Ana White



  • Ana and Jacob - I love this project! Curt has been looking for a build for my tools over at Hello I Live Here - Totally building and voting for your project! extremely useable
    By Hello I Live Here, on February 16, 2016

  • Thanks Ana for another great project!
    By Jeff Projects, on February 17, 2016

  • Great idea. I really like the versatility of your project.
    By gaga, on February 18, 2016

  • I love the flexibility! Got my vote
    By Gumball14, on February 18, 2016

  • Ana & Jacob, This is a great build! I've been looking for a way to store my tablesaw, planer and other small tool, but still have them easy to get at... This gets my vote and I may have just found my next project! Thanks.
    By mimeyer11, on February 19, 2016

  • Nice project and looks like a fun build.
    By budah2025, on February 19, 2016

  • Fantastic design and perfect for my small basement shop. You got my vote. Thanks.
    By Fred58, on February 27, 2016

  • Love all things Ana White
    By Old carol, on February 27, 2016

  • As always, you two are creative power house. Got my vote for simplicity, durability, space saver and of course design. Thank you for the plan. Revital
    By Tali, on March 2, 2016

  • This will be the first project built in our first house. Amazing.
    By Kamar, on March 10, 2016

  • Love this design, you killed it. I will be building this as soon as my wife has her yard sale and I can get my garage back
    By Christian67, on March 20, 2016

  • Looks like a nice design. Am I missing something, or on the 12th step so to say have the plywood on the wrong side?
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 20, 2016

  • HI Ana, Thank you for this project. I am in the process of redoing my stained glass students work area and my wood working area. I plan to build your workstation but have one question. On the specs it says to use 2" staples. I have the Ryobi 18 ga crown stapler but it only takes up to 1 1/2" staples. Will the 1 1/2" be good enough?
    By elf, on March 20, 2016
    • Hi Elf I had the exact same question about staples lengths as you. What did you end up doing? Following Ana's advice in the comments and using bigger screws for attaching 1-1/2" thick material? Thanks Caleb
      By calebsandfort, on September 17, 2017

  • Awesome. Just what I needed to help organize my confined space. I'm still looking for some highly effective mitersaw dust collection for a stationary 12 inch saw. I've built some event hoods and modified the saw dust collection port. I do have an efficient dust collection system already & the added covenience of a great Ridgid shop vac & cyclone. If you guys have a suggestion, I'm all ears. I would like to incorporate something with your well thought out design here. It would take it up a notch for me. Keep at it folks. Love seeing your ideas! Thanks again! Mitch
    By cetaco, on March 21, 2016

  • Thanks everyone for all the nice comments! So glad you like this plan! Brimac - You can use 1-1/2" staples as long as you are attaching 3/4" material to something, but if you are attaching 1-1/2" thick material, will need to go up to bigger screws. Sorry for the confusion there. cetaco - we left the space under the mitersaw for a vacuum to attach to the saw. That will help out quite a bit. We have a hood on our saw at home that we built and honestly it doesn't do a whole lot of improvement over just the vac setup. Having the vac under the saw is nice because it's easy to disconnect and clean up the area too. Let me know if you come up with a good solution for the fine dust though! m3rdpwr_1148 - here's the plan download with the step instructions
    By Ana White, on March 21, 2016

  • Thanks. 6 sheets of plywood for this project. I don't think I even have the time to pick up 6 sheets, let alone the time to build it! Some day...
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 22, 2016

  • I totally need this in my life!
    By Angiover, on April 6, 2016

  • it would be awesome if it was a full portable rolling work station. Im going to be making it in an enclosed trailer and want to be able to roll it on and off, gonna see what i come up with and might even build a built in sliding compartment on the back for a thick peice of plywood to be able to roll each peice into a house..... really love your idea, keep up the awesome work and cant wait to see future projects. Got my vote!!
    By Joe_Of_All_Trades_242, on July 24, 2017

  • Hi Ana. Great project and about to start up this next week. I see on the xtra cart with the table saw, you cut fence guides into the plywood counter top right? How did you do that? Plus does the shelf the table saw sits on pull out and drop to allow the saw to drop down? Since the top of the table saw sits just above the cart top in the photo, I am assuming it will not fit under the main bench top correct? Thank you and cant't wait to get started.
    By DrG, on November 6, 2017

  • Nice work! I have a plan very similar to this on paper right now, but this is so much nicer to see it already done! Will use some of your plans instead, sure they make for a better bench!
    By Txgent10, on November 17, 2017

  • Nice work! I have a plan very similar to this on paper right now, but this is so much nicer to see it already done! Will use some of your plans instead, sure they make for a better bench!
    By Txgent10, on November 17, 2017

  • I built this a few months ago and, overall, I like it. But, as I try to reduce the dust from the miter saw (and who doesn't), the open miter stand doesn't help. I've purchased a hood for the miter dust and have attached it to dust port, which reduces the dust significantly, but dust still coats whatever is on the carts' shelves that face the miter stand. I'll be modifying mine by closing the spaces at the bottom of the miter saw stand, which should help. Overall, I still like it and greatly appreciate Ana's creativity. 

    By user_bailey_1673437, on November 23, 2020
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  • Hi! Looks amazing. Question: Can I use the same wood for all the pieces, and distinct it by painting it differently? Will it work?
    By Avi Tsadok, on November 10, 2015

  • Super cute! This is exactly what I was thinking I needed this year for my cards. Thanks!
    By MrsMike97, on November 14, 2015

  • That is stunning.
    By ScaryCheri, on November 19, 2015

  • I've searched everywhere and can't find the cut list or exactly how many ceder fence boards and furring strips to buy? I see the materials list but nothing mentioned about the lumber
    By judyt200, on November 21, 2015
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  • I LOVE this snowflake design - the monogram makes it extra special. Also enjoyed watching the video on the RYOBI Holiday Headquarters site. Thanks!
    By karen_atlanta, on November 12, 2015

  • question, homedepot had the (fan, radio and workshop light) as a combo. How can I get that combo? In the near future can I make a combo set myself and buy it from here? Darryl (
    By banksd33, on December 22, 2015

  • Ana,
    My wife always wants me to do a holiday project every year and I love the monogrammed snowflake.  I really like the style of the monogram & my initial is R.  Want font did you use or where did you get the monogram template.

    By user_regimenti_1685674, on December 15, 2020

  • Where do you find the monogram template? I love this idea, but have no idea where to find the letters. 
    By kyle.walton09, on December 15, 2020

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  • Hi Ana! Love this sectional. We are going to make it and sew our own cushions. What size are your back cushions? Trying to figure out the ideal height of the back cushions. Was thinking maybe 15" high. What do you think would be ideal?
    By stabuks, on June 8, 2015

  • nice job. enjoy your sectional
    By maga, on June 29, 2015

  • nice job. enjoy your sectional
    By maga, on June 29, 2015

  • Where did you find the cushions?
    By clcoup, on June 29, 2015

  • After building this project, I've noticed the following points: There is one piece of wood missing from the cut list. I had a couple of extra 2x4's so wasn't that put out by it, but others may be affected. This plan is designed to coordinate with the Outdoor Sofa, but the plans are subtly different - the Outdoor Sofa does not have the back supports included (the wood that is placed on edge under the two arm rests and back), so if building both pieces, you'll want to allow for the extra stock necessary to include those three extra pieces. In order to build both pieces, I purchased thirty 8' 2x4's, knowing that I would have lots of offcuts remaining. I intend to use these offcuts to build a coffee table/footrest that will accommodate the last seat cushion (since I purchased seven 2pc cushions to fill in all the sections of back rest), and also frame a water table for my child. I purchased these:
    By woodchip, on July 2, 2015

  • It looks very nice but what would make it better is if all exposed edges were rounded over with a router and the back had an angle to it. Yours looks nice and comfortable.
    By Newbiewoodman, on September 9, 2015

  • Where did you get your cushions from?
    By Jnmartin, on April 25, 2016

  • How many 2x4's are needed to purchase for both pieces, the couch and sectional part?
    By Warden5, on April 27, 2016

  • Will you please email me a copy of the sectional sofa plans. the measurements are not clear on the diagrams
    By mwtrdh, on April 28, 2016
    • or can you attach a link so that i can print it?
      By mwtrdh, on April 28, 2016

  • How many 2x4 are needed for both projects?
    By Slim Pickens, on May 28, 2016

  • How many 2x4's are needed to do both sofas? And are there plans for the other sofa? Please help!!!
    By Doubleh, on June 1, 2016

  • Hi I never worked with imperial measure... can you make it with metric measures? great job great project of yours congrats...i love it
    By fraque, on June 2, 2016

  • Do you recommend pre drilling a "guiding holes" for the screws, or can i skip it when using these type of screws you menttiom (exterior decking screws) Thanks!
    By gold76, on July 3, 2016

  • that was a waste of paper and ink will not let me print
    By luckydoglj_126876, on September 22, 2016

  • Do you recommend predrilling guide holes or simply use these deck screws straight?
    By gold76, on April 3, 2017

  • It is not allowing me to print out all the steps. Can you send me a link with all of the steps?
    By kmangrich, on June 2, 2017

  • Great project, I'm in the process of building one :) There's on piece missing from the list. It is (1) 2*4 @ 28"
    By salkhudri, on June 18, 2017

  • Unable to see the page or the plans. Is there a way to fix this? I'm very interested in trying to make this amazing sectional.
    By kioko_1992, on February 11, 2018
    • To the right of the picture above click on the link to the outdoor couch
      By gsnpbc, on May 29, 2018

  • How do you prevent it from rotting, termite... and other damages might be caused by weather and bugs since it stays outside? 
    By Kevin-Nguyen, on June 1, 2018

  • You can make this entire project using 2x4x8 if you make it exactly 2 inches smaller from front to back, which only makes 2 differences in cuts, instead of 25 1/2 they become 23 1/2, and instead of 28 1/2, they become 26 1/2, everything else remains the same, but you can use exclusively 2x4x8's with a total quantity of (21) 8 footers!  Cuts the cost nearly in half and allows for more choices for straighter and more perfect boards. In case this helps anyone! 
    By smkirk8588, on June 24, 2018

  • Ana,
    My 5 years old daughter is a great fan of yours. Thanks for inspiring her and everyone.

    Love and respect from Tampa, FL.
    By Rakesh Kumar Gupta, on May 11, 2019
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  • Great tutorial Ana! I'm needing to do this for an entertainment center and I got some great ideas for the drawers from your project. Thanks! - Pete
    By DIY PETE, on May 2, 2015

  • Thanks Anna, this is really helpful. Will probably use it in my kitchen.
    By dksheldon, on May 8, 2015

  • well I did this a few years ago, my wife really love's it. I got my slide's very cheap at I also made a pull out draw for her spice's. using my Ryobi tools it was so easy to do
    By silverdollar89, on May 30, 2015

  • Can't wait to do this project!!
    By kdiliberto, on June 4, 2015

  • Ana I have done something similar to a portable island in my kitchen. You did a fantastic job. your projects are very economical and give the high end results C
    By maga, on June 29, 2015

  • Oh my goodness, I can't wait to do this!
    By cnoher0, on December 18, 2017

  • Ana, you are a life saver! Saved a ton with this easy to do project reusing original shelf! Thank you!
    By TeresaCA, on April 18, 2020
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  • This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks so much Anna White.
    By Betsyj59, on April 13, 2015

  • its GREAT for small space but got whst u neef
    By MISSDEE, on April 28, 2015

  • Made this as part of my wife's mother's day gift. Sanded all the corners and added a nice stain. Came out beautiful. Thank you.
    By rudyalvarado7, on May 13, 2015

  • Отлично!!!!!!!!!!
    By Vladimir, on August 23, 2015

  • on my 2Do list now ... tysm
    By uWishuCould, on October 5, 2015

  • Starting this build next week, I am making it as a christmas gift for my Mother whom loves gardening. I am thinking maybe using Cedar? Any recommendations as it will be kept outdoors all the time.
    By Mike Mercer, on November 15, 2015

  • I am assuming all these measurements are in inches?
    By Mike Mercer, on November 19, 2015

  • It looks like the tool bench my dad built for me when I was 4. Except the back has pegboard and the bottom shelf has plywood on the bottom of the 2*4's so it makes a scrap wood storage shelf with the 2*4 lip around it. I still have it if you want a photo. (I am 11 now) We have the same initials Anna. A&W like the rootbeer. I have an A&W shirt for that reason. (I don't really like the rootbeer, but fun to have a shirt with my initials on it.
    By Tech-nic-Allie, on December 4, 2016

  • Thanks for the plans Ana.
    By rick.norris, on August 7, 2017

  • Where can I get the plans for this item?
    By sthorne1221, on February 14, 2018
    • I found the step-by-step instructions. However, there apparently is no way to print it out, am I correct?
      By sthorne1221, on February 14, 2018
    • Correct, it is not a downloadable file but can be viewed from the screen. However, if you have a MacBook you could always take a screenshot of the instructions and print that screenshot picture.
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 14, 2018

  • I know this video is 3 years old, but is there a reason why there is no audio? I tested to see if earphones weren't working, but that is not the case and my volume is up to max level.
    By Janaseven7, on April 1, 2018
    • Nevermind, I fou d the video and watch directly on youtube instead of on the ryobi website.
      By Janaseven7, on April 1, 2018
    • Sorry you had trouble and glad you found the solution!
      By RYOBI NATION, on April 13, 2018

  • My son is building this potting bench for me. Id like to know where i can get hooks like the ones in the project. 
    By Wongnmbr, on April 22, 2018

  • was a fun first project for me!
    By dmtuck55, on April 27, 2018

  • Where can you get the measurements for this project? 

    By OverboardHud, on May 7, 2018

  • This was a great one day project! Thanks Anna.
    By Phishlips81, on May 12, 2018

  • This bench turned out great.  I modified the dimensions slightly to fit on my deck.  It is 33" wide x ~18" deep.  It doubles as the platform for my bird feeders.  Is there a way to post pictures?  Thank you Ana White.
    By edspyhill09, on July 1, 2018 (edited)
    • You can upload a new project showing how yours turned out! We would love to see!
      By RYOBI NATION, on July 17, 2018

  • Where do you find the cut list and all the other information on how to do this. Can;t find it anyhere.  let me know
    By Penquin17742, on January 25, 2020

  • I made this potting bench for my wife and gave it to her as a gift for Valentine's she loved it. Plus I also made two short stools so she can sit on while in the garden.
    By The Texan palletteer , on February 14, 2020

  • Thanks for the details on how to. very very helpful

    By soutrnatl_17150, on May 21, 2020
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  • This is great! I just saw a preview commercial for the new HGTV Smart Home 2015, which premiers later this month, and they showed a mirror just like this from Ethan Allen (I assume - that's where they say their furnishings came from.) As soon as I saw the commercial, I knew I would be duplicating the design. We are downsizing, having a smaller house built, & I am looking for ways to expand the space & bounce more light around. This is just the ticket. Another wonderful project from the talented Anna White. Thanks again!
    By ladams1221, on April 11, 2015

  • It was a super fun project and it makes my living room seem double the size!
    By zoeormsby, on April 14, 2015

  • I love this mirror, and I really want to make it! The other tutorials I have seen say to use plywood for the back, gluing the mirrors to plywood instead of the frame strips. I like how much lighter it will be without the plywood and the frame instead. It says you can make this mirror any size - even as large as a piece of plywood. If you were to make it larger, say 5x6 mirrors instead of 3x4 mirrors, would you still use the same board sizes to create you frame? Will it be sufficient to hold the weight of additional mirrors?
    By lindseycarlton, on August 18, 2017

  • I made this and I've had so many friends and family complement and tell me it's beautifully. If you decide to make this just remember that the mirrors are NOT 12" squares. I learned this the hard way and had to do a lot of sanding to get the larger then 12" mirrors to go into the 12" x 12" frame space.
    By janisbilbrey_121565, on February 9, 2018
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