Factory Cart Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 21:41
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Reminiscent of antique factory carts, this easy to build coffee table will bring industrial charm to your living space. This coffee table sits lower than traditional coffee tables.

45 1/2" x 24 1/4" x 5 1/2"


Shopping List

2 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long
4 – 1×6 Boards, 8′ Long
Caster Wheels
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

4 – 1×2 @ 44″ (Supports)
12 – 1×6 @ 23 1/2″ (Tops, Ends, and Under Supports)
2 – 1×6 @ 45 1/2″ (Sides)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Use good, straight boards. Use glue, pre-drill and countersink your screw holes. Check for square after each step. Use proper safety equipment and precautions.


Step 1

Supports and Ends
Here’s the trick. Since you need a 3/4″ gap on top of the supports, rest a 1×6 under the supports but not under the ends boards. Then screw your end boards to the supports as shown above. Use glue.

Step 2

Tabletop Boards
Using 2″ screws and glue, fasten from the underside the supports and the tabletop boards. Keep outside edges flush. Minimize the gaps between the tabletop boards as you go along.

Step 3

Fasten the sides to the ends, as shown above. Then fasten through the undersupport into the sides, also as shown above. (click image for larger view).

Step 4

Caster Wheels Supports
From all sides, fasten the remaining 1×6 boards to the underside of the coffee table as shown above. Use 2″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any holes with wood filler, then sand and finish as desired.


Beth M. (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 01:54

Thank you SOOO MUCH for the thumbnails! I was looking for plans yesterday and thinking something like that would be very helpful, but I realized how much work it would be to create so I didn't ask. You did it anyway! Yay!

ourtinydot (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 01:58

Very cool, Ana. I find myself looking at items in magazines all the time wondering how it would work to hack it and how it would integrate into my spaces. Too bad real life limits us in time and space to do all we would see to accomplish. You have got to be crazy busy with all you've been doing, but the plan catalog is fantastic and Mr. Linky parties will be very fun.

joyandcontentment (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 02:21

Oh my GOSH! I have been looooooonging to see thumbnails on your site! It will make my drooling over plans so much more productive! Thanks!


Heidi (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 02:39

Thank you so much for the awesome coffee table plans, I was dreaming about this last night! And how awesome to have those thumbnails!

Curried Cupcakes (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 02:40

I have been waiting for a plan catalog since i found your site. Thank you so much for taking the time to create one.

I would defiantly participate in the Mclinky. You could do it once a month or probably one a week with as many submissions you receive. Either way it would be a great regular feature. I don't know if you can do that with a pic instead of words for a link, but for the furniture that would be neat.

CHRISTINA (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 03:06

i love your thumbnail links! i'm new to blogging can you share? and I do have plans of building a few things on your site. I just need to know how to link to your page!

Nicole (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 03:09

I love this coffee table. I'm working on the wall book rack right now, but as soon as I finish it, I am making THIS!!!

aSprinkling (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 03:40

Love the thumbnails! It makes it so easy to look through the plans.

Now, I have another idea for you...a list of links of actual builds of each plan. Wouldn't it be great to see what people have actually built from a plan you want to use yourself! I think it would!

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