My wife always complains that I have too many beer mugs and that they always take up the space that her wine glasses are in. So, I needed to somehow create a new storage system for them (if I left it up to my wife, they’d be in the attic or basement!). I got this idea from the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking. I took the design in the magazine, and modified the measurements to fit my German Beer Stein collection. Of course, this was only designed to hold 12 mugs (which is about 3/4 of what I own), but any bigger would’ve been too big.
Here’s the dimensions I roughed out. I did screw up the stiles for the doors. If you look below, one set is 31″ long, and the other 27″ long… not so when you’re doing bridle joints to build the door frame. Both sets of stiles need to be 31″ long.
I built this from 2 rough-cut 8/4 boards of Elm. I got a discount for the knots because it was “unusable,” but it was perfect for center-stage as the back panel of the cabinet. Beautiful, huh?
I constructed this using ~65% power tools and 35% handwork/handtools. It features sliding dovetails to connect the sides to the top and bottom, and bridle joints for the cabinet doors. I used knife hinges and shelf supports from Brusso hardware. It is hung on the wall via a French Cleat. To complete the theme, I commissioned a blacksmith to build custom cabinet handles to contribute to the aura of beer and beer steins that this cabinet creates – he did an awesome job! Lastly, I bought LED strips and a rechargeable laptop battery (I didn’t want a gaudy wire hanging from the cabinet going into a plug socket) and wired the backlighting into the wood. The battery and dimmer switch is located under the bottom wooden shelf, while the LED strip is along the front ceiling.
Hopefully this will provide my son (4 years old now), and his son, plenty of drinking down the road after I’m gone! Until then, prost!