I will use this blog site as a way to log my development of an amateur science laboratory. This site may help teachers and others to learn and teach about science. They can take some of the ideas and apply it for themselves.
Plastic test tubes from florists supplies, cigar containers and powder soap containers.
11a) Support Stand
Support stand made from curtain rod and wood.
11b) Support Stand
Putting coat hanger clamp on flask
11c) Support Stand
Using coat hanger to support bulb flask.
11d) Support Stand
Using clothespins to hold thermometer.
The DNA Wizard
Found this kit for $10.00
10) Parts For a MicroBio Lab
Items to create an incubator, microscope slide storage box and a sterilizer (pressure cooker).
Science Probe Magazine
I think the only amateur science magazine ever published, other than electronic and astronomy magazines.
9) Homemade Parts Bins
These bins are made from juice and milk containers
8) Wooden Racks and Plastic Water Bottles
These racks are made from wood found during garbage day. The bottles are plastic dishwashing soap bottles.
7) Old Light Bulb Flasks
These flasks are created using old light bulbs. Be careful when creating these, so as not to break them on your bare hands.
Old laptop I found and some software from the net and voila we have an oscillscope. I will try and get a better picture.
5) Petri Dishes
These are glass casters I found in the trash.
Labware and Glassware
I found these items in many different second hand stores. It took quite a few trips to collect these, but I would say it was worth it. The prize is the glass petri dishes.
4) Building Different Stands
I built the funnel stands from coat hangers. Just bend them to the right shapes and you can make many different stands. The other stands are made from 1/2 in. wooden dowels and 1 in. thick 6 in. by 6 in. plywood. Drill hole in the plywood and glue dowel into place.
3) Homemade Centrifuge
A blender and some odds and ends and we are able to build a nice working centrifuge.
2) Soap Dishes
Storage containers made from soap dishes.
1) Storage Containers
Juice or milk containers make great storage containers
CSI DNA Labarotory
I found this at a Sears clearance store. It was on half-off it's clearance price which I bought for $22.00 and a refill kit for $8.00. This is an interesting set, it gives you a centrifuge, electrophoresis chamber and many other items.
Smithsonian Microchemistry 5000
Found this set at a garage sale for $5.00.
Porter Chemcraft Chemistry Set
I found this at an antique show for $20.00. It is from the 1950's.
Merit Chemistry Set
I found this 1970's chemistry set at a flee market for $3.00. Nice bargain!!!
Mr. Wizard Chemistry Set
This is one of the chemistry sets I had when I was younger. I found it on ebay for $10.00. It is a 1970's chemistry sets.
My Growing Library
The Laboratory Companion: A Practical Guide to Materials Equipment and Technique - by Gary S. Coyne 2006.
Procedures in Experimental Physics - by John Strong. Orginally published in 1938 republished 1986.
Apparatus - 1967 by F. F. Blackwell.
Junior Science Projects - 1967 by the Editors of Science Experimenter
Exploring Science in your Home Laboratory - 1963 by Richard Harbeck
A Low Cost Approach to PCR - 1998 by Eva Harris
Recombinant DNA a Short Course by James Watson, John Tooze and David Kurtz.
Build-it-Yourself Science Laboratory - Raymond E. Barrett 1963.