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I made this Coffee Mug Rack for my wife to help free up some cabinet space. It's a pretty easy project and you can keep adding sections to it for more cups and mugs. I built this one to see how she likes it and now she wants a few more. In our house, it would be easier to find places to hang several small racks rather than one big one.

Once you get all the pieces cut and sanded, a nail gun and glue makes assembly a breeze if you use a spacer block to get the shelf spacing consistent. I alternated between 4.5" and 5.5" shelf spaces to accommodate different mug heights, but that required paying a little extra attention not to screw up the pattern and kind of over-complicated it a bit. It might be hard to see in the picture, but the sides are made up of two vertical pieces that have a space in between, so you can see the mugs from the sides too.

It does get quite heavy with all of the mugs on it, so be sure to hang it on studs. I added some mounting cleats under the upper two shelves which worked out nicely for screws 16" on center. It's made from about 12 feet of pine 1×12.

Click here to see my video and instructions for this project.

Thanks for checking out my project! Steve…

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Hey Steve,
I watched you make this.
Very cool project!
 

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Steve,
Nice job on the Coffee mug rack! I like the spacing on the sides and the way you staggered the shelves. What a great way to clear up cabinet space with a snazzy display.
 

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Very cool Nice job
 

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Thanks guys!
 

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Cool idea!
 

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Very nice. I see there is no back. What gives it strength laterally? Is it stiff enough with just those butt joints?
 

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We actually have minor earthquakes sometimes here in GA but they are not that noticeable. It is really stiff and does not move at all. The glue helps with that. All of the force is downward when it's on the wall.
 

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Pretty neat Idea, Not only for Coffee cups but for many types of nicknacks….. Good Job Steve….
 

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Nice Design Steve!
 

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This looks great, Steve. When you go to add more shelving, how about coming up with a simple attachment system so that the extra shelves look like they were part of the original make? Legos in wood. :)
 

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Never enough space for cups!
 
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