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.


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...

Jolena (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:24

The thumbnails are so helpful! My husband and I are going to do a few of your plans this summer and this makes it so much easier to find them!

TCK (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 13:00

THANK YOU FOR THE THUMBNAILS. I have always thought something like that would be AWESOME. But I knew it would be to much work. Or so I thought it would be. Do proved me WRONG!!

And I think the Linky Parties would be AWESOME!!

Leslie (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 14:47

I love, love, love the catalog! Ana, you continue to take this site up new levels. Phew!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the coffee table is awesome! I can't wait to build this beauty! The green is also crazy cool. I'm thinking red formine or maybe a bright turqoise!

Midnight Rambler (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 16:50

I love this table too, but have been thinking about how I could incorporate a couple drawers into it to hide remotes, magazines, etc. I'm sure though, with the knowledge you've given us with your site Ana, that I can figure it out. :o)

charlotteannette (not verified)

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 07:17

Ana I know it must have sucked really bad to do all those links, but THANK YOU! Your site is so improved by your work. I was wondering though, I want the craft organizer plans for wrapping paper and stuff and I can't find it. did you have to take it down?

o.me.o.mio (not verified)

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 04:52

When I saw this plan, I knew I just had to make this coffee table (it was exactly what I had been hoping for). I went out and purchased the lumber immediately. This being my first diy project, I was apprehensive. So far I have broken two bits but I am having a blast and am pretty happy with the results so far. Its far from perfect, but then again, so am I ;) This project has been empowering, so thank you Ana and all your followers for giving me the courage to try something new. Now I just need to figure out what type of finish to give my new favorite piece of furniture. Will post pictures when I am done.

Katrina Giselle (not verified)

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 15:10

People who are currently building this project: Doesn't the height measurement seem a little small to you? I am done building it, but it is so low. I did use 4" casters instead of 6" because that is all the store had, but it's really low...
Any input would be great.

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