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    Question would you put this on wheels (ironing surface)

    I'm going to use these as the base for an ironing surface-my plan is to get a 3/4" plywood top that is about 3" bigger all around. I'm not sure if I'll use all 5 across or just 4. I'm thinking 4 would be plenty. So anyway, I need it about 6" higher and while I was doing something near them today, it occurred to me that it would be a pain if I dropped something in behind them (since they'll need to be away from the wall so I can let fabric drape on both sides of the surface plus the topper overhang) and maybe it would be good to put them on a solid board with casters attached, which might add enough height (doesn't have to be exactly 6"). Has anyone done this?

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    I would make a base with locking wheels and set 2 back to back and one on the end in the middle with hooks on both sides for rulers, other large objects that need a place to hang, and have a top made and turn it into a cutting/ironing board.

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    I have my freezer on bricks to raise it to cutting height and it is a pain when something goes over the back. As careful as I try to be it still happens. Planning on getting it on casters.

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    I would put it on casters, and use all 5, you never have to long of a board when ironing a top. Make sure you get locking ones, if not you will find yourself fighting to keep it in one place. the slightest bump will make it roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyjo View Post
    I would make a base with locking wheels and set 2 back to back and one on the end in the middle with hooks on both sides for rulers, other large objects that need a place to hang, and have a top made and turn it into a cutting/ironing board.
    Actually I'm also going to have a cutting board separate from this. The ironing one will have to be long and narrow so it fits in the space but that is a good idea for my future cutting board! The only reason I don't want them to be the same surface is that's the way I have it now and it's a pain removing my cutting mat, putting on my ironing mat, etc every time I need to iron while cutting or pinning. This ironing one will basically be a permanent fixture on this spot. Cutting one will be in the middle of my room.

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    Thanks everyone. Casters it will be, then. I'll be sure to get the locking ones. The only reason I may not use all 5 is the space. My room is what would normally be a family room, and the kids have to go through it to get to their rooms or bathroom. This ironing area will be right along the walkway so I am not sure yet if I want to use up that much space. Until I am able to get the base made I'll leave it this way to see how it goes, size-wise.

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    You're on your way to a good ironing station.

    I understand your space limitations. If at times you a longer surface, you could attach a flip up wing on the end, and when not in use, it would be out of the way.

    As another suggestion ... do a test run before making things permanent ... with the ironing board on top, will you be able to open the top drawers to access things? Or can you put the drawer in the bottom, and leave that top as an open shelf, instead of the bottom?

    Also, 3" extension, may not be enough for your tootsies! Compare and check it with your kitchen counter with the counter overhang and the foot hole at the bottom.
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    I have two upper cupboards mounted on a large bottom board with six locking casters and a large melamine board mounted on top. I use this for my cutting mat and ironing mat. I love that I can move it away from the wall and walk around it. Between the two cupboards I have stacked my bins with my stash behind a gathered curtain.

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    You will need to make a 2X4 base with locking swivel casters that are weight appropriate for the cabinets below. (Don't get cheap casters I did and we ended up replacing them.) The top will need to be attached to the base some how so it doesn't move. You will either have to have a lip that goes around the top on the under side of plywood or screw it to the base so that the top won't move on you. My husband has done this for me on a old dresser and I love it.

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    I Agree with AmyJo would be perfect!!
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