Arduino Bracket

When you are tinkering around with your Arduino and a breadboard you might want to make yourself an “Arduino Bracket”. Nothing more than header pins and a piece of wire, the “Arduino Bracket” keeps wiring neat and tidy, and lets you easily disconnect your Arduino for use in other projects.

Arduino Bracket

Step 1: Gather Necessary Supplies and Tools

40-Pin 2.54mm (0.1″) Header Pin Strip x2 (Digikey, Newark, Local Electronics Shop)
10cm (4″) 22AWG Black Stranded Wire

The header pins I used were 20cm long. These longer pins may be difficult to find, but you should be able to order them from an online supplier. The standard length (~8mm) can be used, however they may make things a bit tight.

– Soldering Iron
– Solder
– Arduino
– Wire Strippers
– Side Cutters

Step 2: Prepare the Parts

Cut the header pin strips into two, 8-pin strips and one, 17-pin strip. Insert the two 8-pin strips into the digital IO receptacles.

Next, take the 17-Pin strip and wedge it into the two 8-pin strips at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to insert the pins such that there is one disconnect pin between the two receptacles, as shown below.

Step 3: Solder the Joints

Next, carefully solder one pin at each end. Once you are sure that the two sets of header pins are sitting a more-or-less right angle, solder the rest of the pins.

Optional – Remove the unconnected pin between pins seven and eight. I personally find that this makes it easier when counting the pins. The pin can be removed by gripping the long end with a pair of side cutters and briefly heating the short end with a soldering iron. This will melt the plastic base of the header pin strip just enough to pull the pin out.

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Be very careful not to get any solder on the Arduino, as a solder bridge may render it useless.

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