Ana White



  • 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

  • I have never used a circular saw before. You make this look so easy. I just need a circular saw lesson, first. My husband has me scared to death of this equipment. I want to see if my local Home Depot offers some sort of training or hands on instruction, then next time he leaves town I'm going for it. You'd think after 40 years he'd know better than to tell me "No". It's true what they say about old dogs, I guess. I can't wait for him to
    By user_teeters_1783159, on April 19, 2021
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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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  • 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 8, 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 14, 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 20, 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 28, 2014

  • I LOVE this! I wish someone close by could build this for me!! Any takers in Los Angeles county?? :)
    By bklyn4evr818, on January 7, 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 5, 2015

  • What would I need to do, if anything, so I could add an electric fireplace insert? I love this.
    By Char1960, on January 15, 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

  • Ana this great. I love the faux fireplace. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas.
    By Mcfet152, on November 30, 2020

  • Very pretty!
    By Ted1735, on December 15, 2020
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  • Ana's blueprint link states: "The resource could not be found."
    By linda7, on August 12, 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: 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 13, 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 10, 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: and these: 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:
    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 28, 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 28, 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 3, 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 31, 2016
    • Kmm4 - Did you find cushions? Just finished the frame and trying to find cushions. :)
      By karlah, on July 10, 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 30, 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 10, 2016

  • No sanding or water sealing of the wood?
    By Nuck82, on July 29, 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

  • Is there a way to download the plans?
    By dickblazer, on February 9, 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 14, 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:
      By RYOBI NATION, on July 17, 2018

  • Hi, The above Materials says you need 11 2x4 @ 72 inches and the downloadable plans say you need 9 2x4 @72inches. Can you confirm which it is? Thanks
    By coxy0521, on July 30, 2018

  • The cut list on the video and the list in the project steps differ. One says you need 9 at 72" and the other one says you need 11 at 72". Which one should i follow to avoid waist?
    By Coldwater30, on September 5, 2019
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  • Making
    By Racoon, on May 4, 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 4, 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 9, 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

  • WOW this is what all the projects should include.  Noy only a nice foto set but what you did, how you started and what steps you took to create such a wonderful piece and lawn furniture and back yard addition.

    Thank you very much, if you know Monty  or Jena and or Eric please send them a note and suggest they add a few extra points to help folk like me get started on their projects while we are locked down and shut in by some ridiculous Virus,

    Greatest thing that has happene to Gardening in a long time.  Makes a lot of time we have to fill in and what better way than to work in the soil or close to it.

    John D  soutrnatl_17150
    By soutrnatl_17150, on June 12, 2020
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