Friday, March 20, 2009

My Lab

This is a picture of my lab right now. It is some what cluttered. I have small and large bins, parts drawers. They hold all kinds of things, such as rubber stoppers, corks, magnets, marbles, Y tubes, connecting tubes, lenses, etc. There is a couple of shelves that hold chemicals. The top shelve (not pictured) holds lab equipment.

In picture 9) on the right side you see I cut out the tops of juice and milk containers and used them as bins. They are placed in a metal shelving unit with the shelves about 1 foot apart. They hold all sorts of lab items. Test tubes, petri dishes, glass casters, cheese cloth, cotton balls and pads, electronics, plastic and glass jars, etc. The good thing about these is I can keep collecting filling them as I go along and they are free.


Kyle said...

You lab looks good, however it is very cluttered. You would have to take extra caution when preparing any type of larger apparatus for experimentation or processing.

There is a danger also within your lab of having everything so close together. Preparatory or analytic processes should not be conducted so close to all that clutter or, the risk is easy to see. Accidentally knocking something over, spilling something, shaking.

I recommend that you invest in getting a clean "bench station" to do the the labor of the laboratory upon. This can have lower cabinets but is best totally free of clutter upon the top.

I am making a home made lab my self, i will send you information.


Lawrence said...

Hi Kyle,

My lab is cluttered, but most of the supplies are on the outer in edges in bins and drawers. Actually the centre area is quite free and many times when working in this area I use a plastic tray under my experiments. All my centifuges are enclosed so no spillage will come from them. Any media prep and sterilization I do in the kitchen. For other work such as microbiological I use an aqarium as a transfer chamber. Any chemical experiments I do are in small amounts so not much can be spilled.

Also on the opposite wall is another lab bench, 5 feet by 2 feet. This bench has much less on it. My lab is a small close area (the way I like to work with everything at my fingertips) of 2 benches and metal shelves usng all 4 walls. Everything within reach.

Please send me information on what you are doing with your lab setup. I love to hear what others are doing so I can add more information to my blog. I also like to hear from anyone using my information and how they are using it to make there on labs. The more information we have the better.


Kyle said...

Hello Lawrence.

I have been having some big Email Problems of late but have wanted to contact you.

I would appreciate if you could contact me at so that i can send you info on my lab and some other ideas.


Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Lawrence said...

Thanks. I keep learning more and more everyday. At the beginning I was mainly just collecting things and searching for ideas. I spent a lot of time tinkering with and taking apart items. Now I build items that I use quite often.

I do intend to keep it up, but many times I just like to experiment.