Suggestion: Ever notice the wire kits, the ones with the ends bent 90°? Then look at my drawings of protoboards, my finished circuits really do look like that. I bought a kit box from Walmart to put my wires in, something like the commercial versions. The neater a circuit looks when you finish it the more likely it will work first time. I don't know why, but the rule has worked for me for over 30 years.