Theodore Gray's Periodic Table of Tools

Theodore Gray has a new book out called Tools: A Visual Exploration of Implements and Devices in the Workshop, which is full of everything you need to know about tools. Gray made quite a splash over the last twenty years or so with his many iterations of the Periodic Table of Elements, so his publisher had the idea to make a periodic table of tools to accompany the book, with photographs by Nick Mann.

The Periodic Table of Tools in interactive form has its own website. You can see that the table is headed by hammers on one side and driver bits on the other. Click on any of the cells and pull up more examples and information on that tool. Rearrange the table by groups and see how each type of tool relates to other types of tools, although some allowances were made, like giving "toy tools" and "antique tools" their own cells in fairly random places. If you look at each photograph closely, you will find some surprises. The Periodic Table of Tools is available for sale as a 36" x 20" poster. It would look good in your workshop. -via Metafilter

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