Factory Cart Clone

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Project by Mike001 posted 1288 days ago 2428 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 1288 days ago

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 1288 days ago

Hey Mike,
Nice designed strong Cart…good job.

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#3 posted 1288 days ago

Really cool! How tall is it?

-- Create something everyday.

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#4 posted 1288 days ago

Nice job! Looks great.

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

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#5 posted 1288 days ago

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

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 1288 days ago

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 1287 days ago

Sounds like fun for the hole family. nice job!

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#8 posted 1287 days ago

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 648 days ago

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 647 days ago

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

-- "Always with Honor"

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