There's not a lot going on here, basically solder the ZIF socket in and wire up the socket! The crystal will make it easy to program lots of Arduino chips (which is what we've used this setup for)!

The magic in the pudding is the ZIF socket, which is basically a latching socket that when open is easy to insert chips without bending any pins and when closed is very secure. They are very satisfying to use and last for tens of thousands of cycles!

The latch up, you can see the gold contacts.
And down (holding a chip).
We put bumpers on the bottom - this will prevent accidental shorts (if you have a messy desk - which we do).
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