No. 36 {factory cart}

August 7, 2012

A while back, while vis­it­ing an old friend, Nathan dis­cov­ered an entire col­lec­tion of fac­tory carts. That might not exactly explain how we found them, but lets just say there are many more where this one came from. Crazy, right? We had no inten­tion of get­ting into restor­ing fac­tory carts, but these had such beau­ti­ful poten­tial that we had to try our hand at it. No. 36 is our first attempt…and I am in love…508 factory cart restoration, No. 36

After much research, we real­ized there are vary­ing lev­els of restora­tion that you can do using var­i­ous meth­ods. We decided that we wanted to be very thor­ough in our restora­tion, but not change the char­ac­ter that the piece had acquired over time in the wood or in the iron.
508 factory cart restoration, No. 36

Nathan deserves all the credit here. He fully dis­as­sem­bled the cart…taking the time to keep all the orig­i­nal nails for the wood and all the orig­i­nal bolts for the iron.

After tak­ing off all the iron parts and clean­ing them thor­oughly, he then sealed them with a clear wax. Many have restored their carts with a black wax to make the iron pop…but we loved the indus­trial aged look that the clear wax gave. You can see here a HUGE dif­fer­ence in the before and after…and how beau­ti­ful the iron is even with out the black tint added…

508 factory cart, no. 36 {before}
508 factory cart, no. 36
508 factory cart restoration, No. 36

As for the wood, he was care­ful enough to save each & every orig­i­nal nail as he took the cart apart. Once the wood was bare, he sanded each board to get all the dirt, paint and splin­ters off. He was care­ful to get the boards nice and smooth, but not sand so much that it took away all the vari­a­tions in the wood. Again, you can go fur­ther than this, sand­ing the wood much more…but this cart was very much USED in its lifetime…we didn’t want to take it back to look­ing brand new again. That is called “tak­ing the cool-ness away”. Our very pro­fes­sional opinion.

508 factory cart restoration, No. 36 before

508 factory cart restoration, No. 36

508 factory cart restoration, No. 36

And finally…because my hus­band is so smart…he added “kick­stands”. The side wheels do come down to the floor, but we raised them in the image below so you can see. These kick stands lock into place to make the piece sturdy for use…but can be flipped back under eas­ily to move the piece. He dis­tressed and stained the wood on the stands so they wouldn’t stand out too much. The cart is plenty sturdy with just the wheels but we like this addi­tion, espe­cially for use as a cof­fee table. Pretty cool, no?

508 factory cart restoration, No. 36

508 factory cart restoration, No. 36

Fac­tory carts are every­where, but I am still so much in love with this!! We plan to sell this one to see how it does…and of course do one for ourselves!

SO, if you like this one and would like us to do more…let us know!! This par­tic­u­lar one {No. 36} will be up in the shop in the next day or so…I just have to ver­ify that it isn’t already spo­ken for. The cost on these will all be $675 plus ship­ping {or if you live close enough to the Lynch­burg VA area, let us know}.


508 factory cart restoration, No. 36





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  • So gorge!!!

  • Mom

    Wow, it came out incred­i­ble, unique for a cof­fee table or dis­play table. LOVE IT!

  • Beau­ti­ful!  

  • Tucker

    Great look­ing cart! I bought one for our liv­ing room last week­end and we’re super excited to get it cleaned up. How did yall fin­ish the wood? I was think­ing of using Howard’s but I’m won­der­ing if I should seal it with poly or something.

    • fiveoeight

      Howards is always a good choice for sure. Poly would work or if you want a more matte fin­ish, try clear fur­ni­ture wax.

  • Rachel

    I adore the fact that you left the wheels with a bit of char­ac­ter and didn’t tinted them black or spray paint on them. Did u use clear fur­ni­ture wax on them too or a spe­cial clear metal wax?

    • fiveoeight

      Clear Fid­des Supreme Wax Polish

  • Jonathan

    This looks amaz­ing! I have a question…what did your hus­band use to clean the wheels and hard­ware? Thanks!

  • Alaina Con­nor

    Hello! I just stum­bled upon your site while research­ing cart restora­tion myself…I recently got myself into the fac­tory cart busi­ness after pur­chas­ing 20 of them (dirt cheap) from a local seed fac­tory that was going out of busi­ness …and got a wide vari­ety of con­di­tions and fin­ishes on them …I love the way you kept the orig­i­nal patina on every­thing and was won­der­ing …what is the best tip you can give me that you learned in the process of restor­ing your carts? Some­thing you wish you knew before you started that would have made the process much eas­ier?? I would really appre­ci­ate any info you can give me! Thanks so much!

  • brett pearce

    What fin­ish didn’t you apply to the wood? Stain, poly, thung oil?

    • Nathan_at_508

      Clear Fid­des Supreme Wax Polish


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