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.


Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 15:16

This coffee table is definitely lower than most because it's a modern factory cart style. If you notice in the inspiration photo the table is very low. I actually used dimensions off of a popular West Elm coffee table to guide this design. You could add a shelf underneath to raise the table, but it's definitely lower than a standard coffee table.

Courtney (not verified)

Tue, 05/11/2010 - 09:27

I REALLY want this table. MUST go to Home Depot ASAP, wish me luck... To anyone who has made it, what have you paid in terms of supplies?

Austin (not verified)

Tue, 05/11/2010 - 15:45

I Just finished this table. I used 6 inch cast iron casters it is only about 2-3 inches shorter than our old coffee table. This was the first piece of furniture that I have ever built. Turned out OK.

Becky (not verified)

Sat, 06/05/2010 - 19:03

I just built this as well. I used 4x4 posts as the legs instead of wheels (only because I could envision my children wheeling each other into the wall). I kept the legs at 6", but you could always make them longer if you don't like it so low like the wheels make it.

Labrat407 (not verified)

Sun, 07/04/2010 - 12:45

Ana - I found your blog 2 days ago. (Googled deck bench with storage)...I am going through each page, reading everything and taking it ALL in. I'm really eager beaver to start a few projects. Where oh where do I start!! We've been on a tight budget for years, I like making our own furniture, customizing it for our space (small 78 year old home) which is only 1200 square feet for 5. I'm going gaga over everything. THANK YOU SO MUCH for EVERYTHING. Count me in as one more of your life long fans. Cheers!!

Your fan,
Labrat407's wife Exoteric

Kris (not verified)

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 18:27

So Ive had all the hardware and supplies in my garage for this table for over 6 months waiting for my husband to put it all together, sand, paint, etc. It wasnt until I saw this on your site that I got the confidence to do it myself! I just finished sanding for tonight since the kids needed baths, story time and now bed time! I plan on finishing the rest of the sanding, painting and adding the hardware as quickly as I can! Ill be posting pics as soon as its done! Thanks so much for giving this very tired, hard working mom the confidence to "take the bull by the horns" and accomplish something that I once thought was beyond my skill level! This means more to me than I could possibly put into words!

chrisandpatience (not verified)

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 13:29


I need a table that is around 17 inches tall. I was wondering what you thought about using 1x12's for the sides instead of the 1x6's? I just dont want it to look awkward.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.


natasha (not verified)

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 16:31

ok I totally NEED to make the table in the last photo with the wheels so can anyone tell me a great place to find vintage metal wheels??!

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