Cross laser pass

A laser pass on a tripod makes aligning things at home a piece of cake. (From catalogue 2011.)



Sheet metal was, until the early 1800s, an expensive material that only exclusive homes could use. It didn’t become a cost-effective material until 100 years later. But snips, or shears, have been used from the start. (From the catalogue 1932.)


Wire cutters

There are many types of wire cutters, or diagonal pliers as some call them. Regardless, they all cut by putting an indent in the wire and then forcing it apart. (From catalogue 1939.)


Adjustable wrench

During a prison stint in 1922, the first black heavy-weight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, invented a version of the wrench. He was in prison for marrying a white woman. Together with the Swede Johan Petter Johansson, Jack Johnson was one of three people to patent similar products. The earliest drawings of a wrench are from the 1400s and were found in Germany. (From catalogue 1930.)


Colour spray

The first colour spray was invented by Joseph Binks in Chicago in 1887. This one is an electric colour spray that was first sold in the mid-1950. (From the catalogue 1973.)



Albert Kaufman presented the jigsaw in 1946 to his employer Scintilla. The Swiss inventor had been inspired by his wife’s sowing machine and constructed a saw that was perfect for creating rounded patterns. Similar gadgets had been sold before, but this was the version that caught the world’s attention. Today, the jigsaw makes many lives easier each day. (From the catalogue 1995.)



The hedgecutter exists in manual versions and also with engines powered by battery or petrol. This version can be connected to a drilling machine. (From the catalogue 1973.)


Reciprocating saw

The reciprocating saw is powerful and can be used for sawing most materials. The first portable version appeared in Milwaukee in 1951. (From the catalogue 2004.)


Spray colour

Acrylic paint (or “plastic paint” or “latex paint”) came to Sweden in the mid-1900s, and enabled painters to spray-paint almost any material. (From the catalogue 1957.)

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