Vintage Factory Cart

Good morning! I know I should be posting about Christmas and all the tree trimming and cookie baking that is going on, but right now, I just wanted to tell you about my cart!

Remember my dream list? The one that includes things like a vintage scale, a vintage factory cart, old doors, barn wood, yada, yada…well, I get to cross one of them off the list!

I drove into the abyss on the coldest day of the year so far and found this thing buried in the back of a farmers storage area…outside…it was not in good shape, but the wheels were worth it!




I was hoping to salvage the wood, but it was rotten all the way through. So, I measured everything and then chopped it all up with my saws-all.

I had the lumber yard cut up some cedar to the exact measurements I needed for the frame.

The I put the frame together and attached all the metal ends with new bolts. Four trips to the hardware store for bolts. Nice.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with the top, I consulted my woodworking buddy at Rubbish Reborne and he gave me a few ideas.
I headed over to Menards and laid out all sorts of wood and measured on the floor so I didn’t have too much or not enough.
Then I brought it all home and attached it with my nail gun. The only thing I wish I would have done differently was to round out the edges a bit instead of them being so ‘perfect’ but I’ll live and I’m sure it will get distressed enough with the boys around. I measured them out by eyeballing it. I put the two end pieces on first and then put all the other wood in randomly and spaced it with my eyeballs. After I attached them, I waxed the whole thing.


We had to wait to bring it in until the new wheel came, so it sat in the garage for a few days. The second I got it in the mail, I wiped it down and attached it.
Then, that night I asked Tom to help me bring it in.


The wheels are uneven because when it is actually used as a factory cart it is easier to move, so we are going to level them out, but other than that, it is done!
And I LOVE it! Let me know if you have any questions!