Visa Gift Card Winner!

We have a winner of the $100 Visa Gift Card!  We sent out the Photo request, and you responded.  Now the drawing, and the winner.  It just so happens that even with the random drawing, he was also the first person to submit a photo and short story for our give-away.  Now he has $100 to go buy tools for his next fun project.

A big THANK YOU to all who submitted project photos.  There weren’t too many, so competition for the Visa Gift Card gave pretty good odds, and the project show are definitely good ones.  View the page of Customer Project Stories with project photos and short blurbs about Do-It-Yourself projects, then get inspiration to build and submit your own.  We’ll grow this page over time with customer photos and stories, so send us yours!

Now back to the task at hand . . .

And The Visa Gift Card Winner Is:

donjarsi
DIY Crane Project Wins

“My Dad taught me welding:  Arc, Spot and Oxy Acetylene.  So, when retired, I decided to get my certificate at Trade College.  I made a crane.  I was awarded Student of the Year!  Love working with metal.”

Looks like he won yet again!  Thanks for submitting the photo and the story.  This submission as well as others are posted on the page of Customer Project Stories.

Customize Your Project

For those of you looking closely, you can see some modifications done on the crane to meet his specific needs.  Customized projects are where it’s at!  Great job with the crane, and congratulations on both the “Student of the Year” and the Visa Gift Card.

I’d like to especially point out that donjarsi has been welding for years, but still decided to take a class.  There is always more to learn, so keep the education coming.  As in this article about choosing Which Welder to Buy, I always recommend taking a class to learn more and become better.

We want to see your customization.  We also want to share your good ideas and project success with others that may be thinking along the same lines.  You never know who may also want to follow what you’ve done, so submit your project photos and some words about what you’ve done.  We’ll include them with the other Customer Project Stories as inspiration.

Thank You All !!

We Found These For You . . .

Article
Welding Trailer Spring Brackets
There is some disagreement in trailer building about how to weld-on trailer spring brackets (also known as spring hangers).   Some of you have sent questions about which techniques are best, especially

Read The Article

Article
Metal Working Files In Action
Often misused and not very well understood — so goes the life of many metalworking files.  Yet, they still do things other tools can’t.  That makes them a tool worth knowing!

Read The Article

Article
Ways to
Have a trailer that you want to repurpose?  Or a lightweight trailer that needs a little beef?  Is it practical to strengthen an existing trailer? Sure, there are several ways to increase trailer load capacity,

Read The Article

Product
32' Tiny House Trailer Plans For DIY

With options for length, these blueprints address the unique needs of a Tiny House Trailer.  Low 8.5’ x 30’ or 32’ top deck height.  Up to 18,000 lbs total capacity.  Fully Engineered.

Article
Should I Build A Trailer Or Buy One?
Interested in a new utility trailer?  Or ATV Hauler?  We have plans for those, but when should you build a trailer?  And, when should you just go out and buy one?

Read The Article

Product

An excellent DIY small trailer project.  These 4 x 8 Utility Trailer Plans sport 2000 lbs. capacity.  The trailer will work hard, yet always be nice to work with.  And, tow it with a smaller car.

Article
What Tires For My Trailer?
There are a million tires out there with a ton of classifications and designations.  What tires do I choose for my trailer?  That is not a silly question at all.

Read The Article

Product
Canoe Trailer Plans

Specialty trailer for carrying up to12 full size canoes or kayaks.  Designed originally for a Boy Scout Canoe Base, so it includes easy on/off, and options for on-board life jacket and paddle storage.

Product
4' x 6'6" Off-Road Adventure Trailer Plans

Build your custom adventure rig with these fully Engineered Off-Road Trailer Plans.  They have a Torsion Axle w/ Big tires to achieve a good ride and High Ground Clearance for your coming 4x4 adventures.

Article
Drill Fixture Zoom In
Oh, I need to drill a bunch of holes, all the same, in 8 parts.  What a pain!  And, I need to cut these other 5 pieces all to match.  What a hassle to measure, mark, and cut each one!…

Read The Article

Product
6x16 Utility Trailer Plans

DIY projects designed for you.  These plans show how to construct a 6 ft x 14 ft tandem axle utility trailer with 7000 lb total capacity.  Use the trailer for work or to haul your big toys.

Article
Living Tiny In A Bigger Way
OK, so you want to Live Tiny.  That’s awesome.  What can you do without?  What do you really want to have?  And how about that claustrophobia?

Read The Article

Product
6x10 Heavy Duty Trailer Plans

For all the jobs a utility trailer must do, these plans include so many options for both function and utility.  At 6+’ wide 10’ length, this design also includes an axle option for 6000 lbs or 7000 lbs.

Article
Nuts and Bolts Project Fasteners
Ever wonder why fasteners like nuts and bolts are so expensive?  You would think something so standard and manufactured in such high volumes would be cheap, but in most places, they’re actually pretty expensive.  Why?

Read The Article

Article
20ft Deck Tiny House Foundation Trailer Plans
There’s an old song comparing the wise man and the foolish man.  It might just be talking about a tiny house foundation!  Goes something like this:

Read The Article

Article
Trailer Lights and Wires Feature
On new trailer builds, and on existing rigs, the trailer lights and wires must all function.  Here are some tips on the subject so if you find the electrical a little confusing or intimidating, read on.

Read The Article

Article
Which Welder To Buy?
I’m looking to build one of your trailers, but I need to know which welder to buy?  What type, and do I need 110 or 220 volt?  What about other projects from your site that may pique my interest?

Read The Article

Product
6'x12'-6000 lbs Trailer Blueprints

DIY Blueprints for a beefy 6 x 12 single axle Utility Trailer.  This is a heavy duty version of our 6' wide trailer that has a lot of options - including a 6000 lb or 7000 lb Axle capacity choice.

Article
Engineered Trailer Plans Are Not Free Plans
It’s a big dilemma.  Why buy trailer plans (or crane plans or whatever) when you can get free plans?  Some websites have free plans, other places charge.  So what’s the big deal? 

Read The Article

Article
Trailer Hitch Safety Chains
Do they accomplish the intended purpose?  Or are trailer safety chains just a legal pain in the rear?  Maybe the better question to ask, since we’re required to use them:  “How do we make chains effective?“

Read The Article