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  • How do you download plans?
    By Lebbie, on August 1, 2017
    • Click on the blue hyperlink that says "View Project PDF."
      By Crafty_at_Heart, on October 14, 2018

  • Do you provide a cut list by chance?
    By tbaysden, on August 3, 2017
    • Click on "View Project PDF" above. It has the plans and cut list. 
      By Crafty_at_Heart, on October 14, 2018

  • Can never be too organized! Great build.
    By RYOBI Nation, on August 18, 2017


  • Is there a cut list?
    By samartinez27, on May 3, 2018
    • Hi @samartinez27, click the blue link that says "view project pdf" and page 2 shows cut sizes.
      By RYOBI NATION, on May 3, 2018
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  • AWESOME Job Wendi!!! How fun to be able to play w/ your own set of power tools! Thanks to You & Ryobi for the opportunity to win MY own set!!
    By kweenbee_612_81554, on August 3, 2017
    • Hi and thank you so much! I love the freedom to create practically anything with my Ryobi Power Tools. There's nothing like the feeling of looking at something and thinking I can build that. Best of luck to you on the giveaway!
      By H2OBungalow, on August 3, 2017

  • this is stunning do you mind me asking if your selling it or do you have another one where i can buy it through paypal no joke i love it
    By carol clark, on August 5, 2017
    • Hi Carol! Thank you for such an awesome note, you just made my day! Unfortunately I am not selling this one, our living room needed the solution! If you are not comfortable with your building skills I'd suggest downloading the free plans from here and having someone build the cabinet for you. You could mount the print yourself, it wasn't hard and I'll share a post on the blog next week with details on how we did that step if you need a few pointers. Good luck and thank you again for your sweet note!
      By H2OBungalow, on August 6, 2017
    • Hi Carol thank you so much for your sweet note. Unfortunately, I am not selling this one and am not making any more. Maybe you have someone who can follow these plans for you and build one? Good luck and thanks so much for your visit on my project!
      By H2OBungalow, on August 19, 2017

  • Awesome project. Thanks for sharing your plans.
    By grover959, on August 10, 2017
    • You're welcome! I hope you get to build one, it looks fabulous on the wall...so much better than just the TV alone!
      By H2OBungalow, on August 19, 2017

  • Wow! Clever and beautiful way to disguise a TV!
    By RYOBI Nation, on August 18, 2017
    • Thank you! It looks much better than it used to on the wall.
      By H2OBungalow, on August 19, 2017
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  • Wish I had one of these for my granddaughter!
    By Osprey, on May 26, 2017

  • This looks awesome!
    By Raybeecham, on May 29, 2017

  • Awesome build, time to get the sleeves rolled up and get to work. Thank you for the plans.
    By Saisara, on May 31, 2017

  • I adore this project and this color blue!
    By hzippy, on February 8, 2018
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  • Neat idea!
    By mtaylor729, on April 1, 2017
    • Thank you. It's a fun conversation piece!
      By Addicted 2 DIY, on April 3, 2017
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  • i love your work such great ideas coming from ya i love the backpack you could sell these id buy one id like to win a drill
    By carol clark, on April 5, 2017
    • Thanks, Carol!! What would be even cooler is to cut all the materials and sell the *kit* so that people could assemble it themselves! That would be awesome, right?? Godo luck on winning!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • That is the coolest backpack EVER! I need a new jigsaw. (Mine belonged to my husband's grandfather... it's seen better days.) I hear the plunge tool is cool. Maybe a scroll saw? I can come up with lots of things I "need"!
    By mandyjcasey, on April 5, 2017
    • I've got a scroll saw! I haven't unpacked it yet because I'm in the midst of getting the other side of my garage together. But I've heard they're just like using a sewing machine, only with a blade! :)
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Great backpack. I'm going to try and make one. A router would make my projects a lot easier for me to do. I have a hand saw, drill, and my drill also works as a screw drive. Love all of your projects, look forward to them. I will admit I sometimes do them a little different than you. kickingback now. Judy King-B
    By kickingback now, on April 5, 2017
    • Hey there, Judy! Glad to hear you're pulling together your collection of tools! A router is such a cool tool to own. I had no idea there were so many router bits to do everything imaginable! I'm building my collection of those. And that's good that you do things differently than me! The key is actually DOING something! So I'm happy to hear this! :)
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Such a cute bag and great tutorial! I just purchased my first house and would absolutely looooooove to have a compound miter saw and a pressure washer for the projects on my list. :)
    By NickiJo, on April 5, 2017
    • Hey there, NickiJo! Congrats on buying your first house. The miter saw will come in handy, especially if you decide to hang your own crown molding! Unfortunately, the $300 in tools is only for the power tools. The outdoor tools are a separate department not included in this giveaway. BUT....this spring, I may be doing a giveaway and makeover challenge with them, too, so there's still hope to win that pressure washer at that time! :)
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • I agree; that's the perfect size. The only thing that might make it even cooler is if we could change the fabric out for a different color. ☺ Thanks for pointing out we can substitute a router for a jig saw. I love all my Ryobis- Luckily the 18 v one can use the lithium batteries. I didn't realize they made a pressure washer; that would be great to win. Thank you!
    By Gardenerz, on April 5, 2017
    • Oooh, that would be really cool! In that case, the next one I make will have a piece of fabric riveted, but that piece of fabric will be a small row of fabric with SNAPS attached, and then you can change it out! Thanks for the idea! I have another one cut and will attempt to do that! I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • I love this project. I think this is your best DIY project ever. How heavy is this? It looks like it weighs a good bit...but the cool factor makes it worth it.
    By Kathyhills, on April 5, 2017
    • You know what? It LOOKS heavier than it is. I was worried at first how heavy it would be because the bocote wood is dense. But when putting it on, it's actually not that heavy! I guess the back is very strong. ;)
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Love your blog, you are my idol. I always want it to do my own repairs and dyi around the house. After reading your blog I registered for a women woodworking classes. Now I learning how to use power tools and I love it. I made two stepstool ( i will send you pictures) now everybody i know wants one and I want to make a table but I newd some powers tools. It will be awesome to have my own and I can do my work at home instead of the community place. Love, the backpack great idea and a fun project. Gladys
    By Gladysew61, on April 5, 2017
    • Gladys, your comment leaves a smile on my face! You're the reason I love blogging and inspiring women so much, because you were inspired and then DID something about it! So happy to hear you're learning how to use tools! We have a woodworking class near me and I would have taken it if they classes weren't on the weekends. Hubby works weekends so there's no one to watch the kids for 2 solid days while I take classes. They also have classes on Finishing 101, and I want to check it out and learn some new tips! :) Thanks!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Cool bag and great directions. I have only hand tools, so any power tool would be a major step up. I could really use the One + Ultimate 6 piece kit.
    By Joni CS, on April 5, 2017

  • Love this! Since I prefer things that are a bit different and like backpacks because they leave my hands free, this is a win-win. Since I own very few power tools, I would be like a kid in a candy store if I won! Maybe some kind is saw, maybe a router, maybe maybe maybe.....
    By nita, on April 5, 2017
    • LOL, so many to choose from! I just got a band saw last week, but I haven't unboxed it yet because I have nowhere to set it up yet. Still getting the garage set up. But I hear amazing things about it and how much more control you have when cutting things with shapes and curves!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Very neat idea! I'd definitely use it! I love your blog and your inspirational diy projects! I would be so excited to win a miter saw :)
    By Sashan, on April 5, 2017
    • Good luck, Sashan! Thank you for the compliment!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • YES!! Another great video. Love the way you thought outside the box and created something useful. Using that riveter tool looks hard and fun at the same time. Question: you glued, could you have also used the nail gun? The Ryobi cordless nailer would make me a very happy women. Great video!!
    By user_vauss_172581, on April 6, 2017
    • OMG, the riveter....amazing and difficult at the same time! They're really hard to squeeze together, so at times I have to use the workbench as leverage and push it down that way. I finally had to call in hubby and his huge hands to help! So if you have a man around with big strong hands, have him squeeze it for you! To answer your question, yes, I could have used a nailer, but I didn't want to leave any nail holes. If I were painting it, the nail holes could have easily been filled and painted over and you'd never know. But with stain or leaving it stainless, the nail holes would have been so obvious. Wood glue is stronger than wood, so if left to dry properly, and clamped securely, it will provide a very tough seam.
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • This is great! You are so creative! I could use all sorts of tools. I would like a jigsaw and a small sander. My husband has many tools, but most of them are too big and heavy for me and the projects I do. Thanks so much for sharing your project and for the giveaway!
    By pamijoy, on April 6, 2017
    • Hey there, Pam! Yes, the jigsaw is great! It's one of my favorite, quick, go-to tools when I need to cut something quick or with angles! Good luck in winning!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Omg! This bag is so cute! Might try making one even though I'm still learning ! I love your blog and follow on Instagram! I would love a jig saw , sander , more batteries and the big charger. I love ryobi tools! I would also love the stand for my miter saw !
    By sagirl76, on April 6, 2017
    • Hey there! So glad you like the back! You could totally make this!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • LOVE THIS! It's so easy to put one's own individual spin on it too, from changing sizes, material colors, closures, etc. Brilliant!
    By ed1claudia, on April 6, 2017
    • Yes, you are correct! And for anyone concerned about the weight (which it doesn't weight much at all), you could use 1/2" plywood on the sides instead of the 3/4". Plus, the wood I used is exotic wood (bocote) which is denser. But plywood doesn't weigh as much. And you can paint the sides bright colors! :) So many possibilities! :)
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • I'd love to get my DIY on and actually make this. I need lots of cool new power tools. Nothing would disappoint me ... It'd be a hard decisiot!
    By Dannie17, on April 6, 2017
    • Good luck, Dannie! I would love for you to make it, too. It's a fun project. One of the most fun I've done this year so far! :)
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Good looking bag! Very glad to have found your site. We have a Ryobi circular saw and would love an orbital sander too :o)
    By brwndot, on April 6, 2017
    • Glad you found me, too! :) You will enjoy the sander. Lots of refinishing you can do with it!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Your design is very creative. I can't wait to pin it on Pinterest. BTW I want all the Ryobi tools!
    By sethpinckney, on April 6, 2017
    • Thanks, Seth! Good luck!
      By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • What a fascinating project and a fantastic result! I'm sure you'll get many compliments. But I definitely need some tools: I don't have any saw, could use a sander, maybe a nail gun, and a while back you showed a smallish work station that would be perfect. Not sure of the prices, but any of these tools within the contest limit would get me super excited and help me get a workshop area set up in my garage. Thanks for sharing and giving us an opportunity to win.
    By Teckla, on April 6, 2017

  • very cute! I could see me carrying around a tote version. If I won I'd probably get a planer or a jigsaw.
    By bbbmonce, on April 6, 2017

  • I have never heard of a wood backpack. What a wonderful project. I enjoy reading your blog. Not sure which tool if I won but I love Ryobi. Maybe an orbital sander or shoot this is hard. Must give more thought. LOL
    By Cris P, on April 6, 2017

  • That's an awesome backpack Serena. Looks like we have a winner here. It's absolutely beautiful. It's so different from all of the other backpacks. This one is by far the most original backpack that I've ever seen. Those Ryobi tools get the job done every time. My dad was a carpenter by trade just like Saint Joseph in the Bible. Yes, his name was also Joseph. He loved building things. I bet you that he would have loved to have these Ryobi tools to work with. It would have made life a little easier on him. I love the miter saw but it's probably over my budget. The jig saw looks like it would do the trick. I read where you can cut wood surfaces, thin sheet metal, plastics and laminates. That's my kind of tool.
    By SisterSister, on April 6, 2017

  • Serena, the backpack turned out so nice and I would have never thought of making one out of wood. My current project is cleaning the countless blobs of glue off of my now exposed pine wood ceiling. Found a cheap oscillating corded tool with a blade to see if it will do the trick and it works! However, it would be nice to have the cordless one Ryobi makes (didn't realize they made one until today) so it would be much easier to be on scaffolding or a ladder with your hands above your head and not end up getting tangled up in the cord. Thank you for sharing your projects and encouraging others to challenge themselves to try things they thought they were not capable of doing!
    By tgail, on April 7, 2017

  • Awesome backpack!! I badly want a Ryobi brad nailer and a miter saw
    By monarch64, on April 7, 2017

  • Whew! What a project! I think yours is worth about $185! It was a clever idea, which would be very useful for someone with a laptop or some fancy electronic thingie... talk about protection! There you go, I'd like to win a laptop. No, just kidding... I just realized that I need a serious stapler or nail gun, since I keep doing upholstery stuff, even though I had sworn it off... Great project, Serena!
    By LindaLW666, on April 11, 2017

  • My experience with ryobi tools has been really good, would love to add some more of them for "making cool stuff". Serena from Thrift Diving has a great blog and is the reason I came to the Ryobi website . (I don't know her and she didn't pay me to say that- but I wouldn't turn down any contributions. lol).
    By ed1claudia, on April 11, 2017

  • I'm not a back pack person, especially not a wooden one. LOL But this video is inspirational! Now, I want to make a project tote for my take along embroidery projects! I need some saws to get started, though.
    By Nanette, on April 11, 2017

  • Way to think out of the box for this one! I'm enjoying your blog so far and it's great to have access to cool ideas and stuff like Ryobi nation!' My husband and I just moved into our first home and we are so excited to start doing more major DIY projects. I'm excited to get some finish nail guns and a jig saw to make both a headboard for our new bed and to install board and batten style wainscoting in our dining room!
    By Kayschwab8, on April 12, 2017

  • Such a cool project! You always have interesting ideas and projects. Keep up the great work.
    By marys96596_42687, on April 12, 2017

  • Absolutely amazing. I wish I could make one, but I'd probably end up with a chopped finger, or two. I'm scared of power tools, haha.
    By mar99, on May 1, 2017

  • I just love your projects and I love this backpack I would love to win a new jigsaw. Currently making the window covering with the frame in the material for my master bedroom now I need to try to make this thanks for all that you do
    By LbuersLodi, on May 1, 2017

  • So very clever and functional!
    By WhoaFlicka, on May 1, 2017

  • This is one of the nicest things I've seen! I'll try it!! Thanks Serena for all you do!!
    By mtaylor729, on May 1, 2017
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  • This is so cool. I think I need to make this and put in my spare bedroom! THANK YOU!!
    By rchampine, on January 12, 2017

  • What are the measurements of the two triangles? I really like this set up and looks great! Thanks
    By mickey66, on March 14, 2017

  • That is awesome, love how compact and versatile it is

    By TARZANTHEJEDI, on May 17, 2018
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