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Ana White

Member Since: 02/2014

Hi there, it's me, Ana White! I am a mother and homemaker from Alaska. I like to build things, especially things made of wood. At first, I hand drew out my plans, as I was clueless about 3D programs. Eventually, I downloaded Google Sketchup and learned the program so I could create better diagrams for my readers. Blogging has become so much more than just a means of sharing my plans with others. I've made dear, dear friends, I've been inspired, and my readers have challenged me to build things that even I though not possible. I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to do what I love for a living.

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    • I've told Tom already! You guys did an awesome job on the Dream Shop! I actually took the idea of having things on wheels and keeping them the same height. Obviously, my room is a lot smaller, but the idea is what made it work! Great job!
      By MommasAryobiToolJunkie, on February 7, 2018
      • That's great to hear, @MommasAryobiToolJunkie!
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 8, 2018

    • Where can I find the plans for all these ideas? Thank you
      By TroyFowler, on February 11, 2018
      • @TroyFowler you should be able to click the link above that says "view Project PDF" or visit the Dream Workshop website here: https://www.ryobitools.com/nation/dreamworkshop
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 12, 2018
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    • Quick question- how do you deal with the saw dust from underneath the saw?
      By jkealey, on February 8, 2018
      • We have various vacuum products that work great in the shop for both sawdust and even larger debris.You can check them out on the RYOBI website here: https://www.ryobitools.com/power-tools/products/list/category/vacuums
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018
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    • I absolutely love this lazy Susan idea. I have a small work area, but this will definitely maximize my efficiency. Thank you Mrs. White
      By jester5042, on February 10, 2018
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    • Hi Ana, Greetings from Montreal, Canada! Great project! I was taking a look at the shelves and was wondering... is the left part really 8 feet long? If both your carts are 40 inches long and you add both 2x4 (7 inches total), I come up with 87 inches total... There is a difference of 9 inches. I want to know because my garage wall is a bit small for a 16 feet unit and it would actually be a good thing if it was smaller than what is written on the plan! Can you detail the dimensions of the whole unit so I can check if it fits my space? Thank you so much!
      By Ian Charette-Brousseau, on January 8, 2018
      • Hi Ian! Glad you're a fan of this project! If you haven't already, check out the blue "View Project PDF" link above that gives more details that may be helpful. The total dimensions of this project are: 192 x 24 x 84
        By RYOBI NATION, on January 9, 2018
      • There is no PDF link for this project! Can this be added or emailed. Interested in constructing this, but would like the detail information in the PDF. Thank you
        By eringale, on February 21, 2018
      • You can view more of the steps under when you click the "Project Steps" tab under the video!
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 21, 2018

    • Hi, I just completed the project. Although mine is not for a shop but rather for storage. It will be for a shop once I convince my wife to get rid of everything. One note on the plans: the materials page says 3/8 plywood is used (which I purchased) and in the steps it says 1/2 inch plywood was used for the shelves. I wish I would have read through the plans first as 3/8 inch plywood is pretty flimsy but functional for light items. Overall, great plans so thanks for sharing! Chris
      By Chris Tab, on January 16, 2018

    • Where are the pdf plans I can download for these shelves? Thanks!
      By mshuntinglady, on March 27, 2018
      • There is no pdf for this one. Just "project steps" that you can click through, as well as videos that walk you through it.
        By RYOBI NATION, on April 18, 2018

    • I can't find the .pdf for the Built-in shelves.  Where is it?
      By cayoder, on April 15, 2018
      • Hi cayoder! There is no pdf for this one. Just "project steps" that you can click through, as well as videos that walk you through it.
        By RYOBI NATION, on April 18, 2018

    • Am I missing something? 12 2x4s seems a little short for the project. Was gonna hit HD tomorrow, but I guess I’m glad I double checked the math. 
      By DescentFormula, on April 29, 2018
      • Hi @DescentFormula It has been updated to 20 2x4s. Thanks for asking.
        By RYOBI NATION, on May 14, 2018

    • Thanks for the guide. I'm going to be attaching this to a cinder block garage wall, will I need different screws to hold the wood to the wall?

      Thanks
      By hurricanedj, on May 9, 2018
      • Hi @hurricanedj we reccommend using tapcon concrete screws. You may consider using a hammer drill and drilling pilot holes first. 
        By RYOBI NATION, on May 11, 2018
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    • I like the whole setup that you have. Just moved into our house and have a 20x20 garage and was wondering how I was going to set it up. Now I know. Thanks.
      By Marden64, on January 14, 2018

    • Could someone post the dimensions of the in/out feed cart and the miter saw cart? Are they both 48" wide?
      By potomacbuilder, on May 1, 2018
      • Hi @potomacbuilder! The in-feed-out-feed cart dimensions are 36 x 24 x 40. The miter saw cart dimensions are 36 x 24 x 48. Hope this is helpful! 
        By RYOBI NATION, on May 1, 2018
      • thanks. In the video though the in/out cart is definitely wider than the miter saw cart. Optical illusion??
        By potomacbuilder, on May 1, 2018

    • Hi, I started building this today.  I assembled the outer frame and it is not overly sturdy.  I did it with 16 1-1/4" course thread pocket hole screws in the location from the plans.  Before I invest too much more time and money I was hoping to find out if this is expected?  Will adding the interior pieces and the 1/4" plywood to the back truly make this fully stable?  I planned on building the Miter saw cart next, but I would not put a miter saw on this one as it is now.

      Thanks
      By toolsinga, on July 1, 2018
      • Hi! We did not have issues at all with it being sturdy. Did you go ahead and add the other interior pieces? That should make it more sturdy. 
        By RYOBI NATION, on July 17, 2018
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    • How much did this cost??
      By Tracy relyea, on January 19, 2018

    • I love your work. I was wondering, can you elaborate on how to attach the middle shelf? For instance what do you mean by toenail?
      By CraftyFiddler, on June 7, 2018
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    • Awesome project Ana. Thanks for being so detailed! Can't wait to see what you roll out next.
      By RYOBI NATION, on December 11, 2017
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    • Seem's your top piece would be 17, 3/4 to allow for overhang, unless you put strips along top for overhang. Can you clarify please? Thanks!
      By rabbottfl, on December 19, 2017

    • Gorgeous 😍😍
      By Kosasin, on June 4, 2018
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    • If you are building a horizontal closet, make sure you build small enough to fit through the closet opening without damaging drywall. Our closet opening is 5 feet wide, and the closet interior was 6 feet wide, so I built this closet in the middle - just under 5-1/2 feet wide and it fit in easily. Do measure and double check. Good luck building and please share, it's a big deal seeing your amazing projects! XO Ana
      By Ana White, on October 18, 2017
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    • Would love an explanation on the leg cuts: "2 – 2x3 @ 72” (can also use 1x3 or 2x4 if 2x3s cannot be sourced) – both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends are parallel" and then Step 4: Top Ends of Legs Use a square to mark back top edges of legs perpendicular to top 10 degree cut, so 6” is cut off at back side. Cut with circular saw Completely baffled by these cuts. Thanks Mike
      By msutherland29, on October 25, 2016

    • Hi Mike, sorry for the confusion. First, set your miter saw to 10 degrees off square. Then cut the 2x3s so both ends are cut at 10 degrees off square, the ends are parallel, and the length is 72" from the long point to short point, following one edge of the 2x3. Then use a speed square to mark the back where the shelf will sit against the wall square to the top as done in step 1 of this plan http://www.ana-white.com/2015/08/free_plans/leaning-ladder-wall-bookshelf Hope this makes sense.
      By Ana White, on October 25, 2016

    • 2 questions..... 1. Why is that last cut 6 1/4" when all the rest are to the inch 2. Are the feet cut on an angle to sit flush on the floor?
      By Jpurdie, on February 10, 2017

    • Hi, sorry for any confusion. The 6-1/4" comes from 5-1/2" wide 1x6 plus 3/4" to equal 6-1/4" The other cuts are even numbers because the board widths for 1x10 and 1x8 are 9-1/4" and 7-1/4" wide. Yes the bottom legs are cut at an angle to sit flat on floor.
      By Ana White, on February 10, 2017

    • If I don't have brad nailer, will I be able to do this with a good old hammer and nails?
      By sgcolligon, on June 30, 2017

    • I have a narrow space behind my toilet. This would work perfect, but I need to adjust it to fit 21inches wide total. Could you help me figure this out. Thanks :)
      By MED, on August 10, 2017

    • Good evening, I am using this plan to add some much needed storage to a bathroom and the 10-degree cuts do not seem to make sense for both the top and bottom. If I cut the bottom at 10-degrees off square, my measurement at 72" (starting 6" from the top) would be at 21.5-degrees off square. Unless I am looking at this incorrectly. I am also using Google Sketchup to visualize my build based on the instructions before I begin. Thank you.
      By JWest82, on March 14, 2018
      • Nevermind... looks like my angles somehow were messed up...
        By JWest82, on March 14, 2018
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    • Where are the measurements for the cuts?
      By aubriee, on June 3, 2016

    • Also where did you get the fabulous cushions for the sectional? Love them!
      By aubriee, on June 3, 2016
      • Did anyone ever answer this question?
        By angalexava, on February 16, 2017

    • Thanks for adding the download with the measurements.
      By aubriee, on June 4, 2016
      • I can't find the measurements. Where did you find them?
        By Nancybo, on June 4, 2016

    • I'm soooo looking forward to my first build. Thanks for making this so easy. For those of you looking for the measurements up at the top is a link. Right Below "Outdoor Coffee Table" is the link.
      By crozzby, on June 21, 2016

    • There is a link to the plans with measurements above the Steps section. Love this project!
      By _Stephanie_, on June 24, 2016

    • Why would you stain before making your cuts!?!?!?! Now you have to get the stain out again!
      By Spookypook, on June 26, 2016

    • Hi, Where are the cushions from? Love them!!!!
      By angalexava, on February 16, 2017
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    • 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 17, 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 19, 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 20, 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 http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/ana%20white%20workbench%20ryobi%20benchtop%20tool%20update.pdf
      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
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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 18, 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 (darryl.banks33@gmail.com)
      By banksd33, on December 22, 2015
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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 28, 2015

    • nice job. enjoy your sectional
      By maga, on June 28, 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: http://www.lowes.ca/outdoor-cushions/garden-treasures-blue-flame-stitch-2-piece-deep-seating-patio-chair-cushion_g2384797.html
      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 21, 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 May 31, 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
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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 1, 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 CSH.com 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 29, 2015

    • Can't wait to do this project!!
      By kdiliberto, on June 3, 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 28, 2015

    • Oh my goodness, I can't wait to do this!
      By cnoher0, on December 18, 2017
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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 14, 2015

    • I am assuming all these measurements are in inches?
      By Mike Mercer, on November 18, 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 Househusband, on August 7, 2017

    • Where can I get the plans for this item?
      By sthorne1221, on February 13, 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 13, 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 March 31, 2018
      • Nevermind, I fou d the video and watch directly on youtube instead of on the ryobi website.
        By Janaseven7, on March 31, 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 11, 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
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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 17, 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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    • The project was simple, but running off 14 pages of instructions, of which 7 were a waste of paper and ink, makes me wonder if it is worth printing any more project plans from this site.
      By rnealhall_87311, on January 18, 2015

    • Really? Why not tell your printer to print one page at a time and then you don't have to print the "useless" pages. You must be a man! Bahahaha!
      By AShanks, on February 29, 2016

    • P.S. This is an awesome plan and I will be printing off the supply list and going to the store today and it will be on my garage wall by tomorrow night!
      By AShanks, on February 29, 2016
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    • I absolutely love this project and can't wait to make one, thanks for the amazing project plans :)
      By SoCraftySewCreative, on November 19, 2014

    • You do beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.
      By PennyD, on January 7, 2015

    • Looks like a good straight forward woodworking project
      By GySgt Bob, on January 16, 2015
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    • This is fantastic. I've always wanted a faux fireplace. And the storage is ingenious'.'.'.'.'.
      By Hometowngirl, on October 28, 2014

    • Thank you!!!
      By Ana White, on November 4, 2014

    • Note to readers: When I checked Ana's site I saw that the photograph of the finished project has a crown molding but the sketches do not (or at least, not as far as I could see). It would not be hard to figure out what to do but once I registered on Ryobi I was able to see exactly what she did and got the plans for the build as well. Looks good and I look forward to building a couple of them. B
      By HelpAroundtheHouse, on November 6, 2014

    • Forgot to mention: If you build this project with plywood, I would suggest using either edge-banding or 1/4"x3/4" edging strips (is that the right name for them???) made of hardwood. Of course, if you do the latter, make sure to shorten the plywood by that 1/4". By doing this, it is more work, but the plywood edges do not show (they can be unattractive) plus the plywood will be less susceptible to warping than solid wood. I am no professional woodworker - only a hobbyist - so feel free to disagree :) B
      By HelpAroundtheHouse, on November 6, 2014

    • How could I make this safe to burn candles in? Or not a good idea at all?
      By WoodTinker, on November 9, 2014

    • Thanks for the blueprints. I just finished building one today. Only one nitpick. On the cut list you list the center divider as 1x12 @ 32-1/2" but in the diagram it is 31-1/2". If someone doesn't look at the diagram before they do all their cuts, they are going to have an extra inch. lol
      By joescornhole_52170, on November 13, 2014

    • Hi Ana, great idea. I have been looking for a plan like this but with an electric fireplace in it. Do you think it could be possible to insert one in?? And would you have to add extra supports, to compensate for weight of electric fireplace. I would really like to make this it will be great in my living room. Keep up with the great ideas.
      By MARY, on November 16, 2014

    • This looks great! Do you think any adjustments would be needed if you wanted a stone top for the mantel?
      By Row House Reno, on November 19, 2014

    • It also doesn't look like you mentioned that the middle door needs a piece of wood attached to the main structure to stop it from closing into its own opening. The video shows that you added this piece of wood, but the plans don't include it.
      By Jig, on December 1, 2014

    • .. also, the back paneling measurements in the cut list don't match the diagram. Basically if someone followed the cut list and the diagram, they would have a hard time building this, because there are alot of incinsistencies. It should really be updated if it's expected that a novice could use this.
      By Jig, on December 1, 2014

    • I meant *inconsistencies (Ryobi's awesome forum system doesn't allow post management -_- )
      By Jig, on December 1, 2014

    • Thanks, joescornhole_52170, for the heads up on the measurement discrepancy. The cut list will be updated.
      By RYOBI_ROCKS, on December 11, 2014

    • I would also wanted to build this and have an electric fireplace insert during winter and take out during the warmer seasons.
      By grngrl, on December 27, 2014

    • I LOVE this! I wish someone close by could build this for me!! Any takers in Los Angeles county?? :)
      By bklyn4evr818, on January 6, 2015

    • This is a great idea. I might make me one of these
      By bobrn39, on January 10, 2015

    • Love this. How do I attach it to my wall as I intend to put my TV on top of it.
      By ChrisT13, on February 4, 2015

    • I love this and want one sooooooo bad. Is there anyone who lives near Florence,ky that would know what their doing that can team up and help me do this !!!
      By Debbieshopper38, on February 4, 2015

    • What would I need to do, if anything, so I could add an electric fireplace insert? I love this.
      By Char1960, on January 14, 2018

    • How do you download the blueprints it will not let me click on the link
      By RayeRaye27, on February 8, 2018
      • The blueprints should be working now, @RayeRaye27. Thank you for notifying us!
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018
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    • Ana's blueprint link states: "The resource could not be found."
      By linda7, on August 11, 2014

    • If you click the link for the blueprint, you get a broken link. Until Ryobi Nation fixes the link, you can just backspace over the last four characters in the link (.pdf) and then hit enter and that will take you to the blueprint, which is in pdf format. Here's the link: http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/Bookshelf%20Video%20Project%20Ana%20White%20%282%29.pdf.pdf Just go to the end of the link and backspace over the last four characters (.pdf) and you will get a working link. I
      By sonyahemphil, on August 12, 2014

    • Resource could not be found. Link doesn't work
      By saw1947_74177, on August 12, 2014

    • Love this Modern bookshelf. It will look great in my mid century redesign, living room or dinning area.
      By LisaYvette, on November 19, 2014
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    • What size cushions will fit this couch? The cushions in the image seem be be of different sizes. Thank you.
      By MrsAjj, on July 9, 2014
      • You can use 24 x 24 inch cushions for the bottom or 25 x 25" (which will be just a smidge big, according to what Ana White said on one of her videos).
        By sueme210, on April 6, 2017

    • The images are broken and there is no download. I'd like to make two of these for my patio. Please advise
      By DIY_Diva, on July 10, 2014
      • @DIY_Diva we have fixed the links. Thanks for letting us know!
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018
      • The Images and the downloadable blue prints are still missing
        By ahmed-omran2018, on March 13, 2018
      • @ahmed-omran2018 did you try clicking on the hyperlink that says "click here". It's working on our end so you may want to try a different internet browser.
        By RYOBI NATION, on March 14, 2018

    • What size are the cushions and where can we get them
      By Bob Rutkowski, on July 18, 2014

    • Hi! The cushions I designed this sofa to fit are theses: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Beverly-Beige-Replacement-3-Piece-Outdoor-Corner-Chair-Cushion-Set-89-22303/203790032?MERCH=REC-_-product-1-_-203790030-_-203790032-_-N and these: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Beverly-Beige-Replacement-2-Piece-Outdoor-Chair-Cushion-Set-89-22301/203790030?MERCH=REC-_-PIPHorizontal1-1-_-NA-_-203790030-_-N Thanks, Ana
      By Ana White, on July 18, 2014

    • @MrsAjj - The cushion size depends on how large you decide to build your couch so measure yours to be sure. We used cushions like this from Home Depot for ours: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Woodbury-Textured-Sand-Replacement-Outdoor-Sofa-Cushion-JY9127-S-CUSH/204378799.
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 18, 2014

    • @DIY_Diva - We only have a finished image for this project. The video has all the step by step instructions. I hope this helps.
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 18, 2014

    • Finished product looks great. A two and a half minute video is not a downloadable plan. Too bad you guys don't have a step by step like Ana has for all her other plans on her site!!
      By bhoppy1975_126012, on July 18, 2014

    • step by step is some one else doing the thinking for you. we should be able to take a picture with the size of all parts and do great. What good is it to me if some one else does all the work, then I've learned nothing.
      By budcarter43_130479, on July 19, 2014

    • Hi, Ana. I hope you feature this design on your website with the sketchup illustrations. Those step-by-step instructions are much clearer than the text-only procedure written here. S.
      By sonyahemphil, on July 19, 2014

    • I cannot see any pictures or how to download this project...would love the plans and instructions with photos?
      By dutchgal, on July 19, 2014

    • Can't wait to make this.
      By Tammyz, on July 20, 2014

    • MATERIALS USED: is a list of all the parts, a video to view over and over, and step by step instructions. All we need now is some one to say over and over " look what I made"
      By budcarter43_130479, on July 20, 2014

    • Hello everyone - the plans for Ana's Outdoor Couch are now downloadable in Step 1 of the How-To (just make sure you are logged in to RYOBI Nation to view!)
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 22, 2014

    • We can so do this, can't wait to make ours :)
      By macsdals, on July 24, 2014

    • I made a version of this today and I am very happy with the finished product. Thanks for the plans!!
      By GalloCita, on July 27, 2014


    • Love this idea I'm going to have to do this
      By samhain75, on August 26, 2014


    • Since this is an outdoor couch, do you have instructions on how to weatherproof the wood?
      By Hometowngirl, on October 28, 2014

    • I can't wait until I can make this for our deck! Couches and other patio furniture is so expensive and made cheaply!
      By Weird, on January 27, 2015

    • Time to measure out a matching side chair or two! Excited. It is my next project after planting season is over!
      By lynn0759, on February 2, 2015

    • Cannot wait to make this. And to use this plan to measure out for a chair or two
      By melissa.purvis_126052, on March 2, 2015

    • hi this is very nice
      By deepak, on March 11, 2015

    • This is very nice. I would like to make this couch without arms, yet have slats in the back any suggestions?
      By mzgee43, on May 14, 2015

    • Have you pre drilled guide holes before each screw? Do you recommend doing such, or can i pass on this?
      By Rudwwood, on March 28, 2016

    • Made 2 of these the other day. Took me about 5 1/2 hours from start to finish (for both). That's for 1 person doing everything on the ground. These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Everybody loves them. Now we just have to finish (protect) them, and make some cushions for them. I added 1 more 2x4 to the back, just under the top rail. May add 1 (either 2x2 or 2x4) along the seat to keep the cushions from going out the back. Thanks Ana.
      By magoogle, on April 8, 2016

    • Built it! Love it! Can you share any info on the cushions that fit best with it?!
      By Kmm4, on May 30, 2016
      • Kmm4 - Did you find cushions? Just finished the frame and trying to find cushions. :)
        By karlah, on July 9, 2016
      • Karlah, they were so expensive! Hah, the cushions would have cost just as much as a brand new seat with cushions, kind of frustrating. But it looks cute and homemade so oh well. We used the cheapest we could find from At Home, the ones that included the top and bottom as one, and had to add some extra throw pillows for added comfort since the back seems to dig in when you sit! Still enjoy it though. Wish she would include the measurements of the cushions she used so it would have been easier to find. They may be custom as the standard cushions fall a little short.
        By Kmm4, on July 18, 2016

    • Considering this! Standard outdoor cushions?
      By RachParker, on June 1, 2016

    • How many 2x4's planks should be purchased?
      By Greg_N, on June 29, 2016

    • Hi, Greg- There is a link just before the steps that allows you to download the plan, including a shopping list. According to that list, you'll need 11 2x4x10's. If you build the couch, we'd sure like to see it!
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 1, 2016

    • Just finished the frame - love it! Any recs on good places to find cushions?
      By karlah, on July 9, 2016

    • No sanding or water sealing of the wood?
      By Nuck82, on July 28, 2016

    • Hi, Karlah! The Home Depot carries a variety of outdoor couch cushions, and there have been a handful of folks who have put together their own!
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 30, 2016

    • Hi, Nuck82- Sanding and especially sealing is a great idea for this project. The Home Depot carries a ton of choices for outdoor wood treatments.
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 30, 2016

    • Hi!...My daughter and I just built this!!!!...For our first time, we did awesome!....The only adjustment I made was that I made it the size of a twin bed ...So my bottom cushion is actually a mattress!...But great plan, great instructions !....On to the next project!!!
      By ankasaroja, on August 7, 2016

    • I built this and my wife loved it, but i bought some nice comfy sunbrella cushions but find if i try to plop down on the couch i nearly break my tailbone lol. Should i buy a mattress pad or something to put underneath the cushions or should i just buy firmer cushions. What do you suggest? Thank you
      By Kobestuff, on October 11, 2016

    • I built one of these couches. I made some modifications: (1) Moved the rear beam back 6 inches and added 2 vertical supports. This allows me to use seat cushions for the back instead of pillows. (2) Added some diagonal supports to connect the legs to the center frame for rigidity. (3) Used plywood for the seat instead of 2x4s, was going to add hinges so I could swing the seat up to store stuff under it, but just screwed it down instead. I would like to upload photos buy I dont know where to do that.
      By gen3benz, on June 6, 2017

    • I am not able to download the blueprint as it keep saying site is not available.
      By ahmed-omran2018, on February 5, 2018
      • @ahmed-omran2018 we have fixed the link. Thank you for letting us know!
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018

    • Is there a way to download the plans?
      By dickblazer, on February 8, 2018
      • @dickblazer we have fixed the link so you should be able to download now!
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 12, 2018

    • I built this over the weekend. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I made a couple minor modifications. I used 8 foot boards instead of 10 (I have a tiny hatchback). I still only used 11 pieces of lumber, I just made the smaller slats  24 inch (instead of 25.5) so each board was one big and one small and I made the 2 medium boards 27 inch. I also put the back board vertical instead of horizontal for a little more support, I don't see any reason why to make it differently, its still deep seating and fit standard cushions from Lowes. I made mine in redwood which looks very pretty with all the different colors and patterns in it. 
      By foxfirek, on May 13, 2018
      • Nice! Thanks for sharing! Be sure to create a new project and upload images so we can see how great it turned out! 
        By RYOBI NATION, on May 14, 2018

    • Made this couch earlier this week for my screened in patio, I am SUPER happy with it. Cushions arrived yesterday so its finally complete! Thanks Ana and Ryobi.
      By aebVermont, on July 7, 2018

    • having trouble finding where to download the plans for this?

      By mjsgeorgia, on July 13, 2018
      • Click the blue link at the top, or paste this into your browser: http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/Outdoor%20Sofa%20Plans.pdf
        By RYOBI NATION, on July 17, 2018
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    • Making
      By Racoon, on May 3, 2014

    • Cool
      By Pato, on May 6, 2014

    • Would love to build this, if only I had the space for it.
      By Brandi, on May 16, 2014

    • Am I right that this probably still needs to be anchored into the ground if you live in a very windy area? Or maybe anchored to the house is enough?
      By jcase16, on May 19, 2014


    • Cool
      By kemyha, on May 27, 2014

    • Where can I get the 24 - 1x2x10 boards? All the stores I've talked to only sell in 8ft length. It's a lot of waste and extra money to cut the 8 footers down!
      By soxgreen, on May 28, 2014

    • very nice, good job
      By wlc53, on June 3, 2014

    • It's very nice project to do for my home.
      By wallst, on June 4, 2014

    • I want to build a patio cover 26wx12dx9h attached to the house.
      By wallst, on June 4, 2014

    • This is great; but why are there no instructions for attaching the swing? That's sort of the part I need to know about in terms of support, torque on the frame Etc.
      By MamaDo, on June 8, 2014

    • You are blessed with amazing talent Ana, thanks for sharing designs with us.
      By fundmanager, on September 7, 2014

    • Can I use 4x4 posts instead of 6x6?
      By revggs24, on October 24, 2014

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

    • What kind of wood do you recommend using? Is it pine? Or is it cedar?
      By prm1502, on July 23, 2016
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    • I have been thinking about building a coffee table. Need to hit up some yard sales for a dinning table. Good idea. Thanks
      By mjbuilt, on June 3, 2014
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