I had some store credit at REStore that was going to expire within the week, so I made Mary Jean and Monica come with me to help me decide how to spend it. We looked at a variety of items:
THEN, Monica spotted a treasure! An old warehouse cart. Unfortunately they’ve become popular (don’t you hate it when things you like become popular?) and even Restoration Hardware sells them, but I’ve always wanted one for a coffee table. The ones at Restoration Hardware are on sale for $890 – this one was less ($175).
It was made by the Nutting Truck and Caster Company. The official name is a “semi-live skid”, and it is made for use in large dairies, warehouses, and manufacturing plants. The “semi-live” term comes from the fact it has 2 wheels on one end and 2 legs on the other. In order to move the skid you attach a “skid jack” (a gizmo that has a long handle and 2 wheels) to the end. Mine does not have the skid jack. The REStore guy said that he believed this skid originally came from a furniture warehouse in Bellingham, WA.
After loading it into the trusty Subaru, we brought it home. It required some cleaning.
First I cleaned up the wood by sanding with an random orbital sander until I realized how dirty it actually was. Then I scrubbed it with a nylon brush and wood-wash – that helped. It also raised the grain, so I sanded it again. Then I put on a wood conditioner (Daly’s Benite) and an oil based finish (Daly’s Profin). The wood darkened considerably, which I am still getting used to.
Then I cleaned up the wheels – they were caked with grease and dirt. After getting most of the gunk off with a rag, I scraped the hard stuff off with a screwdriver. I got the same sense of satisfaction that a dental hygienist probably gets when he/she scrapes tartar off someone’s teeth. I used lacquer thinner and a rag to get the last bit of oil/grease off the metal. To make the metal look less “dried out” I rubbed on some 3 in 1 oil with a clean rag.
There you have it – I saved $715! Next we need to re-finish these old painted fir floors – maybe that will be a Hammer Like a Girl Project – more likely (and hopefully) it will be a job for a professional floor finisher!
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