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  • Love it!
    By Amy B, on November 1, 2014

  • This is great! If I had all of the tools, I would definitely make it!
    By jbuchmann55, on November 12, 2014

  • This looks interesting but a complete set of instructions and materials list would be nice.
    By Cheryl S., on November 19, 2014

  • need the size of the wreath, to know if it will fit above my mantle?
    By tabbykids, on December 10, 2014
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  • The steps describe a diagram, is this available somewhere? thanks, Matt
    By mg4345, on November 4, 2014

  • Hi Matt, the diagram has been added - see the link above the first step. Thank you!
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on November 5, 2014

  • I really can't wait to see how long it takes for some kid to plow into something and that stylish aggressive geometry decapitates the kid. Can you really not see how dangerous this thing is? This is an example of style over function!
    By kerrycwells, on November 13, 2014

  • A little heavy for a sled especially for a kid to handle. No steering capability. That will certainly be exciting. Have to agree with kerrycwells. Try 3/4" PVC trim boards for the frame and maybe 1/4" fiberboard (glue and screw) for skin with a few coats of poly to seal against moisture.
    By aitchilm, on December 4, 2014

  • Cool design but concerns on plywood joints (water) and overall safety. Perhaps a modified design of using kerf relief cuts in the 3/4" plywood vs cutting 8 different pieces for the underside. That would allow bending the front in a traditional style toboggan while keeping plywood base in one piece vs relying on some screws. Some 6" or 8" wide X 3/4" pine can be formed to support the front of the unit.
    By Danstools, on January 24, 2015
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  • I cannot print the steps to follow this project. WHY??
    By firstlewie, on March 11, 2017

  •  How do I get the project plans?


    By DMcClellan, on June 27, 2018
    • Click "project steps". There is no downloadable pdf for this one. 
      By RYOBI NATION, on July 17, 2018

  • I was wondering if you can just use a 18 gauge brad nail for the whole project? Thanks!
    By Badz, on June 22, 2020 (edited)
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  • My wife has wanted me to trim out our windows for a long time... your how-to helps with the how but I'm a bit confused. You talk about the top pieces being MDF but the photos look like plywood. Am I missing something? When you put the 1/2" plywood on the sides does it help straighten out the sides? Ours are nowhere close to straight and level and hope this makes getting them there possible! Thank you. Bob
    By BobT55, on October 16, 2017
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  • Materials used is missing the metal bar for support
    By sus4, on November 13, 2014

  • Hi, nice work. On the video you say that the canvas will be available at the website but I can't find it.
    By fboss1978, on January 21, 2015

  • Hi, your plans do not detail where the back is attached in relationship to the bottom. Can you tell me the dimension from the front of the legs? Thanks
    By v2fast2hit, on March 12, 2015

  • Hello and thanks for the questions and comments! Sus4, Yes the 18" pipe and 2 flanges was left out because depending on the size of the slats it may not be needed. I have versions of these chairs with thicker slats and without any middle support. A 2x4 and 4 L-brackets is cheaper alternative that works as well. fboss1978 the template is available on this page where it says "Download and print the template " v2fast2hit There are a few reasons I don’t indicate it. Measurements on curved surfaces are often misinterpreted. Depending on how you cut and sand this the location of 2 reference points could be off. The template is sanded off already so I a mark on that would not be helpful. Lastly different people like different angles and different locations for the back depending on the height. Since we are screw from the inside its ok to try a couple angles and see what you like before the slats go on.
    By Homemade Modern, on May 1, 2015

  • hi can e-mail me the template plan for this project i can't find it in the web side. thanks,
    By M.A.N. Essa, on January 5, 2017
    • Under "project steps", step number 2 has a blue link you can click on for the template. Hope this helps!
      By RYOBI NATION, on April 13, 2018

  • pls e-mail me the template plan for this project. thanks,
    By gassave, on April 5, 2018
    • gassave, click on "project steps", step number 2 has a blue link you can click on for the template. Hope this helps!
      By RYOBI NATION, on April 13, 2018
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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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