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  • Years ago I traveled for work. At each place I bought a mug. I've never had a good way to display them until now. Thank you so much.
    By puppywalker, on February 15, 2015

  • I have a collection of Starbucks cups from all over the world finally I will do them justice... Thank You awesome project
    By iiglesias2_91035, on July 7, 2015

  • This is a great project. No longer having to reach to the back of a cupboard to get a coffee mug out in the morning; one can enjoy their coffee every day!
    By Mike Mercer, on September 22, 2015
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  • I absolutely love this shelf, and can't wait to make it :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on May 26, 2015

  • I've been looking for hooks like that to do a similar project...where did you find them?
    By jillinsc, on August 7, 2015
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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 27, 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 29, 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 10, 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 19, 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 23, 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 18, 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

  • What size friction hinge and piano hinge did u use?

    By Hailmaximus, on February 12, 2021

  • Is there an estimated weight that the hidden shelf can hold?
    By MrJaxun, on February 15, 2021
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  • Wow amazing and you explanation make it easy for everyone!
    By pedrosantiago1, on March 28, 2015

  • on my 2Do list now ... tysm
    By uWishuCould, on October 5, 2015
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  • What angle is the jig used to drill holes on angle
    By WillbanksFamily, on January 14, 2015
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  • Consider cutting the bucket down a few inches to get a wider stance on the legs. The way this is configured using the standard bucket, the center of balance on the stool is a bit high, and makes it prone to tipping over easily.
    By murtaugh, on August 15, 2016

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  • Were do you find the crates
    By openroad, on January 2, 2015

  • The Crates are available at Home Depot : )
    By CherishedBliss, on January 5, 2015


  • Functional AND beautiful! I love it. Love the contrast between the white painted "drawers" and the stained wood surround, one of my favorite combos!
    By kimmatReinvented, on January 8, 2015


  • I had trouble attaching the loose side of the shelf dividers in step 4.
    By lgeissler, on January 31, 2015

  • sweet idea i need a couple of these granny katz
    By granny katz, on February 1, 2015
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  • Tried to download the blueprints and they could not be found I would like to do this project that I want the blue friends and the how to's and everything else is there anywhere I can find them
    By harryhatt1951, on January 2, 2015

  • Tried to download the blueprints and they could not be found I would like to do this project that I want the blue friends and the how to's and everything else is there anywhere I can find them
    By harryhatt1951, on January 2, 2015

  • So sorry about the blueprint link not working right now. It's been reported. Please email bloggerrelations@ttigroupna.com in the meantime, and I will gladly email you the blueprints. Thank you
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on January 2, 2015

  • I love this! Where did you get the crates from?
    By farjojo, on January 6, 2015

  • Amazing! What a great way to keep organized in a family space with small children. Mine would crush those cute little stools... :) Love the combo of white paint and stained top.
    By kimmatReinvented, on January 8, 2015

  • This is a really awesome looking project! Could you share some more details about the crates though?
    By aggressorblue, on January 16, 2015

  • Hello! The crates are Large Wooden Crates 18" x 12.5" x 9.5" (Home Depot sku #203153338)
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on January 17, 2015

  • This is one beautiful table, do you think it could be modified to to be smaller for my home :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on February 1, 2015

  • I love this
    By Lydialugo, on February 7, 2015

  • I would love to make this project but am planning to super downsize in the near future.. This would be perfect for Xtra storage but will only be limited to a max of 300 sf of total living space. How would you propose to cut the width mainly, and depth of drawers.
    By T'sArt, on April 18, 2016
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