Several weeks ago, I receive a free pcb from our friends of http://dangerousprototypes.com. It was their IR INFRARED TOY non smd version (more information about design and building)
It is a high quality pcb and so it was extremely easy to build. As at the moment I was only interested in analyze IR signals, I only mounted the IR receiver block (in near future I will continue with IR transmitter), using a socket so I could improve IR reception in future.
Those are some photos: