About Mechanical Elements

About Us, Mechanical ElementsWelcome to this web portal for Do-It-Yourself Plans, Blueprints and Knowledge.  The name, “Mechanical Elements” is a play on words, because the Mechanical bits here are the starting Elements of a great new project.

Names aside, DIY is the essence of this site — sharing DIY tips, tricks, advice and plans.  We have blueprints for Utility Trailers, specialty Shop Tools, some home Food & Water Storage things, and more.  We also have articles with tips, tricks, and advice to help you succeed in these DIY projects.  Knowledge gives confidence so you know you’ve made good choices.

Plans are from our parent company, Synthesis, a Colorado based Engineering & Design Services firm.  Everything here is fully engineered to perform as stated.  We don’t market just any plans, these blueprints are all originals, so you can build with confidence.  When you shop here, you get the Real Thing!

DIY Motivation

I built my first trailer so long ago it’s almost embarrassing to discuss.  As a kid, growing up in farm country, I liked things that move.  A trailer is just a way to move things too big (or too dirty) for the trunk of mom’s car. Upsized Gantry Crane Plans Over the years dozens of designs have popped up for new things like a gantry crane, a shop press, and food storage items.  When friends or people see them I’d often get complements — then the questions like this in some form or another:

“How Can I Get One?”


“Will You Build Me One?”

Because of the questions, I wrote some instructions to give out.  That quickly became cumbersome, so I put them online at “MechanicalElements.com“.  For a lot of reasons, we moved the plans sales to Synthx.com, the engineering domain, but that didn’t let us cater to the DIY’ers like we want.  So, a few years later Mechanical Elements is back on-line, and that’s where we are now.  On this site we can create lots of great DIY info to go along with all the DIY plans.

Over the years products have matured and expanded.  Now, hundreds of DIY’ers purchase plans and build awesome products for themselves.  Some customers send pictures of success (and modifications), and we love to share the customer project stories and photos.  Thank you for taking the time.  Please keep the photos and stories coming, because sharing is a big part of what we’re all about.

Plans are available for you too.  Project plans on Mechanical Elements are for the Do-It-Yourself Enthusiast.  They include instructions that are easy enough for people who are not totally familiar with reading blueprints and industry jargon.  That said, we do expect you know something about building in order to tackle such projects.

As you browse the site and read the articles, we hope even the expert builders will find a tidbit of “Hmmm, that’s interesting” contained within.  We also pass along the good DIY tips others share.  Oh, and you can share too.  Just drop us a line.

Now you know our Story.  Enjoy the Plans !!

Spreading The DIY Knowledge

There is much more than just the great Do-it-Yourself plans on this site!  Mechanical Elements is a web portal for DIY, so we are always building more, writing more, and sharing more with you.

Try the library of shared knowledge about how to build things, where to look for the best buys, and tricks to make your DIY Life better.  These short articles are in The Mechanic’s Post.  As time goes on, the list of articles grows, so check back once in a while to learn something different.

By the way, we do accept articles written by others who wish to share.   Of course, they must meet our standards, but we can help with that.  If you have something to share, please let us know.  Thank you.

Mechanical Elements by Synthesis

Synthesis Engineering Services, Inc. As above, Mechanical Elements is a DIY feature of Synthesis Engineering Services, Inc.  We love making plans and helping DIY’ers build cool stuff.  Synthesis has been around since the mid 1990’s, and we have weathered some crazy economic times.  Our competitors come and go, yet we’re still here as a premier Engineering Services Provider.  Perhaps that speaks to our engineering expertise, broad capabilities, and customer service ethics, but it may just be luck.  Either way, we’re happy to be here and happy to help by creating amazing products, custom designs, and helping customers find solutions.  Please visit the Synthesis website to learn more.

For those of you that ask, Yes, through Synthesis we also do custom product design.  If you need a custom trailer, for instance, we’re happy to help.  It’s not cheap, but the plans you’ll get will be fully engineered and built to meet your needs.  Custom is not the way for everyone, mostly because of cost, but it can certainly fill a need when nothing else is available.

Oh, and enjoy the blueprints here at Mechanical Elements!  They are engineered just for you.