015. Grain elevator

Grain elevators are icons of the American prairie. When you make one out of tinplate, you are helping to preserve a bit of vanishing Americana. They also make great little desk accessories!

This project can be easily made out of all-silver tinplate, cool printed patterns from cans, or it can even be painted when you’re finished with it. 

Dimensions: 2-1/2″ wide; 2-1/8″ deep; 3″ high

PDF Specs

  • 43 pictures
  • 8 instruction pages
  • 1 plans page


  • $3.95

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  • Vise
  • File
  • 3/16" sq. punch or 3/16"-wide chisel
  • Soldering iron
  • Needle-noes pliers
  • Scissors


  • Tinplate
  • Solder & flux
  • Tape
  • Spray adhesive