The DIY Plans (Blueprints) at Mechanical Elements come from an Engineering Company, so you can expect high quality and thorough information. They are fully engineered to perform, and that’s how it should be. The blueprints are more complete — with more and better information than others we’ve reviewed. And that’s why we claim to be the best.
Below is a peek at what things the plans contain. Also, please see the slider at the bottom of the page for visual examples of the Mechanical Elements DIY plans.
What’s In The Plans?
First, Each set of plans includes sections of both Drawings and Instructions. Sometimes these are separate documents, and sometimes it’s all in one. We don’t assume you are the expert, so there is some explanation when things are not obvious — especially for options.
- A Section of Instructions:
- The instructions include Illustrations to emphasize area details (see the sample image). Explanations are given along with the details and where applicable, the options.
- Instructions are formatted on standard 8.5″ x 11″ for easy viewing and printing.
- A Section of Drawings: – The DIY Plans have one of these two formats for the drawings. See the images for an example of each.
- Some drawings are Portrait to print “A” size (8.5″ x 11″) including 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″ (“C” size) 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. Most print shops can do larger printing at relatively low cost if you need it.
Second, the plans include a Bill of Materials, which is a list of both raw materials and components to purchase for the project. It includes raw material cut lengths and quantities, component sizes and options. We encourage customizing your DIY plans, so we also include options to achieve a different look or performance level. Component options as well as build and feature options. In some cases there are even material options.
Third, Plans include possible sources for where to get the materials and components. There are many possibilities, but we give a few of our favorites.
DIY Plans — For the Do-It-Yourself Enthusiast
Fourth, We understand each customer has different goals, and those may require variations in the design. To accomplish this, some plans have a section of Engineering Considerations to explain how to achieve different goals — like increasing load capacity, changing size, saving weight, cost variations, etc.. Most plans also include options that help you customize the project to be what you really want. (See Sixth, below.) We encourage customization to make the final product perfect for you.
Fifth, Our DIY plans give Tips to help with the project. These tips include set-up advice, assembly directions and/or fixture info. Safety tips for certain areas are also in the instructions. Because we want you to be successful.
Sixth, Our DIY plans include Options – like things to customize the look or modify performance. We encourage customization, so we explain where that’s OK and where it is best not. For more information, please read about When it is Safe to Customize the Plans.
Finally, Even if you don’t buy your DIY plans from us, we have a wonderful library of Tips and Advice for making your project turn out great. Click the “Mechanic’s Post” link in the page header for great resources on many topics of building and DIY shop action. It’s a service of Mechanical Elements, and it’s all there for you.
How Do I Get DIY Plans?
Plans are available electronically via download 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 online, then Download them immediately. (Size, 1 – 3Mb) Start by selecting your plans.
- Or, order plans through the mail using This Mail-Order Form. Instructions are on the form. (If you don’t see the exact plans you need on the form, just write it in.)
- Printed plans ship via USPS, but only within the USA at this time.
Note: Plans for download are in Adobe PDF format, then for quicker downloading, may be bundled (instructions + drawings) 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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Can You Show Me Some DIY Plans?
Of course! Here are a bunch of slides showing some of the pages from the plans. As noted above, each set of plans contains several pages and often both instructions and drawings. That said, they are all formatted so they work well just printed from your home printer. (Just set your print settings for “Scale to Fit”.)
Images for each of the projects are on the individual product pages in the plans store. Click on the images to see a larger view. Plans will show you all the details of how to build the product.
Our DIY plans are designed with you in mind. Learn more about what drives us here at Mechanical Elements, then get your plans and start building! Customize the project just the way you want, and don’t forget to share your progress and success. Seriously, we love seeing your build progress in photos. Customer stories are awesome for others to also read, so please share.
Thank you for visiting at Mechanical Elements. Enjoy your Project.