What middle-aged guy or gal hasn’t peered in the Restoration Hardware window at the mall and not found a couple of cool-looking pieces of furniture that’d look great at home? But damn, those folks are proud of what they sell. Take, for example, this “furniture factory cart” described as “an early 1900s industrial original once used to transport furniture, fabric and supplies across the factory floor. Yeah, it’s pseudovintage cool. But $1095? Be serious.
Oh wait. You’ll need to click the link in the paragraph above to see the wallet-raping Restoration Hardware version. The one you see pictured above is the version TM reader StevenWP built at home for $80. Read on to find out how.
To build his own vintage-cool warehouse cart coffee table, Stephen built a wooden cart out of 1×6 pine boards, joining everything with pocket holes, staining it to his (and his wife’s) taste. He cut the wheel centeres from 3/16″ plate with his plasma cutter, then build his own end wheels out of some cannibalized casters and scrap steel. Then he blasted the parts, cleaned ’em up, and installed.
Check out his blog post for details, lots more photos, and most of all, for a reminder as to why shops like Restoration Hardware should serve as inspiration for your own creations — not a place to empty your wallet.
Reproduction Antique Warehouse Cart [ShopNGarage]