Going into this project I knew I would have to do a lot of surface mount soldering to save space and money. I used the smallest SMD hand-solderable packages and still ran out of space! I’ve never been particularly good at soldering, but knew that I would have to become much better to tackle the types of projects I’m interested in. In anticipation of this, I splurged and bought a very nice soldering iron from Radioshack. I cannot express how great this iron is! I’m used to using cheap, $10 irons that just need to get the job done, but with the fine tip on my new one, SMD wasn’t difficult at all! Below is a picture of the board with most of the components soldered on.