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The 20th-Century factory jack was as robust as they come, made of heavy sheet metal riding on four thick casters and built to withstand the day-to-day grind of intensive use.

This repurposed variant from Restoration Hardware has Steampunk appeal coupled with a modest sense of blue-collar purpose and a natural-iron finish.

A giant wheel shifts the top up and down via a durable set of out-of-the-way central mechanisms, allowing it to serve as a coffee table, side table, bar cart or object stand at various heights.

True to form, it can support up to 150 pounds of weight on its surface, so if you insist on sitting on it (or riding it upward) it might well work for that, too.