I recently discovered the incredible book “Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements: Embracing All Those which are Most Important in Dynamics, Hydraulics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, Steam Engines, Mill and Other Gearing, Presses, Horology, and Miscellaneous Machinery, and Including Many Movements Never Before Published, and Several which Have Only Recently Come Into Use” By Henry T. Brown, and despite the fact that it’s available free online, I instantly went out and bought myself a copy.
The book is exactly what it sounds like.. Five hundred illustrations of mechanical mechanisms, with a brief note about each one and how it functions. Most of the mechanisms are ingeniously simple and do things like convert oscillating motion to rotational motion.
Or how to make a rectangular gear:
As I was flipping through the book, I started to wish I could see all of the movements laid out neatly in one place as a quick reference while I’m building. Since no such reference existing, I spent the next couple days cutting out all 507 images and arranging them into two huge 24×36 posters which I had professionally printed from a poster shop in Indiana. If any of you other nerds would like a copy, you can pick one up here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/156296874/five-hundred-and-seven-mechanical.