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|Let's take a tour of my
laboratory, which is located in the basement of my home in Littleton,
Colorado. As we look around, I'll show you some more old
projects, as well as
the ones currently under development.
||« Howdy; I'm
John Doran! I have a brief autobiography in the Documents
|« The heart of my
laboratory is this new custom-built test bench. Note the
shelf above the work-surface, and the little multi-drawer cabinet
This bench has really facilitated my work, and I regret not having built it long ago.
|« Here is a
closer look at the bench's work-surface, with the light switched on.
The board is the Serial/Parallel I/O module for the D16/M minicomputer; documented on the D16 page.
|« This is a view of
the lab's northeast corner. At left is my roll-around
power-supply rack, and in the center is the time-and-frequency rack. On
the right is my amateur radio station (KV0L).
In the top of the T/F rack is a homebrew digital clock which automatically sets itself, using the 60 kHz VLF time signal from WWVB up in Fort Collins. I built it into an old time-code display unit. The WWVB receiver itself is just below the clock. Nowadays, you can buy an autosetting clock for around $30!
The T/F rack also contains my SCALE-7 microcomputer and my laboratory PC.
|« This is my parts
bench, in the southeast corner of the lab. This long table was my
original test bench; I used it for many years before I built the
I store my big laser power supplies in the corner. The black box on the top of the stack is the D16/M minicomputer.
|« Here is a view
into the Special Projects lab, through the door in the north
I cannibalized an old Tek 547 oscilloscope to make the "wall- hanging" on the upper left. Please don't accuse me of sacrilege; the unit had many broken switch-wafers and was unrepairable!
|« This is a look
the Special Projects lab's northeast corner, showing my mechanical
bench with the
"mini-mill," drill press, and vise. On the right is my old
Atlas/Craftsman bench lathe.
|« Here we are
looking southwest. At the left is my
high-vacuum pumping system. In the middle is a big water-cooled
electromagnet that I am restoring, and on the right is a rack
containing more test
Hmmm. This stuff looks like it could turn into a cyclotron or something...
The computer in the rack is Bob Armstrong's SBC/FP 6120, a functional replica of the DEC PDP-8 minicomputer.
|« Here is my
glass-blowing bench, in the southeast corner.
|In the northwest corner of the
Special Projects lab, there is a little alcove for equipment and supply
|« Now, finally, what
scientist's" laboratory is complete without Jacob's Ladder? This
old prop rests on top of the bookshelf beside my test bench.
lab_notes (HTML) Here is some more specific information about my laboratory, together
with a general discussion of home labs in general. It includes my list of
recommended lab gear, such as test instruments, tools, and supplies.
bio (HTML) Here is some information about me.
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