So I'm taking on my first big Arduino project, and I'd like to build a custom alarm clock for my wife that has weather, news, and number of unread email messages on a small LCD screen. Ideally I'd like to find a way to "easily" mount the project in a nice-looking box (I was thinking a cube of some sort).
My question is: if I want to make the connections between the screen and the Arduino sturdy (e.g. not connected with jumper wires to a breadboard), whats the best way to go about it? I want the screen to be connected to the Arduino by wires, so it can move around inside the box and I can reposition it if need be. I also was thinking that the screen should be easily swappable, so I don't want to solder the screen directly to the wires.
So here's what I was thinking, please tell me if this makes sense:
- Get a standard PCB
- Solder some wires to it
- Solder some female headers to it
- Connect my TFT screen (which has male header pins already soldered to it) into the female header pins
- Solder the wires to some sort of prototyping shield that then connects via male pins into the female Arduino slots
Does this make sense? Is there a better way to make a "permanent" Arduino project? I'm very new to micro-electronics and circuitry.