Blueprints for your next project — A fantastic Trailer, a Gantry Crane or a Storage project.
When you Build It Yourself you can Make it Better and Customize it to be perfect for you.

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All Plans Come Fully Illustrated,
with Step by Step Instructions,
and a list of needed materials.

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How To Get Plans

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Mechanical Elements DIY Plans

  • The best way to get plans is via download right here, at Mechanical Elements! — All our Do-it-Yourself blueprints are available for “Electronic Download”, right after payment.  It’s fast, and there are No Shipping Charges. — Shop Now.
  • An option for “Printed & Mailed” is available by special request. Please Let Us Know if you need printed blueprints, and we’ll send instructions.  Expect 2-3 weeks delivery. Charges for Printing & Shipping apply.
  • If you prefer, we also have a Mail Order Form for blueprints. (Money Orders, Cashiers Checks).  Instructions are on the Mail Order Form.
  • Plans for Download are .PDF format for easy viewing and printing.  (Special files for some items are included.)  For easy download, the plans are bundled in a .ZIP file.  If you need, a free PDF reader is at Adobe.com and a free ZIP utility at WinZip.com.

Better Plans – By Design – from Mechanical Elements

The Difference @ Mechanical Elements

We think these are the best DIY plans. We’ve seen lots of others that don’t compare. At Mechanical Elements you get engineered, detailed as do-it-yourself plans — designed for you — and most plans include options to customize your project so it turns out to be exactly what you want.

Also have a look at our page on Why Our Trailer Plans Are Better. It’s written about trailer plans, but the principles apply to all the plans. All of our Do-it-Yourself plans are well conceived and ready for your next project. That’s the Mechanical Elements difference.

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Tips From The Mechanic

  • Welding Pre-Stressed Steel Fabrication

    Pre-Stressed Steel Fabrication

    The concepts of pre-stressed steel fabrication have been around for ages, but not often applied when building simple structures

  • Trailer Tandem Axles

    Choosing Tandem Axles (and Triples)

    Everything rides on the trailer axles, so they’ve got to right. Here are some common technologies (and misnomers) for multi-axle trailers.

  • Trailer Axle Choices

    Trailer Axle: Use Springs? Or Torsion Axle

    In the discussion of trailer axle leaf springs versus torsion axle, let’s put some engineering behind the debate.

  • Nuts and Bolts Project Fasteners

    Save Big Buying DIY Project Nuts and Bolts

    Have you ever wondered why fasteners like nuts and bolts are so expensive? You would think that something so standard and manufactured in such high volumes would be cheap, but in most places, they’re actually pretty expensive. Why?

  • Drill Fixture Zoom In

    Creative & Cheap, That’s How To Fixture

    Oh, I need to drill holes in 8 parts, all in the same place. What a pain! And, I need to cut these 5 pieces all to match. What a hassle to measure, mark, and cut each one!