Our Plans come from an Engineering Company, so you can expect high quality and thorough information. We think that’s right. Our DIY plans are complete — better than many others we have reviewed. Here is a peek at what they contain. Check out the image slider at the bottom of the page showing the DIY plans as visual examples.
What’s In The Plans?
First, Each set of plans has a Bill of Materials, which is a list of both raw materials and purchase components needed to complete the project. The list includes raw material, cut lengths and quantities, component sizes and options to achieve a different look or performance level. We don’t assume you are an expert, so there is some explanation where things are not obvious.
Second, The plans include possible sources for acquiring the materials and components needed.
Third, We understand that each customers has different goals, and those require variations in the design. To accomplish this, some plans have a section on Engineering Considerations to explain how to achieve different goals — like increasing load capacity, changing size, saving weight, cost variations, etc.. We also encourage customization to the make the final product perfect for you.
These are DIY Plans — For the Do-It-Yourself Enthusiast
Forth, Our DIY plans give Tips to help with the project. These tips include set-up advise, assembly directions or fixturing info. Safety tips for building as well as for using the product, are in the instructions.
Fifth, Our plans have two sections . . .
- A Section of Instructions:
- Most instructions include Illustrations to emphasize details like on the sample page shown. Explanations are given along with the options.
- A Section of Drawings: – The DIY Plans have one of these two formats. See the image for an example of each.
- Some drawings are Portrait to print “A” size (8.5″ x 11″), including some illustrations with the instructions. Or . . .
- Some drawings are Landscape, Full Sheet format. Full sheets can print at 8.5″ x 11″ or up to 22″ x 17″ using options in Acrobat Reader or other PDF software.
Note: Some drawing pages, like templates, are best to print full scale. If necessary, instructions and possible sources for large format printing are in the instructions.
Sixth, Our DIY plans include Options, and things to customize the look or enhance performance. Additionally, some plans include hints on how to take the project one step further (even when all the details for those options are not specified).
How Do I Get Plans?
Plans are available electronically from this website, or you can get them by mail-order — and we offer multiple ways to receive your plans too:
- The best way is to order the plans right here, on-line, then Download them immediately. (Size, 1 – 3Mb)
- Or, order plans through the mail using This Mail-Order Form. Instructions are on the form.
- Printed plans ship via USPS, but only in USA at this time.
Note: Plans for download are in Adobe PDF 5.0 format, and for quicker downloading, may be bundled in a .ZIP file. If your computer does not already have one, a free PDF reader is available at www.Adobe.com and a free ZIP utility at www.WinZip.com.
Note: Printed plans are delivered on 8.5″ x 11″ and/or 11″ x 17″ paper as appropriate. However, the templates, if needed, print at full size.
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Our Plans a designed with you in mind. You can learn more about what drives us at Mechanical Elements, then get your plans, and start building! Enjoy.