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.)


Screw gun

Handheld, lightweight, battery-powered screw guns are a must for all the world’s do-it-yourself enthusiasts. (From the catalogue 2015.)


Spirit level

The spirit level helps you ensure perfectly horizontal and vertical surfaces. Invented in 1661 by Frenchman Melchisédech Thévenot. (From the catalogue 1934.)


Measuring tape

Graded in both inches and centimetres, the two-metre measuring tape is one of the home carpenter’s best friends. Today they are mostly in plastic. Here, though, note the ingenious locking mechanism. (From the catalogue 1933.)



Many have wanted to take credit for inventing the saw but the earliest versions were probably created in the Stone Age and made from animal jaws. (From the catalogue 1928.)


Silicone-kit for windows

Nothing covers cracks like silicone. And it doesn’t just keep things tight, it nicely follows other materials. (From catalogue 1989.)


Mitre saw

For cutting and sawing at an angle, the mitre saw is unbeatable. (From the catalogue 1998.)


Glue gun

The glue gun works by heating a stick of glue until it melts and can then be applied onto whatever needs sticking together. (From the catalogue 2013.)


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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