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DIY Industrial Side Table

an industrial side table made of reclaimed products.

I've been cleaning the garage and putting things where they belong, kind of boring but a necessity if I want to find the stuff I work with. So, this project was born out of that, organization! ☺

In one of my previous posts I showed you a big pile of wine crates one of our friends gave us.
The one I used for this project wasn't in that picture below, being my favorite, I took it indoors as soon as I brought it home.

The wine crate was the one that gave me the idea of creating a little side table, the other important material, the base and/or legs, came from our old garage door.
Five years ago when we changed the whole door, we asked the installers to leave the angles that were on it. Since that time, they've been stored under a good pile of wood scraps.

I'm going to show you how the whole project went, I'm not going to give you precise table dimensions because it can vary depending on the crate/box you have or the wheels (mine were a thrift store find).

  • 13' Plated slotted angles
  • 5' 1x6 pine
  • 4 wheels
  • 8 5/16 x ¾ Hex head bolts with nuts, split lock washers and tooth lock washers
  • 8 ¼ x ½ Hex head bolts with nuts, split lock washers and tooth lock washers
  • 1 Wooden wine crate (the dimensions for the one I used are 22" x 14" x 4-1/8")
  • 4 Wheels
  • Finishing supplies

  • Measuring tape
  • Square ruler
  • Hacksaw, Jigsaw or BladeRunner with metal blade
  • Saw or miter saw
  • File for metal work
  • Vice grips
  • Drill with metal and wooden bits
  • Gloves and safety glasses


Cut the plated slotted angles to your own dimensions, a total of eight parts were created (4 legs, 2 top supports and 2 lower supports).

I made the cuts with my Rockwell BladeRunner (Aff.), using the metal blade, it was really easy, but after the fourth cut the blade was done (dull) and I had no extras :(  I had to go and finish the remaining parts with a hacksaw. Puff! All that work gave my right arm a good workout. 
The silly thing is, I also have a jigsaw, but just as I was editing the pictures I remembered I could have use those jigsaw blades, they are the same I use with the BladeRunner. :/

You're going to end up with rough cuts, rough corners, use a file for metal to round those corners smooth.

Once you have your parts ready, is time to assemble the base.
Connect all the parts (legs and supports) with the hex head bolts, use the bigger bolts to connect the top supports.

At first, I thought I could simply use the slots the angles come with but they didn't fit quite nicely, the corners wouldn't be neat -"quality control" aka the husband ;) - wouldn't approve of that! 

Use vice grips to hold the corners together, and drill a hole through both parts.
Mark those corners, they all look similar but they ARE different and you can get confused easily.

Time to assemble the base.
I didn't tighten anything at this point because I still wanted to paint it black without painting the bolts. The small bolts where used to attach the lower supports because the wheels also share that same space. 
The 1x6 pine was also cut to size. I would've love to use only one, thicker piece of wood but I worked with what I had.

slotted angles cut and put together to create the base and top support

The space to accommodate the screws were notched out on both wooden ends. Then, holes were drilled on the wood through one of the angle' slots for the wheels to be installed. They have to be installed by pressure, the holes have to be a lot smaller than the diameter of the wheel's base.
One more reason to use a thicker wooden piece is for the wheel's base not to show through.

Finally, placing the crate upside down with the base on it, mark the screw placement.
Do pre-drills.  Then, with the crate and base the right side up, screw both pieces together.

This is how it looked at the end.
Tresr Ferrari Carano wooden wine crate used as side table
There was no need for a screw at the top front, I added it just for looks.

Industrial builds with a ferraro caprano wooden wine crate

This is how it looks inside the house.
complete instructions on how to build an industrial side table

It is hard to come up with a price for this table since I already had most of the materials, the price for the angles is around $25 for the 9', wood for the shelf around $5, the wine crate maybe $20-$30?, the wheels I used were $1/each, but I know if you're going to buy them new is more than that, perhaps $20?, screws would be around $5. Like $80/$85 total without finishing supplies.

The hardest part was dealing with metal, gloves are a necessity. It's good to have a set of extra hands when trying to assemble it.

I hope this can be of help if you give the industrial look a try.

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  1. Cristina love that, the best part is you used what you had (for the most part) and made such a beautiful, useful piece. Great build.

  2. My husband has an old drill-press table made similar to that with the angles and bolts. I never thought about making a table in the same style. Yours turned out great!

  3. I knew you'd make something wonderful with these crates! I can't wait to see more of your ideas Cristina! Love this one for sure!!!!!

  4. This is so awesome! I love it, and that you made it with what you had. You are so inspiring Cristina!

  5. Very cute! I see those crates all the time. That's such a good idea!

  6. Wow, I love this look. I have a hard time throwing any old bits and pieces away, I just never know when they might come in handy. Great job. Found you at Funky Junk Interiors.

  7. I love it! I have a wine crate with lid that I found in Italy last year. It has been sitting on top of a vintage suitcase...but...

  8. I can't believe you made that from a garage door. That is awesome! How I would love a wine crate or two! Way to go girl!

  9. I store way too much for when I come up with a plan, but it always turns out pretty good! I love how your table turned out! Now if I come across these items I may have to store them too!!!

  10. Un trabajo increíble, con un resultado inmejorable, felicidades!!

  11. Oh wow Cristina, I absolutely love this, I'd so like to own it !

  12. I love this table. Such a clever way to use the crates.

  13. Guauu casi me pierdo esta entrada Cristina ,, como me gusta esa mesita sobretodo esas patas que le dan un carácter industrial !,

  14. Simply amazing! First, how many people ask the garage door guys to leave parts (knowing you are going to use them!), second, that you figured out how to build the table and third that you could cut and drill what you needed to! I am in awe! Simply wonderful and amazing! You could sell these (if you had more parts)!

  15. Such a creative idea. So fun!

  16. WOW! This is seriously amazing Cristina! I'm super impressed- pinning!

  17. TYou are so creative!! I love this table.

  18. Such a cool way to repurpose materials, Cristina! It looks awesome!

  19. Such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

  20. I just love how you repurposed the metal from an old garage door! Great project!

  21. Oh my goodness...I love how you already had everything already in your's very neat. Thanks so much for sharing it at my party this week.


  22. Oh my gosh this is amazing! Love the mixture of rustic and industrial, such an awesome piece! I'd love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog right now, Hope to see you there!

  23. I love the industrial look of the table. You are so talented. All of your projects are always so inspiring.

  24. Love this look! Amazing! I am pinning this to show my husband! I want one!

  25. I think I'm in love with your blog. The way you put these ideas together is very exciting and when I'm here I'm so happy.
    Thank you for doing what you do. Gonna go post your blog address on my FB page.

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  26. Very detailed instructions on this. That's a lot of work and thank you for that. The vintage finish was exquisite! I love how the piece is part shabby-chic part industrial. f your looking for wine crates or boxes for a future project visit Winepine -

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