Ok electronoobz, you still haven't said what type of board you have, or what it's made of!. Is it a board made of the same or similar stuff as the photo in steve's email of 1021 pm, or what? By the way, that photo is the type of board i was talking about before, & is the photo to follow if you're gonna use this type of board, as it is actually the rear view of a rubyamp pcb! - good find steve! Regardless of that, you're gonna have a difficult time if you just make holes with a nail. You risk cracking the the board with all the closely spaced holes you're gonna have to make in it. Always better to drill the holes, but buy a couple of drill bits cause 1mm drill bits are very easy to break.
But truly mate, you're far better off buying the original kit from rubyamp.com for $29.50, or even just the board for $12.50! I do get that you may not have a lot of cash lying around (i'm in that same situation myself) but buying the kit though guarantees that you get all the correct parts, & that they're gonna fit. I've been building electronics kits for more than 25 years (hmm, i'll be an old fart soon!), yet still i find it always better to buy a complete kit. Always!
Being new to this mate, you're gonna complicate things so much for yourself my pursuing the path of making your own board! truly!
I'd hate to find out that you'd given up the project cause you're peed off with it after having probs with the board! That'd be a damn shame!
Even just buying the board mate, you're gonna have these advantages :-
* no drilling with very fine drills that are very easy to break
* you won't have to run the tracks yourself, & possibly make a mistake & blow something up
* you'll know exactly where the parts need to go, cause their location is printed on the top of the board for you
* you'll end up with a much neater & professional looking result, that's gonna last you
* if you have any problems with getting it going, you'll know they won't be caused by connections between the components
* the nice, clean copper solder pads will be easy to solder
* you'll probly save a whole day's work
Well that's all the advantages i can think of at the moment for buying just the board. But if you buy the whole kit, here's some advantages :-
* solder & wire are even included!
* you get everything but the pringles can (lol!), the battery, & the knobs. you'll probly want a little power switch (a suggested switch type pic attached) too.
* you won't have to chase around trying to get all the bits
Steve may have some other good reasons!
& no i don't own shares in the rubyamp company, but i do know the frustrating problems you can have when you're new to this hobby!
I believe you'd truly be better off getting into 'scratchbuilding' later on when you've had more experience.