Adding Wire Leads to the Circuit board

Soldered the components to the turret board before adding the wire leads. This is actually the incorrect order of normal wiring as soldering the leads to the turrets can introduce heat into the resistors and caps possibly damaging them. I encourage you to wire the leads first and then mount the resistors and caps. Since it was too late for me to do this, I clipped an alligator clip to each component just above the solder joint to act as a heat sink and dissipate the heat away from the component. It worked well because when I felt the components right after soldering they were hardly warm to the touch. I like to solder using very high heat. Around 750 degrees on my Weller WESD51 digital readout soldering iron. The idea to to get in and get out quickly so the heat does not have time to spread to other parts of the circuit.

I used a pair of standoffs on the mounting holes to provide a stand for the board when working on it so the component leads would not get bent.

I used 22AWG PTFE wire and left the tails slightly longer than normal.

*** NOTE – I later changed all of the wire to a thicker 20AWG. This wire holds its form better when bending and may provide increased signal flow. I also later routed the wire through the perfboard and soldered the wires on the top of the board by wrapping them around the lower portion of the turrets. This was done for two reasons: strain relief (prevents the wires from breaking when pulling on them during assembly) and the ability to see the wire actually connected to the solder point. ***