Lineberry Factory Cart: A Week Long Obsession

I am a huge Craigslist’s list fan.  I browse several categories each morning while sipping coffee.  Last Saturday morning, I saw an ad titled “Restored Antique Factory Cart Table”.  I was curious, so I clicked.

American industrial cart from the Lineberry foundry in Wilksboro, NC. This is 100% authentic and NOT a reproduction.
I have properly leveled the cart so there is no wobble. This piece features the original cast iron hardware and beautiful oak wood. It has really nice rustic features that are impossible to replicate with newer reproductions. The dimensions are 53″long x 28″ wide x 16″tall. This cart weighs 160lbs. and is very solid.
This cart would make the perfect coffee table or side table and can blend with any decor. It has been reconditioned with great care and is ready for use.

Restored Lineberry Factory Cart

Initially I liked the idea of repurposing a vintage piece and was really intrigued by the industrial, yet, warm feel of the cart.  I continued browsing the ads, then went about my normal weekend routine.  However, every time I was on the computer, I found myself researching more about the history of these carts.  And that’s when the true obsession began!

I discovered that many of these carts were manufactured by the Lineberry Company in Wilksboro, NC in the early 1900’s.  These beautiful carts were originally used in railroad depots for transporting trunks, and were later used in furniture factories for moving large pieces from one specialist artisan to the next.

I was hooked – I fell in love with the history behind these carts and I knew that I had to have one.  A week later, with my husband by my side (he’s simply awesome, plus he’s great at lifting heavy things…remember these carts are 160+ lbs), we drove an hour and half to “just take a look” at the cart I saw on Craigslist.

…and now it’s in our living room!!

Factory Cart becomes Coffee Table

You can even see the Lineberry stamp in the wheels!


I love the patina of the hardware.

Hardware: Right-Side


Hardware - Left Side

We love our new coffee table!  It looks fantastic, serves it’s purpose, and is a true piece of American history.

Oil-rubbed Oak Wood

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  1. jason said: Jun 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I love the cart, i recently came across one i got for free and i’m stumped on how to level out the cart without ruining it! any advice on how i should go about this? i can send you a picture of the cart if you like. thanks jason

  2. Becca Beasley said: Jun 26, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Thanks Jason! So glad you found one :-) My cart was already level when I purchased it. However, we have been able to make adjustments using an allen wrench at both wheels on either end of the cart. You might give that a try. Good luck!!

  3. J said: Aug 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    My great grandfather was the owner of this foundry, Charles Frances Lineberry. Story goes he was a really hard worker but towards the end of his life he had a heart attack. He was talked into hiring a ex-football player to do all of the heavy lifting around the foundry and Charles was to do the paper work. Well, he hired the ex-football player and he did all of the paperwork and my great grandfather went right back to work on the foundry floor. I believed he died working. Hope some additional background adds to the enjoyment of your table.

  4. Becca Beasley said: Aug 21, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Thanks for sharing Jeff! I am still totally smitten with our cart…it has become quite the “conversation” piece. Now I have a few more tidbits to add to the story.

  5. Gayle Eason said: Oct 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I am now among the proud owners of a Lineberry cart. I bought it today at the High Point Furniture Market. The wood has been sanded and finished with polyurethane. All original parts and not so much restoration that is loses that authentic feel. I love it.

  6. Becca Beasley said: Oct 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Congratulations Gayle!!

  7. The Junk Drunk said: Jan 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    What a fabulous coffee table! You may like these as well: http://thejunkdrunk.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/armchair-junking-coffee-tables/

  8. Carl said: Feb 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    A few more tidbits for the new cart owners out there…the carts have a 2500 lbs load limit, and are made of either oak, hickory or redwood. They could be ordered as small as 2′ long to over 10′ in length…The allen wrench screw used to be a grease fitting. You simply replace the fitting with a screw. Then you can adjust out the “wobble” by letting the dolly wheel up and down… They were intentionally made to wobble a bit so they could be turned 360 degrees on dime.
    Alot of carts have the center wheel axle loose due to the axle has worn down into the mounting bracket…5 minute epoxy to fill the damage is a easy fix, almost invisible when done right.
    Sitting on my personal cart, which we barely did any restoration, I actually have a original cart ordering catalog circa 1900 (sorry, not for sale)
    We pressure washed ours, stained the wood in pecan polyurathane and clear coated the metal parts. Too each his own, but we love the old wear marks, rust and paint left on it
    We didnt hurry on our small bit of restoration…take your time and decide what you really want as a finished product. Enjoy! :o)

  9. Darrell Sheets said: May 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I just purchased mine off of CL and drove to North GA to get it from Atlanta. Way worth the trip!
    Just took my first cut at removing years worth of grime off the serface. Where are some good links on the web. To get more history? I would like to print and attaché to underside so one day my grand kids will know it’s origin and history. Thanks D

  10. Marty Danco said: Dec 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I have restored several of the Lineberry carts and love working on them. Recently, I bought one covered in burlap, it was stenciled- Linebery Foundry & Machine Co. on one side of the wheel and N. Wilkesboro, NC. on the other side. The wheels were maked- The Foundry, N. Wilksboro, NC. I understand the Foundry edition are very rare but have found out little else about them. Can you provide any insight on what makes them special? I have not done anything to it but clean it up, wire brushed the cast parts and rubbed in gun oil on their surfaces. It is in good shape and all original. Are these more valuable in “as is” condition? I have someone interested in buying it but am having a hard time deciding on a price complicated by the fact I think I may want to keep it. Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Marty.

  11. Alice said: May 17, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I just bought a Lineberry cart which is the largest at 90×33. Can anyone give me info on this size and worth. It is in amazing condition.

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