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.


Donna @ Mudpie… (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 05:45

Thank you soooo much for the thumbnails! It makes it much easier to find the plans. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to do this. It is much appreciated.

Yolanda (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 07:03

I have been loving the factory cart table trend. It would be awesome to build this out of reclaimed wood or used shipping crates.

And the Knock Off Wood Catalog is completely awesome. Working on that must have been nothing short of painful. Thank you for making the effort!

Laura (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 07:39

Thank you soooo much for the thumbnails! It makes it so easy to quickly look through all your projects! Love it!!!

Roben (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 07:47

Lovely thumbnails.I love the designs of the green coffee table.You have described very clearly how to make this table in your home.I have already tried & almost reach the finished product very easily with your described architechture.Thanks again for this nice post.


haley8 (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 07:56

Ana, the thumb nails are great, I didn't realize how many plans you had until today!!!

The coffee table is exactly what I've been looking for! going to try to build it this weekend.

Megan (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 08:43

I love your site! I was wondering, do you have plans for a piano bench? I desperatly need one for our old piano!

Kirsten (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 10:31

LOVE the new plan catalog!! I also love the section that lets readers add their stuff--so fun to see what people come up with! Thanks so much for all your hard work:).

The Whitings i… (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 10:56

Thanks for all the plans! I've been looking through your Plan Catalog all day when I have a moment here and there. The thumbnails are GREAT! We're moving soon and I can't wait to make some new furniture for our house. I love all the pictures of what people have made...it makes it all seem so possible.

BrokenPerfection (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 11:24

So I Love the idea! But I just had light bulb go off... Why not close off the bottom and may the top hinge up some how to allow for hiding things in it like game counsel controllers.... or ad a couple drawers to it...:) now that would be even more cool...

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