Does anyone know of an on-line resourse with blueprints or plans for various structures for people to scratch-build their own stuff?
I used to build RC planes with my dad when I was younger. The blueprints for the planes were basically a drawing that you would build the wing or fuselage on. You would place a piece of balsa on the drawing, take an exacto knife to cut to length, then use some CA glue to glue the pieces together. Before you knew it, you had an assembled wing. Put a piece of waxed paper over the drawing before you started to build and you could use it over and over again.
I was thinking something like this would work out good for bridges, piers etc... made out of balsa or the sheets of plastic and wood sold at the hobby stores. If you take something printed on a laser printer, put it face down on a piece of wood, and lightly heat it with you wife's iron, the ink will transfer over to the wood. Then, all you have to do is cut on the lines for what ever structure you are wanting to build.
Building this way eliminates all the calculations and figuring out angles and such. It's basically "copying" the picture.
There is an example of the type of drawing I am referring to that is used to build model airplanes.