DIY Factory Cart Coffee Table

I’m so excited to share this coffee table with you guys today! I love, love, love factory cart coffee tables but they aren’t exactly budget friendly.

Open Concept Family Room

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I had a specific design in mind for a special place so I hit-up our friend Jamison, a.k.a Rogue Engineer, to whip some printable plans up so we could share this easy and affordable build with you guys!

You can find the plans HERE over at Rogue Engineer and we’ve got the step-by-step tutorial for you to follow along with as well!

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After I cut the boards for the planked top, I drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes and attached them with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Then, I attached the short side pieces with pocket holes screws and wood glue. (I lost several of my tutorial pictures so this is not the exact table top but it is assembled the same way). Short sides first, then I attached the long pieces.

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I flipped it over and attached the first 2×4 braces to each end with 2 1/2″ wood screws. I like to use the Spax multi-material star head screws. They are a bit pricey but oh.so.worth.it. They are self tapping, so you don’t have to predrill and the star head doesn’t strip as easily!

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Next, I added the second set of 2×4 braces. You attach these with pocket hole screws.

That was IT for building πŸ™‚ Now for the finish!

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I applied one coat of Varathane Dark Walnut stain. Just wipe it on with a clean cloth, wait about 5 minutes, then wipe it with a new clean cloth. Don’t wipe the stain off, just blend it with the cloth so that the stain is even.

Varathane Triple Thick

After the stain dried (about 1 hour later), I applied one coat of Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane. Just apply it with a bristle brush. You can put it on thick, it is self leveling and will all spread out evenly. I use a bristle brush – it will look like glue until it dries.

Now for the fun part πŸ™‚

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I purchased these 8″ casters from Northern Tool. You can see them HERE! These were the closest thing to budget-friendly, factory cart wheels that I could find and I think they are just perfect!

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I also picked up these little hex screws and 6″ Simpson Strong Ties from Home Depot – super inexpensive! You can see the Strong Ties HERE. I spray painted the casters, screws and Strong Ties with Rust-oleum, satin black, spray paint and that was it!

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I attached the Strong Ties with the little hex screws.

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Lumber, hardware and casters totaled about $100! Can’t beat that!!! I can’t wait to show you where this cutie is going – but that will have to wait for now πŸ˜‰ Thanks again to Rogue Engineer for the FREE Printable Plans! Check him out! He has a ton of awesome DIY’s he’s been up to πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

~Ashley

Check out this video to build this DIY Rolling Storage Coffee Table!

  • The Farmerette

    LOVE!

  • Sandra Ludolph

    How could you make this a taller table and not so low to the ground?

  • Tammy

    I love your work! Absolutely love the cart table but I am actually wondering about the console table in the first picture with the cart in your living room. The table with the round baskets underneath. Do you have plans for that table? I have been searching on your site and can’t seem to find it, hoping I missed it because I really want to make that one! Thanks!

  • Nick

    Do you find that you have to sometimes apply a second coat of the Triple Thick? I just finished my table and it seems that the wood just soaked up the poly. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Thanks.

  • Mackenzie Elizabeth Crabbe

    My husband built me a coffee table using these plans, but added some customization to it. This is how it turned out and I LOVE it! Thanks for the idea and the instructions!. πŸ™‚

  • Shirley

    I have finished my factory cart table and would like to share this with you. How do I go about doing that?

  • Taylor

    First off I love these carts and have been wanting to make one for months! So excited!! But have you had any problems with the spray paint on the wheels rubbing off at all. I have a white rug that the cart would be placed on. Worried it might get ruined?!

    • The spray paint will chip off if you roll it around on a hard surface, like concrete. I have the table on my carpet and it isn’t rubbing off at all. Hope this helps!

  • Shirley

    Hi I was wondering if you could tell me if you used a “gloss” or “satin” on the poly? Thank you! I love this project! I love a lot of your plans and can’t wait to make more!

  • Ka Lee

    Best project I’ve built this year by Shanty 2 Chic! These ladies are awesome, and to think I didn’t own a single tool this time last year!

    • Rachel Massey

      I like how your coloring came out. How did you achieve that look?

      • Misti Beal

        It looks like she stained the wood then sanded the middle, lighter areas before applying the poly.

  • Rebecca

    Does the polyurethane make it smooth? I have kids and dogs and I need to be able to wipe it off.

    • Yes! Use the Triple Thick poly. I use it on all of my table tops and I can wipe them clean πŸ™‚

  • Diana

    Will you 2 be traveling to other states to do remodels/your show? We live in Arizona and would LOVE to have you come do our home! Diana

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  • Jess B.

    Just finished! Followed the instructions and it turned out great! Little trial and error for some, since I’ve never done something quite like this. Wheels were by far the most expensive part but compared to how much these tables usually cost, it’s totally worth it. Thanks Shanty 2 chic! Can’t wait to build something else!

  • Whitney Payne

    Im sure there is a way you could make the top of this one continuous piece instead of having the planks… What kind of lumbar would you suggest for that? I currently have a planked top coffee table and its so hard to keep the edges clean! Wanting to build this but with a smooth surface of possible. Thanks!!

    • Hi Whitney! Yes, that’s easy, you can have a sheet of 3/4 Purebond plywood ripped down to put in its place. You will still need to trim the edges like this table but you won’t have the planks. Hope this helps!

  • CK

    Love the dark stain but would love to transfer a logo/lettering to the sides; any ideal how and have it show?

    • Thanks! You could use a stencil with a dry brush technique over the stain!

  • Tammy Strate Colebrook

    I just ordered my wheels and am so excited to make this piece!!! I do however, find it hard to believe that it only cost you $100 to make it. As I said, I just ordered my wheels and my total, just for the wheels was $117. That, of course, was with S&H and tax, but, I feel when you tell people how much it cost you to make it, you should count all those things in so it is an actual cost and we are prepared for how much it is ACTUALY going to cost us to make it. Just a little advice. Love all your ideas and am so excited to start my project!!!

    • Thanks! I did share how much it cost me to make it πŸ™‚ as you said, there are many factors involved and each person has unique factors. It would be impossible to give a different scenario of cost for each individual. I shared the cost of mine, not to deceive anyone but as a way to gauge the cost. Lumber cost also varies by location. I purchased the casters for $19.99 (picked up at the store). The corner pieces were about $6 total and lumber was about $12. Total before tax was $98 and I said “about” $100. Sorry for the confusion and best of luck on your build!

  • Hello! I just found your blog and have already print out a bunch of your free plans, how AWESOME!! I’m totally stoked.
    So here’s my question for you. My fiancee and I are totally NEW to all this wood work/DIY stuff and have a TON of projects on the list. We have a few projects we need to knock out for our wedding so we just invested in a Kobalt 15amp 10″ table saw. We must have been at the store for an hour and a half trying to decide between the 15amp 10″ Miter and this saw. We settled ont he table because it came WITH a table and it ended up saving us about $100. However, now that we’ve looked into a lot of these projects we’re wondering if we should have gone with the Miter? I was hoping you could shed a little light on what’s best for a newbie as well as which saw would be used more frequently. We wouldnt mind spending more knowing we’d get a better quality cut / more use out of it in the end.

    Thanks for any tips! You’ve got me hooked and totally excited for our home upgrades!

    Sarah

    • Shirley

      I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth of advice because I do a lot of woodworking myself. I use my miter saw more than any other saw I own, however, I use my table saw, scroll saw, hand saws, and small circular saw as well as a jig saw quite often as well. If you are going to be doing a lot of building just get them when you need them and eventually you will have everything you need. If you are going to be doing any amount of sanding, don’t buy the most expensive sanders. I go through them quickly. I do a lot of repurposing which usually means lots of sanding. Good luck with your projects!

  • Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing, Paula πŸ™‚

  • Liliana Hernandez

    Me encanta! Saludos desde MΓ©xico
    I loved! Greetings from MΓ©xico

    • Thank you, Liliana! Happy to have you πŸ™‚

  • Just found your site through Pinterest. The number of home improvement projects here are quite impressive. Cool coffee table, by the way.

  • Traci Rickert

    I would love to know how you achieved the dark antique stain on your hardware/wheels…love this and thanks!

    • Thanks traci! I lost the picture of the process but I did mention that I used a spray paint!

  • Melanie

    Love this, but I have a toddler! How would you make this taller, and I assume HD or Lowes carries locking casters?
    Such easy plans.. Even I could do this one!!

    • Hi Melanie,
      They do carry locking casters and I agree, I wouldn’t have them not locking with a toddler. The table is very heavy and could roll. It doesn’t roll easily but better safe than sorry. I’m not sure on making it taller. These cadets are 8″ and the hardware stores don’t have wheels that tall. You could use wider boards – the side bards are 2×8. If you go 2×10 or 2×12 it will be even heavier so I do suggest using 1x boards. Hope this helps!

  • I love your projects! You always inspire me and help me add things to my to do list! πŸ˜‰

  • Rafidah Rahmat

    Can I know how u mount the wheels to the table?

    • Flat Banana

      The top of the wheel has four holes for screws.

    • Yes, four screws with washers πŸ™‚ I lost so many tutorial pictures.

  • Debbie

    I love it! Thanks for sharing!