I chose the Factory Cart Coffee Table from the October 2010 Popular Woodworking “I can do that” series as my second woodworking project after the sawhorses. I love the idea/design of the table so it was a no brainer. I ordered the Kreg K3 Master System jig for the pocket holes for the project. I also purchased a 5” Random Orbital Sander as well. I mounted the jig on a 2 foot piece of 3/4” plywood so it would be secure. I cut the pieces for the frame with my circular saw, and bashed the faces I chose for facing outwards on my patio to give them some wear/distress marks. Then I assembled the frame.
Then I began cutting the 1×6 top pieces, and began laying them on the frame to get an idea of how it will look. It looked nice, but too uniform. The wood I bought was already surfaced on all sides, so I will need to distress them fairly heavily to get the look I want.
I decided to cut up some 1×3s to use to break up the look of the top. I think it looks much better this way.
So, the next step is to order and install the casters, distress the top pieces and assemble, stencil the side with “MONROE MFG” or something similar on the sides, and finish. I will update with my progress. Man, I am really enjoying this hobby!