Intro: The Arduino DoAnything Shield
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.
Step 1: Parts.
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...
How to do it:
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.