I started drinking coffee at the young age of 11 while we were living in the cold country of Romania. It was just about the only hot drink available to us, but I haven’t looked back since. I love coffee! So, it stands to reason that I love coffee tables. These are the most creative and functional element in living rooms all across the world. They can be as subdued or fantastical as a person desires as they take center stage.
I won’t bore you with the story of our $35 garage sale pick up that filled the place of a coffee table for the first year of living in this house, but just know, it wasn’t all that great. It did its job and looked alright, I guess, but it didn’t have the statement or wow factor I was looking for. So, I decided to make one. I’m loving the industrial/farmhouse look that is becoming so popular in home, so when I saw Shanty 2 Chic’s tutorial for this one, I had to make it.
You wouldn’t believe how easy this build was! The only difficulty was that the boards are hefty and thick which can hamper maneuverability when you have a child and puppy playing at your feet. Give yourself about 3-4 hours and $125 to make this gorgeous DIY Industrial Cart Coffee Table.
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- Four 8” diameter cast iron caster wheels (Fixed or swivel)*
- Two 2x8x8’ Untreated lumber
- Two 2x6x8’ Untreated lumber
- One 2x4x96” premium studs
- Kreg 2-1/2-Inch Pocket Hole Screws*
- 2” Wood Screws
- Rustoleum black spray paint*
- Stain (I used Minwax Special Walnut)*
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- Two 2x8x8’ cut into four 45” sections (table top)
- Two 2x6x8’ cut into two 48” sections and two 29” sections (skirt)
- 2x4x10’ cut into four 29” sections
I usually like to work with one tool at a time, so when I get out my saw, I do all the cuts, when I get out my Kreg Jig, I do all the pocket holes, and so on. It’s more efficient this way. So, to start, let’s make our cuts.
A miter saw would be a better tool for this, but I only have a circular saw, which was perfectly adequate.
Now, let’s do all our pocket holes. There is an excellent illustration for this on Rogue Engineer, which is a really cool site for build plans that I just discovered.
Once your pocket holes are drilled, get that handy clamp that came with your Kreg Jig and start fusing the table top boards together. Is there anything more satisfying than a pocket hole screw sinking into place perfectly?
I had one board that was pretty warped (that’s what I get for playing the damsel in distress at the lumber yard and letting the men that work there do all the heavy lifting) and, try as I might, I could not get the thing to straighten out. If you have the same problem, don’t worry, I love that the finished product has so much character!
Next, attach the skirt to the top by starting with the long side. Make sure you leave 2 inches of space on both ends of the table.
Then, add the short side of the skirt. A right angle clamp would have been useful for this project, but I didn’t have one.
Next, you’ll want to screw in one of your 2×4 supports with 2” wood screws. Since these are what the wheels are going to sit on, don’t secure the second ones until you know the exact measurements of the plates. Since mine were being shipped I had to wait a few days for this step. I used my time efficiently and did the stain for the top in the meantime.
Once you get your wheels take a moment to revel in the sheer awesomeness of them…at least, that’s what I did. Then, take them outside to give them a lovely black coat using Rustoleum black glossy finish spray paint.
Now you can add those second 2x4s with pocket holes and go ahead and attach the wheels.
At this point, I sanded over the stained surface of the top to give it a distressed look and to try to lighten up the color of the stain which I let sit too long before wiping away. I also took a hammer to the surface for some added character.
Get someone strong to help you carry this beastly table into your home. Then, just sit back, have a cup of coffee and enjoy your beautiful new DIY Industrial Coffee table.
I’ve had this table in our living room for about a week and I still have to give a little squeal of excitement when I walk into the room. It’s stunning and ridiculously functional. I hadn’t even thought of the fact that because I can wheel it around, I can now vacuum underneath it with ease! It’s so easy to move that even my 18 month old can do it…which might not be the best thing.
Do you want a beautiful living room, but are missing that extra “Wow” factor? The coffee table is a great opportunity to make a huge statement for very little cost and this industrial cart table is the perfect beginner DIY project. Below is an image to Pin:
Another way to make a big statement in your living room is with sofa slipcovers, which you can read about in these posts: An Honest Review of Target’s Shabby Sofa Slipcover and How to Put a Sofa Slipcover on so it Fits Just Right.