Spiraling Up

January 7, 2016.  Mechanical Elements is back online with a new look, a new logo, new functionality, and a better shopping experience. — With — an expanded offering of the Same Great DIY Project Plans and so much more. All this on the Old, but now resurrected, though not so recent, MechanicalElements.com domain. — This is the first news / announcement post.

As Mechanical Elements returns again to it’s own website, this brings us full circle.  The one constant in all the change is the great DIY project plans that are here for you, the Do-it-Yourself Enthusiast.  We say “Enthusiast“, but we really mean those that jump in, get their hands a little greasy, then end up with a product that is much better than anything available through a store.  You just can’t buy the pride of building a great project yourself.

“Build it With Plans – Better Than You Can Buy It !!”

If that’s you, then it’s easy to solute you!  Because we are you.  We are very much a part of the greasy fingers DIY category of folks that make the world go around.  We build stuff, lots of stuff, including the things of the plans we sell!  And, we test the stuff we build, via everyday use and abuse, so we know these products will perform.  In fact, most of the original products came about as a solution WE (or the Wife or a friend) wanted to have.  Since then, many of our newer plans come from suggestions from you, our readers and customers.

Some of the things we have for you are simple Solutions! like this little Gantry Crane Skyhook.  (So simple it doesn’t need plans.)  Others are obviously much more involved like our Heavy Duty Utility Trailers, Shop Tools, and other great DIY projects.

Past & Future DIY Project Plans

With the re-launching of this site, the DIY project plans are now, once again, available for you on Mechanical Elements.  Interestingly, the first plans sales were on the MechanicalElements.com domain in the late 1990’s.  After several years and for many reasons, the domain was put on hold with the plans then sold on Synthx.com in the “Buy The Way” section.  That worked for a time, and it served a purpose.   However, now, because of a desire to expand the site with tips and a lot more DIY helps and information, we’ve gone back to the MechanicalElements.com domain.

Is that all too confusing?  The history is not so important as the fact it’s here now.  Just think of it as Great plans for DIY projects, with lots of articles for information, and a lot more to come!

Our new focus takes us beyond just the DIY Project Plans.  One big addition for this new version of Mechanical Elements is the new section we call “The Mechanic’s Post“.  There we have a growing library of helpful DIY tips with tons of suggestions, news, guides, recommendations, and so much more.  We set out to be the web’s DIY portal.

That’s a lofty goal, we know, but we believe, and you can help.  Submit your project stories and share your ideas for cool Solutions!  Whether it’s the beginning of a project or something when it’s complete.  If you have a story about a project built with plans from Mechanical Elements, (or Synthx.com Buy The Way) we’d like to hear it.

Easy To Get

The plans are easy and fast to get.  Just Add to Cart, then right after payment is complete, you can save the files directly to your computer.  It’s that simple.  Oh, and if you should have trouble with the download, we’ve got you covered there too.  Just contact us and we’ll help you out.

Thank you for making this your home for awesome workshop projects.  Start here to get your DIY project plans, and so much more great information.  Let us know how we can best make this website serve you — the DIY Enthusiast!

Enjoy the new website — and especially Enjoy your DIY projects!

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New Tandem Torsion Axle Design
Over and over we recommend:  “Don’t use torsion axles in tandem because they don’t load-share”.  Well, What if we make them share?  Here’s a new design that brings the benefits of a torsion axle to the tandem axle party

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Need To Shorten The Chain
In previous articles we discuss the importance of trailer safety chain length.  If the chains are too long, what can you do?  Yeah, odds are you won’t need them, but what if you do?  Long chains can complicate things quickly,…

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More Trailer Plans for Torsion Axles
More New Product Announcements:  The Mechanical Elements line of DIY Trailer Blueprints has just expanded – AGAIN – with more trailer plans for torsion axles.  These new trailer plans fill

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Success List To Make A Trailer
There are a lot of little details that go into a trailer building project.  Some big, some small.  Overall, it’s not hard, yet, when we think about the really important things that make a trailer perform well, the list is…

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Example of DIY Trailer Construction Mistake
Learning good trailer construction by examining bad is a great way to focus on details.  This photo shows 4 points of “less that careful thought” in the way the trailer is built.  Can you pick them out?

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Solution! for Air Tools
A simple Solutions! reader submission for easy access and organization of his common Air Tools.  Simple enough to build in an hour, and great enough to keep  . . .  forever.  Try this.

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Trailer With Attitude
When we think about airplanes flying, or boats sailing, it’s easy to imagine how they move.  An airplane rolls some as it banks into a turn.  A boat pitches up and down with the waves.  So, how do these factors…

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Canoe or Kayak Rack

A great way to both store and transport hard body boats like canoes or kayaks.  It’s a simple, scalable rack that disassembles for storage, or opens to hold boats -- for storage or secure trailer transport.

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Is there escape from covid-19?
What more can we say about Coronavirus?  The daily press updates are full of horrible news!  There’s so much concern and sadness everywhere.  Then there’s the “Stay at Home” mandates.  I need an emotional escape from COVID !!

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16K by 20' Flat Deck Trailer

When heft is on the agenda, consider this beefy version of our 20’ length deck-over trailer plans.  With many options like all our trailers, this tandem axle is super heavy duty for rigorous jobs.