Veroboard dimensions


Following on from Veroboard and the Sequencer bus described in Sequencer notes, the sequencer bus consists of two separate stripboard designs:

  • The first step, and;
  • The second step (and subsequent)steps), which all use the same board layout.

With respect to the 9T24H (9T25H) board used for the “Second (and subsequent) Step Sequencer Bus v0.9″… as there are 9 of these boards for the 2-10 potentiometer stages for each sequencer (10 step) stage, is it not more economical to combine on one larger board, of n x 9 Tracks?

Likewise, the v0.7 of the First Step Sequence Bus, requires 12T30H, will that not fit multiple times on a larger size board?

See also

First Step

As the First Step board layout is 12T30H, for two First Step Sequencer Bus layouts will fit on one 24T30H board.

  • Stripboard: 70 x 90 mm => 26 strips x 34 holes (884T) (with two holes either side, not enough for mounting holes), or
  • 65 x 95 mm (2.5″ x 3.75″)  => 24 strips x 37 holes (888T)  (with 3 holes either side – maybe enough for mounting holes)

Why would you want two first steps? For multiple cascaded Versatile Sequencer modules, to make 10, 20, 30,  …, step sequencers.

You could just put one First Step on a 26T34Hboard, which would give room for mounting screws:

  • Row one was on track T of the veroboard
  • Column one of the board layout design began on column 3 of the veroboard, to give a space either side, and room for double pin headers, which aren’t used on v0.8 of the board layout (only single pins are used)
  • The cuts were simple, (adding 2 to the cuts on the board layout design), gave cuts at columns 7, 12, 17, 22, and 27 – with one additional cut for the transistor at column 8, row K

Gallery of cuts

For just one First Step on a 26T34H board

2LED modification

For the 2LED modification,one additional cut is required

Sequencer Bus Step1 v0.8 2LED mod
Sequencer Bus Step1 v0.8 2LED mod

Second (and subsequent) Step

As one Second Step Sequencer Bus takes up 9T23H, in order to have four steps, or one bank of four potentiometer stages, on one board, 36T24H board would be needed (the extra hole is a isolating column at the end (9×4+1 = 36). So:

  • 95 x 127 mm => 36 strips x 50 holes (1800T), for 2 banks of four stages (with a column of drilled tracks down the middle). No space for mounting holes to be drilled, however. Suggested spacing: two blank holes in from one side (the side with the least wide border), one line of drilled holes down the center (for isolation), and one blank hole at the other side (which has the wider border). Or;
  • 100 x 240 mm => 36 strips x 92 holes (3312T) for 3 banks of four stages, plus space (10 holes either side) for mounting holes (The board is almost wide enough for four banks of four, but it is four holes short);
  • 100 x 250 mm => 35 strips x 96 holes (3360T) almost 4 banks of four stages but one track short;
  • 95 x 432 mm => 36 strips x 170 holes (6120T) for 7 banks of four stages (with one hole spare either side – not enough for mounting holes to be drilled).

For one bank of eight potentiometer stages on one board, 62T24H board would be needed:

  • 180 x 300 mm => 63 strips x 108 holes for four banks of eight stages, plus space for mounting holes (6 holes wide each side)

Gallery of cuts

Template for one Second step

Sequencer second step v0.9
Sequencer second step v0.9

On a 36T50H, 2 banks of four Second Steps

The two templates side by side:

Note that it could be possible to omit the center cut on the GND lines (line(s) 2 and 3 – (second and) third up from the bottom). Line 3 is the principle GND line – however, the adjacent line 2 can also be used, by using double row header pins (across tracks 2 and 3) are soldering the two lines together. Omitting these cuts would result it less link wires required. See this example of a partially drilled veroboard and note the vertical center line, with the omitted drilled out hole pairs:

Sequencer bus 2nd step v0.93 - bank of 8 - Veroboard cuts (center)
Sequencer bus 2nd step v0.93 – bank of 8 – Veroboard cuts (center)

In fact, it is possible to use the spare one or two holes on the left or right sides respectively, to hard link the GND lines, of the disparate sequencer bus steps, using just three soldered link wires. Note the line of black GND links on the right hand side of the board:

Sequencer bus 2nd step v0.93 - Bank of 8 - Links
Sequencer bus 2nd step v0.93 – Bank of 8 – Links

Here is the completed underside. Note the erroneous position of one cut (for the 2LED mod) on the top right hand bank. This doesn’t actually affect operation or require component replacement nor rework:

Sequencer bus 2nd step v0.93 - bank of 8 - Veroboard cuts
Sequencer bus 2nd step v0.93 – bank of 8 – Veroboard cuts

2LED modification

Second step v0.9 - 1/2LED pair
Second step v0.9 – 1/2LED pair


First step

To be calculated…

Second step

Given that 9T24H is 1.09 for 5, or £0.22 each

36T50 is £3.15 for 5 or £0.63each. Compared with eight 9T24H boards costing at total of £1.76, it is about 35% of the cost

Case and mounting

From THE LOST ART OF STRIP BOARD PROTOTYPING, this is the sort of enclosure that I need:


It has internal “ribbing” for slotting the board(s) into and appears to be called a project box. Also this pretty one (original image)




But these dimensions will not fit stripboards of the following dimensions (as they are either too narrow for 25 x 64 mm or too shallow for 65 x 95 mm boards)

  • 25 x 64 mm => 9 strips x 24 holes (225T), nor
  • 65 x 95 mm (2.5″ x 3.75″)  => 24 strips x 37 holes (888T)

Likewise for all of these:




DIY Enclosure

Here is a box, made from veroboard (page liable to crash):


Video: DIY Modular Stripboard / Perfboard Enclosure for Raspberry Pi


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