It's still a work in progress, but here are a couple early pics of my factory cart coffee table. I used Ana's plans for inspiration, but made a lot of changes. The main one being that I decided to make it into a small storage unit. I used new 1x8's for the sides and a couple 1x2's for support and the rest is all going to be reclaimed pallet wood. Since the 1x8's gave me a little extra depth, the lid is going to be hinged allowing for a little bit of storage inside (TV remote, game controllers, etc.). Since it's a "factory cart", I stenciled an old Detroit company logo on opposite sides. I bought casters at Harbor Freight. They weren't the old-school cast iron, but they've got a cast iron spoked center and rubber tread. I'm in the middle of painting the pieces black and I think they'll look appropriate when they're ready. It was $28 total for the four casters.
Now I just need to settle on a stain. Any tips on applying the stain? I started with one color on the inside, but it was way too light and I'm not even sure I was doing it right. I was using a rag to apply it, but it barely looked like I was putting anything on despite shaking the bejeezus out of the can to mix it up. I'm kind of wishing I had gone with the Minwax stain+poly the first time, and I might still end up going that route.
I'll post more pics later on. It's farther along than the pics show, but these are the only ones I have at the moment.