Be a little careful of those "tackle boxes". They sure don't look like they are ESD safe...
Another way to go for logic is something like this:
It's a CPLD already mounted on a PC board. The programmer runs around $10 and it will work for most Altera products. It's essentially 240 or so super gates (and flip flops) that you can hook up any way you want. Get tired of how it's hooked up today, change tomorrow.
Software is a free download off of the web. Learning curve is not as crazy as you might think. You put in a schematic and the software figures out what to do with it.
There are indeed a *lot* of similar boards running up into the tens of thousands of super gates. There are also several people who make them. For the most part, software and programmers are specific to one gate manufacturer.