So...I made my own SMD stencil - all from thing I found at the hardware store. I'll be doing a full (video?)write up once I iron out some kinks - so bear with me.
Pictures are below - but before you forget - please let me know what you think of my joints. It looks like there might be a tad too much solder? Please let me know what you think of it. Too much on the toe?
Some surface mount stuff to test
It's really hard to convey to people how small this stuff is.
Some test boards - they do nothing. Just testing pad size and the effects of surface tension, pad width and trace location on centering parts during reflow. Trying different pad sizes, ect. And I hope that I can sneak a trace between the pads of an 0805 - that would be nice.
I'm a sneaky little bastard.
Paste laid up. It came out perfect I think - might need to adjust the stencil for the amount, but looks great.
ready for reflow
Finished. Almost perfect. A bit too much solder? My 10 mil traces don't look bad either. That's insane.
Another look at the heel. How's it look?