I think what you're looking for is something like the diagram I posted back on page 4: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/simp...ml#post4393542
Granted that diagram was for a dual circuit design based on a 556 timer, but it shows every single wire and connection on the breadboard and I'd wager a non-engineer could split that diagram conceptually down the middle and wire up a 555. To be clear, on a 555 pins 1-8 are not the same as pins 1-8 on a 556, but that aside the rest of the circuit would be wired identically after accounting for the correct pin numbers. Here's the pin mapping that would have to be done for a 555 based diagram:
My 556 Pin Correct 555 Pin
3 5 (no connections anyways)
For what its worth, my opinion would be to stay away from perf boards and wire wrapping or soldering unless those activities are something you enjoy / are good at. It's just so easy to wire up a breadboard since all you have to do is cut and strip wires and press them into the holes. The signal distribution and power busses are done inside the board for you. If you wanted I could draw you up a breadboard diagram just like the one on page 4 but for a 555 circuit. It should only take a few minutes to modify the one already posted.