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Rogue Engineer

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I'm an aerospace engineer that loves to save money by building my own furniture. That being said, I create free plans using 3D CAD with detailed cut lists so I know exactly would wood to buy, cuts to make, and how it all comes together. This cuts down on build time, trips to the store, and the overall amount of mistakes. But why keep all this information to myself. That’s why I share all my plans for free!

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    • This may be a silly question. How do you keep your white shoe shelves clean? The cleanest of shoes will always have dirt on the soles.
      By JetEngineer22, on November 10, 2018
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    • Where did you purchase the slides for this project?
      By shop4camp, on February 14, 2018
      • You can find bench seat rails at a home improvement store, such as The Home Depot.
        By RYOBI NATION, on February 14, 2018
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    • Those dolls are going to get a nice nap in their new bed!
      By RYOBI Nation, on September 6, 2017

    • Where is the PDF for the bunk beds
      By Bigkypoppa, on September 6, 2017

    • The link is in the description. Right above the video.
      By Rogue Engineer, on September 6, 2017

    • I may have missed it but is there a measurement for the corner cut outs on the 10"x 20.5" sections?  I'm assuming about 1/2 inch?
      By Dan_Gray, on October 27, 2018
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    • What are the bearings? Where did you get them?
      By jasonhash, on May 30, 2017
      • They are ceramic skate bearing and I got them off Amazon.
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 31, 2017

    • These sure are in high demand! Your kids must be thrilled you can make them right at home. Nice work!
      By RYOBI Nation, on May 31, 2017

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    • What water balloon launcher did you use for this?
      By biglosman, on May 22, 2017

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    • Another fantastic Rogue Engineer project. This is definitely on my to-do list.
      By grover959, on March 6, 2017

    • Just a suggestion, you might want to replace the USB connector Type A receptacle to the more standard (on this type of item) Micro-B or Mini-B. That way you could use standard chargers and cables, rather than a Type-A to Type-A cable (which isn't all that common in the charging world.)... Anyway, great design, and I love the "simulated" frosted glass.
      By ARudzki, on March 7, 2017
      • Thanks ARudzki! And yes, I agree with the charging port idea and did look for one but wasn't successful in finding one. If you know of a Micro or Mini USB port I'm sure other would appreciate a link below. Thanks again!
        By Rogue Engineer, on March 7, 2017

    • An option to try would be Samtec: http://suddendocs.samtec.com/catalog_english/scrus.pdf They are a bit pricey (a bit? LOL), but you could also use their wording to do Google searches to maybe find cheaper versions from someone else.
      By ARudzki, on March 7, 2017

    • No question is a dumb question, right? So why this step: To give the polycarbonate sheet a frosted look, simply sand one side with an orbital sander until you get an even scuff across the entire sheet. Thanks for a much better option than the one I cobbled together with what I had on hand.
      By MichelleO, on March 7, 2017
      • The frosted look helps disperse the light more evenly (IMO) and prevents the bright direct light.
        By Rogue Engineer, on March 7, 2017

    • That is a great idea. I have been wanting a light box and this will be just the thing. I do a lot of adult coloring and was trying to come up with a way to color with out the outline showing and this is just the thing.
      By schnauzerman, on March 25, 2017
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    • How do I get the templant.
      By Debra12, on October 29, 2016

    • To get the template print the "View Project PDF"
      By Pigsmoker, on October 30, 2016

    • How can I print out the steps for the Lighted Bats? I have tried everything.
      By PWilliams, on October 10, 2017
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    • I don't see a link for the plans that are mentioned throughout. Am i overlooking the obvious?
      By shnu, on May 2, 2016
      • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016
      • Thanks, see them now. Just be warned, I'm going to blame you for being late to our Mother's Day plans this weekend!
        By shnu, on May 4, 2016
      • Haha, I'll totally take the blame.
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016
      • Almost done, just need to attach the doors. Seeing it in person, I wish I'd splurged on nicer plywood. This is worth it!
        By shnu, on May 16, 2016

    • Great use of space.
      By user113820, on May 3, 2016

    • I also don't see the downloadable plan and would very much like it. Thanks.
      By dragonslayerone, on May 3, 2016
      • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016
      • Thanks Rogue! : )
        By dragonslayerone, on May 4, 2016

    • I think this would work perfectly for me. Where can I get the plans?
      By wolffmichael, on May 3, 2016
      • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

    • I also don't see the downloadable plan and would very much like it. Thanks.
      By Mesquitta, on May 3, 2016
      • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

    • I would like to see how/method was used to mount the storage cabinet.
      By halvara1, on May 3, 2016
      • The plans are now attached as a link in the description. In there I show how it was anchored to the wall studs with 2-1/2" wood screws.
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

    • Click on his BIO, the link to his site is there. https://www.ryobitools.com/user/rogue_engineer/profile Rogue Engineer is the only DIY'er that I follow. This cabinet is killer!!
      By JWill417, on May 3, 2016

    • are there step by step instructions for this project?
      By Pt5515, on May 3, 2016
      • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

    • like several others here I would like a set of plans if they are available
      By woodstock, on May 3, 2016
      • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

    • I would like a set of plans if they are available
      By kb7fxj, on May 3, 2016
      • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
        By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

    • Hey everyone! I'm so sorry for the delay, the PDF should have been included when this went live but we are working to get it added today or tomorrow.
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 3, 2016

    • hi there, I received follow up replies but the link to the replies at ryobi nation isn't working and has been checked by windows with comments about the link not responding FYI :)
      By woodstock, on May 3, 2016

    • Hey RYOBI Nation, we apologize for the delay in getting the project plans to you. They are live and ready to download! We can't wait to see you build this awesome cabinet!
      By RYOBI Nation, on May 4, 2016

    • It is above. Just click on "provided cut list" picture (above) and the Plan pops up. Then "save as", to Your computer files.
      By Tug Hercules, on May 4, 2016

    • Does anyone else have a problem getting back to this forum when replies are posted. I got an ermail from ryobination re a comment by dragonslayerone but cannot get to the page on wither my laptop or pc. Fianlly had to come the circuitous route to get the plans Thanks Rogues
      By woodstock, on May 4, 2016
      • Hi woodstock, thank you for bringing this to our attention! We are working on fixing this now, thank you!
        By RYOBI Nation, on May 6, 2016

    • I've just done this build. Love it! Where did you get the base cabinets, under the work bench?
      By cbosso, on May 27, 2016

    • How do you think this would turn out if different hinges were used? I'd rather not pay close to $50 a pop for the hinges. Maybe two or three smaller hinges for each one?
      By StarkIndustrias, on September 8, 2016

    • My son gave me a gift card and plans for garage organization. This fit perfectly into our goals. This was SUCH a fun project to do together. I have never tackled something like this before. We had our local Home Depot cut the plywood and peg board for us. We bought a portable Ryobi table saw and a Kreg jig -- so satisfying to learn to use these tools safely and build something so great!
      By davenorth, on October 6, 2016

    • Great project. Whats the measurements of the dado cuts? How far down on the side panels were they cut? It looks like the 2 1/2 framing bracket connects to the side panels ( 12 X 36) above the dado cuts.
      By Pgibson821, on December 1, 2016

    • Hi Rogue great job on the tool storage but what the size of the piano hinge ? x 30"
      By fubarsport, on February 3, 2017
      • 30 inch hinge. Cut to 28.
        By Jeff Homan, on February 20, 2017

    • I am using the best finished plywood. Real smooth looking..cut all materials yesterday and will do the Dado cuts (will be using a router for this job). Peg board at home depot was 3/16 so I will have to make slight adjustments to certain areas. Pictures will follow no later than tomorrow I hope.
      By Jeff Homan, on February 20, 2017

    • Love this
      By Lookout, on July 11, 2017

    • Can't seem to download the plans. Click on the link but nothing happens?
      By Young Al, on July 18, 2017


    • I started putting this together and noticed that the cut list calls for 5 7/8" wide dividers but with a 1/4"x1/4" dado the plants call for they actually need to be 6 1/4" wide.
      By D_Weasel, on June 4, 2018

    • I built this and it turned out great.  I left out the two most central dividers to give myself a wider space where I keep all my manuals. Thanks!
      By dfoliver, on September 18, 2018
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    • very simple and nice. I liked it and this should be one of my next projects for my home.
      By kadambi, on January 25, 2016

    • There is no link for the under bed storage draw.
      By wrongway53, on May 4, 2016
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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 26, 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 28, 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 9, 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 18, 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 22, 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 17, 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
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    • Pretty cool, thanks for sharing. :)
      By MintyFr, on December 12, 2014


    • Nice! Would make a great gift.
      By Wgc41102, on December 14, 2014

    • Very nice!
      By Logan, on January 16, 2015

    • Love this! Thanks for sharing your pattern.
      By chabias, on April 11, 2015

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

    • Where do you buy the bottle opener; I'd like to get some to make this project!?
      By Mike Mercer, on November 16, 2015

    • Where do you buy the bottle opener; I'd like to get some to make this project!?
      By Mike Mercer, on November 16, 2015

    • Home Depot and Menards both sell bottle openers. I'm working on this with a few alterations right now and bought the bottle opener for mine @ Home Depot
      By CrystalRae, on December 2, 2015
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