Update time, guys! This first post is a backgrounder on me so it becomes clear to the reader why I'm so totally clueless sometimes. You may want to skip to the next post.
I've built literally hundreds of projects since I learned to solder six years ago and had a wonderful time thanks in no small part to Tangent's shop and tutorial videos (http://www.tangentsoft.net/elec/movies/) and the DIY audio community. I've done this because for me, it's super fun. Some people knit, I find components and solder them to boards. Through-hole, SMD, it doesn't matter, I'm great at it and I can happily fritter away hours doing it. But the fun ends when the components are stuck to the board. Unfortunately I am now forced to expand my skills outside my comfort zone again, like when I learned to solder the first time.
The ugly truth is, I don't know how to wire panel components. Tangent's article notwithstanding. (http://tangentsoft.net/audio/pancomp.html) Not only that, I'm terrified (or I was until yesterday morning) of drilling holes in anything smaller than a loudspeaker. I've been unreasonably unwilling to just get over it and learn what I need to learn so I can move forward. Now those days are over because I am no longer able to pretend that I don't have boxes of unfinished projects - literally - enough to fill a suitcase... I know this because at various times, I have kept them in one of my suitcases.
Kids, That's A Lot of CMOYs and PIMETAs and DACs and power supplies and tube amps and other miscellany, like pink noise generators and buffers. Too many.
Although I took up this hobby to learn things, I have been so afraid of failure when it comes to wiring panel components, that I talked myself into doing that part and everything after that part 'later'. Waaaayyyyy later, apparently.
I understand the concept of a DPDT swtich perfectly. I can draw the drawings. But, on some subjects for whatever reason, and this is not an unknown phenomenon for me, I can have difficulty applying even simple abstract concepts to physical objects. Drop a toggle in the palm of my hand, and I just gawk at it.
Then, this year, I had an accidental breakthrough. It was the LNMP. I've got all these damned power supplies that have been built and rebuilt and obsessed over for years lying around. They're beautiful! I could continue my streak of never finishing anything if I built an LNMP TO TEST THEM, RIGHT? Brilliant. That worked okay until I was done with the board. Then I was in a corner. I had to finish it. I'd also cooked up this idea that building the LNMP would teach me to use my oscilloscope... The really nice one I paid a bunch of money for back when my children were still in diapers. But not until it gets cased. And they are in the public school system already. All I've ever done with the scope was use it to find the signal shapes output by my Velleman signal generator kit (caseless). That was so long ago I haven't the foggiest idea how I did it. And the signal generator is in one of the boxes with all the other lost souls.