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

Lindsay (not verified)

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 06:10

I just discovered your blog via Shanty 2 Chic and love it!! I have one question though, can you please tell me the color of your grey/blue room at the top of this post? I love it and think it would look great in my dining room!

Thank you so much!

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 09/10/2011 - 13:34

Found the authentic vintage wheels at local coaster factory . They were in the back room ..Supplier no longer makes them . We scored them for 41.00 swivel to boot a great bargain.
Has any one tried any kind of stensiling on the tables . I was thinking something to give it a vintage crate look ?

Ramon D (not verified)

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 15:56

I need a bit of help with this project. When the boards that go on top are laid down side by side as the plans call for, the width produced is more than the length of the supports. Any idea what I could be doing wrong?

LiannaK

Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:04

Hi Ana, I love this table. So cool! I am wondering if you can share with us the paint chip and brand? I'm curious and I have a few friends on FB who would like to know too. Thanks!!!

LiannaK

Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:04

Hi Ana, I love this table. So cool! I am wondering if you can share with us the paint chip and brand? I'm curious and I have a few friends on FB who would like to know too. Thanks!!!

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