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  • Hey ladies, I am impressed with this project. My father was a master carpenter and not much rubbed off on me but I am trying to learn. I really like the modern and rustic elements of this shelving project. I am going to try this because it is so unique. Not sure I have all the tools necessary but that may mean another trip to Home Depot. I will probably be in touch with specific questions, so please be patient with my novice knowledge. Thanks, Eric
    By Eric in San Diego, on September 23, 2016

  • Is there a reason why you attached the shelve pieces with screws from the outside versus the inside? If you screwed the screws on the inside you would not have left screw holes on the outside of the shelf and have to patch them prior to painting.
    By Master1, on September 23, 2016

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  • How do I get the templant.
    By Debra12, on October 30, 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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  • Brilliant, charming, beautiful, useful and completely creative! :) Love it!!! ~ Christina in FL
    By queenopearls_117536, on September 2, 2016

  • I love this for a baby's room!! It looks GREAT!!!
    By Terlis1221, on September 16, 2016

  • Great Job! I think I may do this for my cellar way. It can act as a gate for my dog, for when I have company over.
    By fEzZ, on September 19, 2016


  • Such a clever idea! I'll be checking out more of your projects!!
    By superreader, on September 28, 2016

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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
    • 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)gmail.com where you put the @ symbol instead of (at) in the email 

      Brian
      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: https://youtu.be/WwsD7902Y_4
    By KimAndGarrett_makeIt, on February 26, 2019
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