Steve Hansen's Pages of Resources for Vacuum Experimenters
Steve Hansen's quarterly newsletter devoted to vacuum experimenter's. There is some incredible stuff being done in basements and attics these days.A home built transmission electron microscope and Generating X Rays With Receiving Tubes [Link] are typical articles from past issues. See also Experiments with x-rays produced by receiving tubes.[Link]
Links to other editions of 'The Bell Jar' ,as well as some other interesting stuff,can be found on Bill Beaty's Home Page.[Link]
Shawn Carlson's articles in the October and November 1996 'Amateur Scientist' [Link] section of the magazine describe a simple cryopumped vacuum system made out of a home canning jar,etc.