Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Furniture Design | 0 comments

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This Old Factory Cart

There’s a story about the factory cart pictured above, but I’ll get to that in a minute. So…what’s SO special about these early 1900’s old factory carts anyways. Well for me it’s pretty simple as it seems to be for a lot of people. Beyond the fact that they just look great, it’s the idea of re-purposing something once useful into something presently useful that has a lot of history that has such a magnetic charm. Whether you keep the original rustic wood top or add something new for a top like a granite or limestone slab or a tempered 3/8” glass top so you can see the restored inside as well (looks awesome BTW) the interesting contrast between wood and cast iron just is kinda like a functional old sculpture.  

  So, the story for the factory cart in the pictures above started the usual way. We were referred to the designer by a friend who did extensive work at the property and asked if we’d be interested in re-conditioning an old factory cart for the clients use – this is where it got a little different – to be used outdoors by the fireplace near the pool. “Uhhhmmm, Ya…I would love to work with you on that” said I. Before I could say it they suggested IPE but only to replace the top at first. “It would be better to do the whole thing in IPE actually so it weathers the same, and I promise it will look amazing”, said I. “Sounds great”, said they. So there we were, about to do our first OUTDOOR factory cart. It was a crazy good idea especially when after a site visit and short tour I was filled in on the yet to be completed flagstone pool decking, IPE feature path and timber frame pergola, not to mention the now partly finished natural stone wall and 16’+ foot high limestone slab fireplace. I knew this area was going to be so great and well, it really turned out even better. And our humble little part of that awesome space fits in so well…like a glove!

Factory Cart Pricing

Carts are available in the following shape/condition:

As Is” – $400

As IsSmall wheels adjusted – $450

Wood ONLY cleaned & sanded$500

Wood AND metal cleaned & sanded$625

Completely finished & clear coated – $755

3/8”inch Glass Top + wood top removed$1075

*Shipping/delivery costs are extra*

So we got to work on the cart… We stripped it of its original old wood top which was in really bad shape and sides which were in the usual average condition and replaced all the wood for the tops and sides/frame with IPE. Honestly, I didn’t want to hand it over it was so beautiful. It sits now in front of the stunning outdoor fireplace. The owners of the gorgeous home graciously let me show off this one of a kind factory cart coffee table on location…thanks Katie and Walt.

Frankly, today’s throw away mentality really bugs me – a lot –  but thanks to people with the ability to see beyond what something IS to what it COULD BE – these well-designed relics of the past live again, a beautiful mixture of colors and textures and function that fit so many home decor styles…hey maybe that’s why you see them everywhere. Antique factory carts are here to stay as a non-fad furniture piece. Make no mistake, pro designers and savvy homeowners everywhere are putting the ‘factory cart table’ front and center – in their living rooms, studies, dens, family rooms and yes – YES,…even outside.   So put a piece of history in your den or living room or outdoor space. Buy one of our beautiful restored antique factory carts and enjoy the past all over again.

PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE PLACING YOUR ORDER

PLACING AN ORDER

 How to be assured your order is processed:

An order must be accompanied by a 50% deposit. Without a deposit the request is not placed in the order que. A properly placed order is followed by a confirmation email for your records. Once the order has been filled and the product is ready for shipping full payment is required. After receiving payment in full your order is shipped and a tracking number is emailed to you for your records.

SIZE OPTIONS

Stock dimensions:

Typical stock dimensions are 28”in. wide x 54”in. long x 16”in. high. Dimensions are approximate as cart sizes vary.

Non-Original cart Dimensions:

You need the cart to be a few inches shorter, longer, wider, narrower…NO PROBLEM! Shrinking or enlarging carts can be done to your specifications. Enlarging the cart size requires new materials but shrinking the dimensions from the original size can often be done while still using the authentic materials. A small customizing fee of $125.00 will be required. We will quote each request individually. A small change may be covered by the customizing fee whereas a larger change will be priced according to our discretion and only once a deposit has been received. (This is repeated in the “SPECIAL ORDERS” section below as well)

STAINS & COLORS

 Standard wood stain shades or Vivid colors – it’s your choice :

We offer a wide variety of stain colors in both wood tones as well as bold COLORIZING stains. We use ECO-friendly water based stains with maximum absorbency for vivid color and longevity. All stains are then top coated with low sheen water based commercial clear coat thus preserving the wood and color integrity. To view the base color choices CLICK HERE.

AVAILABLE WOOD TYPES

 Ordering original carts in specific species:

Carts were originally made from Maple, Hickory, Oak and Elm. We do not take orders for specific species as the chances of finding a match are minimal. If a specific species is required we can fill that need though – see “SPECIAL ORDERS”

SPECIAL ORDERS

 SPECIAL ORDER wood species choices:

We will build you a custom cart in the wood species of your choice using the original cast iron hardware. Details can vary according to your needs. The following wood species are available for custom cart re-construction:

MAHOGANY – JATOBA – BLACK CHERRY – CURLY MAPLE – TIGER MAPLE – RED OAK – BLACK WALNUT – ASH –DOUGLAS  FIR – ZEBRANO – IPE – BLOODWOOD

Changing cart Dimensions:

Sometimes you need the cart to be a few inches shorter, longer, wider, narrower…NO PROBLEM! Shrinking or enlarging carts can be done to your specifications. Enlarging the cart size requires new materials but shrinking the dimensions from the original size can often be done while still using the authentic materials. A small customizing fee of $125.00 will be required. We will quote each request individually. A small change may be covered by the customizing fee whereas a larger change will be priced according to our discretion and only once a deposit has been received. (This is repeated in the “SIZE OPTIONS” section above as well) 

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