We made a house for our mugs!
You are probably all aware of my love of tea, and I have a huge collection. This addiction extends to mugs and I have to say, this obsession has overflowed into the studio where we take mugs VERY seriously. For that reason, we decided to make a mug house, basically mug storage specifically designed to store my lovely collection. Using my Bosch Advanced Trim Router, this was so easy to do! Read on for the full tutorial.
- Bosch Advanced Trim Router
- Bosch Router Bit Set
- Bosch Advanced Vac
- 12 pieces of 1200mm x 70mm timber
- Ruler and square
- Timber stain (I used Feast Watson ProofTint in Oak)
- 2 x L wall brackets and screws
The first thing to do is mark up all your timber - measure the centre then mark a line every 140mm to each end. Trim any excess.
I like to use the Bosch Advanced Vac, and attach it onto the router to extract as much dust and wood chips as possible. Then, using the trim router, I rounded the front edges of the timber using a roundover bit.
It was then time to create slots in the timber so I could fit the shelves together. I changed bits and routed a straight slot into the wood, coming in at a 90 degree angle to the wood and following the lines I marked. I decided to do this in two stages, the first being shallower, and then dropping the level of the router down to do a second pass all the way through the wood.
I did this for all the timber (it took a while!), but for half of it I did the slots coming from the front (the rounded edge) and for the other half I did the slots coming from the back (the flat edge).
The next step was to stain the shelves, this is optional but I love a darker timber look.
Once the timber was dry, Ben and I fitted the shelves together, first laying out the timber with the slots at the front, then wedging the timber with the slots at the back on top. We used a mallet to wedge them together in places where it was tight. We then hung the completed mug house on the wall using L brackets.