Ana White



  • 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 9, 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 30, 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?

    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

  • Hello,

    These plans will work great for a shed I recently built.  The shed walls I will be building the shelves on are 10 ft across and 113" tall.  I wanted to build the shelves 8 feet across and include three or four shelves at about 20" in-between each shelf.  I am planning on making the shelving 3' in depth, but I wanted to make a loft type area on each side of the shed, and was planning on the loft spanning across the top of the shed and measuring 4' in width and the full 10' in length across the top.  Using your shelve plans, do you have any ideas on following the plans up to a certain hight and then adding a wider and longer shelf as the top to create the loft or a longer and wider top shelf?  Also, do I see that there are no vertical supports in the center of what look to be 8 foot shelving on the left side.  Since my shelves will be 8' long, can I just put supports on the two sides, as in your plans?  Thanks.
    By CenCOast_DYI, on February 13, 2020

  • Awesome concept here! I'd LOVE to see this modified for a sewing/craft room/office!!!!
    By user_howe_1613808, on September 10, 2020 (edited)
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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 2, 2018
    • I noticed that too. Maybe the miter saw cart is 40" wide and the others are 48". Thinking more about it, all the carts could be anything up to 48" in width. Might as well make them 48" wide and have less waste.

      I hope to make the carts in the next few weeks! It'll help organize the war zone that is my garage.
      By dallusglockin, on August 23, 2019 (edited)

  • 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.

    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

  • Do I need to build the miter saw cart first in order to get the correct height for the in and out carts? I’m planning on purchasing the Ryobi 12” sliding miter saw to put on the cart.
    By Gerryyo, on August 26, 2018
    • No, you do not. Click "view project PDF" and it will give step by step instructions for the in-feed out-feed cart.
      By RYOBI NATION, on August 29, 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

  • Where did you get the baskets pictured with this console? Thank you
    By Gerryyo, on September 4, 2018
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  • No plans?
    By RMBrumfield, on September 19, 2019
    • You have to hit the tabs
      By Mike411, on January 27, 2021
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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 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
    • I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong with the top angle please help!!!
      By TonyJones, on March 9, 2020
    • @TonyJones  you still having issues? I’ll be doing this soon and I’m pretty sure it’s related to a ladder shelf build I did from Ana White’s website so I know how to make that cut at the top. You can email me at gilly775(at) where you put the @ symbol instead of (at) in the email 

      By Briangw, on September 26, 2020 (edited)

  • I’m having a hard time understanding how to cut the angle at the top of the 2x3. 
    By Stephen5, on October 23, 2018
    • Did you figure it out?
      By TonyJones, on March 9, 2020

  • This was a super easy project.  Thank you for posting these.  This is how we used them:
    By KimAndGarrett_makeIt, on February 26, 2019
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