I've completed a few projects now and some common themes seem to be emerging;
I often use Nano or Mini Pro Arduinos
I often put components in plastic boxes (processor, power supply, relay, LCD etc)
I invariably seem to end up with a birds nest of wiring.
I usually use pre-made 10cm cables with connectors on the ends to connect to header pins at one end whilst the other end ends up going to either a peripheral or a ground/VCC bus. And I usually construct the bus out of header pins with the short end bent over and soldered together.
Electrically these techniques work great, but from a space management perspective they end up looking like the electrical equivalent of "a bad hair day from hell".
Just wondering if anyone can give me any hints and tips as to what they use to keep wiring "neat" and "economical"?
eg what kind of wire do you use? (I prefer connectors because I'm finding multistrand difficult to tin - but am considering tinned solid conductor). Do you use header pins or solder wire directly to the board? how do you create buses when for example you need to join 6 or so conductors together (eg ground)?
I'm just looking for techniques to get the wiring under control; once assembled there won't be any need for disassembly - so connections can be permanent.