DIY: Factory Cart Coffee Table

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.

Materials Needed: (2) 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Boards, (4) 1″ x 6″ x 8′ Boards, Caster Wheels, 2″ Screws, 1-1/4″ Screws, Wood Glue, Wood Filler, Sandpaper, Primer, Paint/Stain, Paint Brush


Cut List:

(4) 1″ x 2″ @ 44″ – Supports

(12) 1″ x 6″ @ 23-1/2″ – Tops, Ends, and Under Supports

(2) 1″ x 6″ @ 45-1/2″ – Sides


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.

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: Caster Wheels
Attach your caster wheels to the supports as shown above with screws.  5″ casters are shown but you can also use any size caster of your choice.

Step 6: Fill any holes with wood filler, then sand and finish as desired.  Paint caster wheels to give them a more rustic look.


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