Our Plans come from an Engineering Company, so you can expect high quality and thorough information. That’s how it should be. The blueprints are complete — better than others we’ve reviewed. Here is a peek at what they contain. Also, see the slider at the bottom of the page for visual examples of DIY plans.
What’s In The Plans?
First, Each set of plans has 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, and options to achieve a different look or performance level. We don’t assume you are the expert, so there is some explanation when things are not obvious.
Second, Plans include possible sources to get the materials and components.
Third, We understand that each customers has different goals, and those 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.. We encourage customization to make the final product perfect for you.
DIY Plans — For the Do-It-Yourself Enthusiast
Forth, Our DIY plans give Tips to help with the project. These tips include set-up advice, assembly directions and/or fixturing info. Safety tips for certain areas are also in the instructions.
Fifth, Our plans have two sections . . .
- A Section of Instructions:
- Most instructions include Illustrations to emphasize details (see the sample image). Explanations are given along with the details and options.
- Instructions are formatted on standard 8.5″ x 11″ for easy 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″ 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 in the design with things to customize the look or enhance performance. We encourage customization and explain where that’s OK and where it is best not. Read about When it is Safe to Customize the Plans.
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 on-line, 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.
- Printed plans ship via USPS, but only in USA at this time.
Note: Plans for download are in Adobe PDF format, and 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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