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  • My wife and I have been considering getting another dog, our Venus is in Heaven so this will be a great project for another Rott. Thanks!
    By jovanni53, on November 21, 2015

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  • You could still use it as a place to park phones, maybe even set up a charging station. I occasionally miss having the phone tethered to the wall, because that way you could at least always find it. Nice little table.
    By yvonneemueller, on March 6, 2016
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  • I made this, came out beautiful. Great instructions too, much thanks.
    By sean7012, on May 28, 2015

  • Great tutorial! Thanks!
    By remicorson, on November 3, 2017

  • The link to these plans is not working.
    By sthorne1221, on February 16, 2018
    • @sthorne1221 the link should be fixed now. Thank you for notifying us!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 16, 2018

  • Where is the tutorial for this item?
    By sthorne1221, on March 31, 2018
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  • This is amazing, what a great starter project for me :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on January 26, 2015

  • Can't read cut list to blurry
    By mjpaul4200, on January 27, 2015

  • If you click on the cut list thumbnail it will get larger and you should be able to read just fine.
    By RogueEngineer, on January 29, 2015

  • This seems like an awesome piece to have, and i would love to have it in my room.. But am i mistaken, or wont the the section where the false bottom meets the wall actually be preventing it from Fully opening up.. Because this is supposed to be flush up against the wall correct? Maybe i'm just not looking at it correctly.
    By grantwolter, on February 1, 2015

  • grantwolter: Look at Step 4 to view where the hinge is attached. This set-up will prevent the problem you are concerned about.
    By istuke, on February 2, 2015

  • All great questions. To allow for the recommended 1 1/4 pocket screws - How tick is this wood ?
    By geponu_110547, on February 4, 2015

  • grantwolter: istuke is correct, the hinge point location in fact causes the bottom back corner to swing up and away from the wall. This is good because the hinge is hidden and the side of the shelf seems to butt up against the wall.
    By RogueEngineer, on February 7, 2015

  • geponu_110547: All the wood used has an actual thickness of 3/4".
    By RogueEngineer, on February 7, 2015

  • How far in from the edge should the support arms be placed?
    By spikeb17, on February 10, 2015

  • I can't see the measurements for the location of the friction hinges. Could you please help me out with this? Thank you
    By Pen4956, on February 19, 2015

  • On the "Secret Shelf". A beautiful project with one problem. The small pictures chop off all the important measurements, and the enlargements, which have the measurements, won't print. How about putting all the dimensions on the small pictures so they can be copied?
    By ahorowitz, on February 19, 2015

  • Nice! I can see having these all over my house.
    By yvonneemueller, on February 21, 2015

  • Just looking at the cut list....if you rip 1/8" off of the 10" width, wouldn't that be 9-7/8". Just wondering if that is a typo or the actual length?
    By Mstripling13, on February 23, 2015

  • @spikeb17 The support arms should be placed 1" in from the edge of the top. Sorry I didn't realize I left that off until after I posted this.
    By Rogue Engineer, on February 26, 2015

  • @Pen4956 If you click on the picture it will expand and you should be able to see the measurements. If you would like the printable PDF of these plans head on over to http://rogueengineer.com/diy-secret-shelf-plans/
    By Rogue Engineer, on February 26, 2015

  • @ahorowitz Unfortunately that is one of the limitations of this platform however, if you would like the printable PDF of these plans head on over to http://rogueengineer.com/diy-secret-shelf-plans/
    By Rogue Engineer, on February 26, 2015

  • thanks @yvonneemueller@gmail.com
    By Rogue Engineer, on February 26, 2015

  • @Mstripling13 a 1x10 nominal board is actually 3/4" x 9-1/4"
    By Rogue Engineer, on February 26, 2015

  • Cool project . This will be a great present for my Sister.
    By Nicoya77, on March 18, 2015

  • If I wanted to increase the length of this shelf by 10" inches and make it out of maple would the friction hinges still work? Also I am assuming for mounting that I would want to hit 3 studs?
    By Shnake, on October 25, 2017

  • Can you use a different type of friction hinge or does it only have to be the curved friction hinge? Just curious because I’ve read many poor reviews about the curved friction hinge. Thanks.
    By Eagle04, on December 30, 2017

  • What size friction hinge and piano hinge did u use?

    By Hailmaximus, on February 12, 2021

  • Is there an estimated weight that the hidden shelf can hold?
    By MrJaxun, on February 15, 2021
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  • Hello, right back at ya! These are going to be enjoyed by so many people for years to come. We also dig the modifications you made to suit your family. Very nice.
    By RYOBI Nation, on November 21, 2018

  • Hello there, RYOBI Nation!
    I definitely look forward to using these chairs for a long time.
    I find myself spending more time on my patio, just to sit in the chairs.
    By TARZANTHEJEDI, on November 22, 2018

  • Those look super comfy, I'll have to add it to my project list.
    By joedarrell11, on November 23, 2018
    • I highly recommend making these chairs, its a great plan
      By TARZANTHEJEDI, on December 3, 2018

  • Really like the design and the modifications, very nice
    By KlarsWoodworking, on November 23, 2018
    • Thank you, I'm very happy with them

      By TARZANTHEJEDI, on December 3, 2018

  • Nicely done, your modifications came out really well.
    By grover959, on November 23, 2018

  • WOW nice chairs. Original thinking and personal innovation for your parents. Chairs seem sturdy and very comfortable. Good job thinking outside the box. 

    By Roundmen, on November 24, 2018
    • Thank you! I hope my parents enjoy them!
      By TARZANTHEJEDI, on December 3, 2018

  • Very nice, I like the design a lot
    By B_Holton, on November 30, 2018
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