?

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Of, course. If you have read my Chiptunes Project you will know that it used pin 3 and I could not have a shield that wasn't in two pieces and so I bought a professional shield and painstakingly soldered individual wires to each header pin.