Introduction: Periodic Table Display
"Chemistry... offers one of the most powerful means towards the attainment of a higher mental cultivation... because it furnishes us with insight into those wonders of creation which immediately surround us." Justus von Liebig.
While chemistry is not my major field of study I am no less interested in the subject. In fact, my undergraduate research position is with the chemistry department. One day I had the idea to start an element collection. I realize, of course, that I will probably never complete the collection (for the obvious reason that some elements will just be impossible to acquire) but I have already procured several and I figured I needed a nice way to display them as my collection grew. A periodic table shaped display seemed the most appropriate, so I ran with the idea.
I wanted a display that wouldn't be too big, but not too small either. I settled at about three feet in length and about a foot tall. I used popular boards I picked up at Lowes and miter saw (definitely not the ideal tool for the job, but I worked with what I had). The pieces of wood were notched and then inserted into each other and glued. I think this weekend project turned out great and I'm extremely happy with the results. Now just to get all the elements on the appropriate shelf!