Factory Cart Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 21:41
Difficulty
Beginner
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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.

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

Preparation

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
primer
wood conditioner
paint
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)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
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.

Instructions

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

Sides
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.

Comments

Jamie (not verified)

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 14:44

I want to adapt THIS table to be a lego table. My design tastes are a little more modern/eclectic than the pottery barn. Any chance you could give some tips on how to make this into a storage table with a flip top lid? It seems like a simple modification, but without exact measurements, I think I would screw it up.

Sarah R. (not verified)

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:50

FYI--if you love the look of those casters on the inspiration pic, just google 'cast iron casters' on ebay (maybe add 'antique' to that), and a pretty decent selection comes up!

Jenn (not verified)

Tue, 02/08/2011 - 09:50

I came across this browsing through your site and thought it was kinda cool...then I realized how much easier it would be to vacuum my living room if my coffee table had wheels! GENIUS! I think I'm going to have to add this to my project list, and figure out how to add some storage. Thanks!

southerngirl183

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 07:26

I just finished my first project (6 cube cubby) and am working on this one now. I LOVE the stain Rebecca used and would love to know what it is!!!

Heidi Lee (not verified)

Sun, 05/22/2011 - 08:32

Anna-

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your site! Just wondering if it would be possible to combine this coffee table and your lego table? Some sort of storage to this one to make it higher. I am sure it is possible, but just wondering if you would be able to share it and do it better than I could. Of course, you could do it better, but then it could be shared. :)

BIG fan,
Heidi

ekm2010

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 22:17

I just finished with this coffee table this evening. I was a little confused at first becuase I was wanting my coffee table to turn out like the table in the first picture (the rustic one) but I realized shortly after buying my supplies that the plans are for the green table. Do you have plans for the rustic table?? Thanks Ana for the great site! I love love love it!! No more drooling over Pottery Barn and West Elm lol

Thanks!

ekm2010

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 22:17

I just finished with this coffee table this evening. I was a little confused at first becuase I was wanting my coffee table to turn out like the table in the first picture (the rustic one) but I realized shortly after buying my supplies that the plans are for the green table. Do you have plans for the rustic table?? Thanks Ana for the great site! I love love love it!! No more drooling over Pottery Barn and West Elm lol

Thanks!

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