Factory Cart Clone

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Project by Mike001 posted 02-10-2011 02:27 AM 3341 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Niece wanted a coffee table and liked the antique Factory Carts available from various places… prices ranged from $600 to 800 plus…! I saw a clone in popular woodworking magazine and this is my “variation on a theme.” I used wormy/ambrosia maple because it looked old and I got the wheels from an industrial parts supplier. The secondary wood is poplar. The finish is amber shellac wiped on…sanded and wiped with successive thinner coats. Briwax on top. The technique blended the ambrosia maple’s contrasting grains into an antique look that came out like I wanted. The posts in the corners where leftover white oak 2x stock.

-- "Always with Honor"

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 03:12 AM

Nice idea. My daughter’s been bugging me for one, but I haven’t tried it yet. The ambrosia maple really looks the part. Nice job!

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 03:31 AM

Hey Mike,
Nice designed strong Cart…good job.

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 06:17 AM

Really cool! How tall is it?

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 11:58 AM

Nice job! Looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 01:15 PM

Nice job. Handy to be able to push a coffee table along the room!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 04:25 PM

Thanks for the comments. The casters are about 8”, the sides are 6” and the top is 3/4 so total hight is about 15.” My Neice has two boys and a girl…hope it doesn’t turn into a bumper cart carnival ride!!

-- "Always with Honor"

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 11:25 PM

Sounds like fun for the hole family. nice job!

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#8 posted 02-10-2011 11:47 PM

Very cool wheels. I looked at one of these in an expesive furniture store & wondered where I could find similar wheels. Very neat project.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 11-11-2012 01:40 AM

What supplier did you get the wheels from? Great project btw…

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 07:24 PM

Wheels are from Grainger. They were becoming hard to find a while back.

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