As you can see the joints are solid but do not look pretty. Also, this job took me an hour or more and I missed the directional pin, requiring troubleshooting and resoldering. I would not suggest others working with SMT boards without a hot plate. Still, I plan on soldering up the other two boards the same way.
Thanks, Zack, for a solid design and a working tutorial, even if I did not follow it. I am thankful that I get to bypass the PIC phase of the RepRap design.
Update: December 29, 2009
I recently soldered up the same board with a hot plate and got much better results. Observe:
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