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Beautiful coffee table made from old cart Answered

This coffee table is a great reuse of an old wooden cart. Basically all the wood was replaced and the metal parts were cleaned up to create a pretty stunning piece. Makes me want to take a trip out to Urban Ore and do some digging around.

before & after: drawers + coffee table + bike makeovers

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dolabil66 (author)2010-04-24
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bethmwl (author)2010-04-24
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jdtwelve12 (author)2010-04-22

This is so beautiful, I have no doubt that someone will soon start mass-producing them... I predict it will appear in the Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn catalog by Christmas...sigh.

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They already have it at Restoration Hardware. Found this after someone mentioned it on facebook.

factory cart

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Ha!  Well, I am gratified at least that it's not a 100% newly produced item.  The one you posted strikes a much nicer balance between rustic authenticity and contemporary style than the RH one does.

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ourmoneypit (author)2010-04-22

Very nicely done.  I love seeing industrial things repurposed like this.

Depending on how bad the corrosion was and their access to processes, they may have used sandblasting on the metal, or elbow grease.  I think there's a relatively new process out that causes the rust to precipitate off/out into a solution as well, if I remember rightly.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2010-04-22

That id really beautiful, You can't fault them for replacing the wood, some of that old salvage lumber can have some scary chemical contamination.

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Check out the close-up of the wheels, too. Just added a picture of those.

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Looks like the smaller wheels were repositioned, too.  Nice!

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jeff-o (author)2010-04-22

Fantastic work.  I wonder how they cleaned up the metal?  Wire bristle brush, electrolysis, or some other method?  Maybe both?

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