But I needed a variation of it – I didn’t want 9 coffee cup nooks, I wanted 6 – but ones that were big enough to hold my Rae Dunn mugs. For those of you that don’t follow a lot of blogs – these mugs are one of the blogging world’s “must haves”. They’re large, whimsical, dishwasher and microwave safe and only about $4 at HomeGoods/HomeSense. I just bought a new coffee machine after reading reviews on websites like https://coffee-works.com/ and I wanted to create a shelf to display my precious coffee mugs!
I hacked away at SketchUp Make (a free app for creating building and layout plans) and came up with a variation that I liked.
The great thing about SketchUp is that you can build anything ‘virtually’ with a bit of practice. The downside is that even minute fluctuations in board lengths, widths or depths in the real world throw your building plans off slightly…. so I thought I’d better build my coffee mug shelf to make sure I wasn’t leading you too far astray.
This shelf is too tall to put on a kitchen counter underneath upper cabinets- it’s meant to hang on the wall. If you did want to make a coffee mug shelf that would fit, you’ll need to change up the angle of the roof so that it’s lower by about 2″.
I had leftover mdf in the garage, so I ripped it down to 4 1/2″ wide boards. If you plan on staining your coffee mug shelf / house shelf, you’ll probably want to work with 1 x 5″ boards.
DIY Coffee Mug Shelf / House Shelf
Cut list – all boards being 4 1/2″ wide and 3/4″ thick.
- 2 pieces at 11 3/4″ long (sides)
- 2 pieces at 18″ long (bottom and top)
- 1 piece at 16 1/2″ long (horizontal centre)
- 4 pieces at 5 1/2″ long (cup dividers)
- 2 pieces at 13 1/4″ long (roof)
You will need:
- mitre saw
- Rockwell VersaCut Saw
- 1 1/2″ wood screws
- 2″ wood screws
- wood glue
- 24-Inch Clamp (2)
- drill and countersink drill bit
- speed square
- wood filler
- primer (if painting)
- hanging hooks
Start by building your box shape – pre-drill, glue and then countersink your screws from your 18″ bottom board up into your 11 3/4″ boards. (2 screws on either end)
The top board is NOT going to be screwed into place. Check for square, and then glue your top board to the sides and use clamps to hold it in place. This is important because we’ll be cutting an angle on the top board and you don’t want to destroy your saw by cutting through screws.