Build Your Own Factory Cart Coffee Table

I am so excited to share my Factory Cart Coffee Table reveal today. This is a basic, beginner level project. I used my Ryobi Table Saw (I love that thing), but you could make your cuts with a circular saw (or ask the guys at Home Depot or Lowes to cut the boards for you).

Don’t you just love these castors? You couldn’t buy these castors, this size for the price I got the entire cart for.

Castors Antique Cart

Ana White has plans on her site that I used as a rough guide. If you don’t want to buy a cart, or can’t find one, you can use these plans to create a base to attach castors to.

I started out by cutting cross supports the length of the cart top

Cross Beams

After determining the height I wanted the coffee table I changed my plan and used a scrap 2×4 I had for my base

Beginning Frame Coffee Table

I attached the front and back pieces first, and then added the cross supports. In the end I wanted my table top to have a slight overhang so I attached them flush with the top of the boards

Frame Factory Cart Coffee Table

Then I attached the sides. I counter sunk all the screws since I knew I would fill them with stainable wood filler when I was finished. I think it gives the table a more rustic look.

Counter sink screwsI also did this for the top. I measured a straight line where I knew a support was underneath. I placed one screw in the center of each board and then used my finishing nailer for extra strength. I used a lot of glue too.

Here is the finished table after I filled the holes

Built Coffee Table

Next I sanded with 120 grit paper to get all the extra wood filler off the boards and make them nice and smooth. I also rounded the edges just a bit

Sanded Coffee TableI made sure to let as many knots in the wood show…again making it feel a little more industrial or rustic.

I chose dark walnut stain by minwax (1 coat) and finished the table with 2 coats of polyurethane. I sanded with a very fine sanding block in between each coat of poly. I also prepped the table with wood conditioner.

Stained coffee table

I love how this table turned out!!

Factory Cart Coffee Table DIY

Factory Cart Coffee Table Close Up

The wheels look a little lighter in these pictures, but they are more true to what you see in the outdoor pictures.

Factory Cart Coffee Table

The finish turned out beautiful!

Pinterest Coffee Table Factory Cart

If you are thinking of taking that leap into your first DIY build…this would be the perfect project. It’s basically my third big project. My first was my farmhouse table. Next, I made the raised wooden cooler for my husband for Father’s Day. And now this coffee table. If I can do it, you definitely can!!

Head over to my linky party Weekend Beautiful and link up your projects. I would love to see what you have been up to!! 

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24 thoughts on “Build Your Own Factory Cart Coffee Table

    • Great find on getting the wheels, and you made a nice table out of it. I have a suggestion that you might try. I made my own factory cart table also; I didn’t want the rust from the wheels rubbing off on my light colored carpet, so I clear coated them just to protect the carpet. I was amazed and pleased by what it did to the color of the wheels. They turned into the color of a cigar. They were so beautiful!
      To prep, I just lightly went over them with some steel wool to knock the loose rust off. Whetted them down to get any loose parts that the steel wool took off, and waited for them to dry. After clear coating them with just a rattle can and letting it dry, I very lightly went over it all again with some soft steel wool. It took the “too shiny” look away and looked great.
      Just a suggestion for dealing with the rust and carpet, that ends up looking better than I could have imagined.

  1. VERY nice!! Perfect for a casual furniture grouping or , I can see it in a “man cave” setting. Please consider or invitation to Turn Old Into Awesome and win a fabulous prize package! The Whimsical Peacock and My Personal Accent are sponsoring the Dare to be Different, Up-cycling Challenge. Ends 8/12. See post for a complete list of challenge rules and prizes

  2. Beautiful! You did a lot to transform that rusty one into gold! Pinned. Love the finish and flowers look so nice there! I posted anchor dress to twirl and take a bow. {Stop over}

  3. Great job. The wood conditioner makes all the difference. So many people don’t know to use it and when they stain raw pine it is splotchy and they hate it. Nice rich color on your project.

    • Thanks Sylvia, I totally agree with you, it makes a huge difference. I always use it and it’s such a simple step! Thanks for stopping by!!

    • Thanks Jennifer, I got the cart at a local antique shop. You’ll have to keep your eyes open for one!!

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  6. Great project…cart was a super find! One construction suggestion, if I may offer. To avoid the screw holes and wood filler showing on the top there is an easy solution. On the underside of the table top, you can insert the screws from the underside instead of the top. This would require assembly in a slightly different order from what you have displayed in the photos. Rectangle side box built first, lay out the table top on a floor (top down/bottom facing up), place support joists along the underside of the table which is now facing up and screw through supports first, attaching them to the underside of the table top. Attach rectangle side box to 2×4’s, Flip the table top over, set it on the side box and insert screws or nail through side into support joists. Ta-da! No screws on top of the table and no wood filler.

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