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Thread: Ironing Table for Craftybear

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    Craftybear - I can't post pics to a PM, don't have your e-mail, so.... Hopefully this will work for you?

    Bottom of table top addition showing fabric stapled on and 1 x 1 guides
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    Ummm... Lots of room underneath for stuff
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    Table w/out addition (blocks to compare size)
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    Table with addition
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    Is the board made to fit a folding TV table?

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    No, it's bigger than a tv table. Craftybear asked for pictures. Here is the info from my original post:

    I love the concept of the "Big Board," but wouldn't spend the $ on one. Nor do I really have room... So what I did was to get a 3/4" thick piece of wood from Lowe's (they will cut for you if needed, 1 cut free, I think 25 cents/cut after that), had it cut 2'x3'. I wanted to put it on top of a table I had purchased at Walmart, which was about 18" by 2', has X legs and is white plastic on top. Not big enough, but the next size is too big. I originally bought it as a work table, and had a portable Omni pressing mat on it, but didn't like the set up or size.

    Next, I took a 2"x1" and cut it into lengths that are about 1/2 the length of each of the 4 sides of the board. Putting the board on the floor, wrong side up if there is one, I centered the table upside down over it and drew a line at the outside edge of the table top. I nailed the cut pieces of 2"x1" at about the center of each side and end. This allows you to put the new board on top of the table, giving more room, while keeping the larger top stable.

    I laid a piece of muslin (I use Robert Kaufman's, which I buy on sale) that is about 2" bigger all around than the wood, on the floor. Over that I centered a layer of Warm & Natural cotton batting, then a layer of Insulbright, also made by the Warm Co (it reflects heat) and a a couple more layers of batting. The layers are such at this point that they are upside down from what they will be on top of the board, and except for the muslin, are about 1" bigger than wood on each side. Lay the board over the layers and center. Bring muslin up and stretch over the wood; use a staple gun to attach to board; you want it to be quite taut.

    I LOVE it! It's portable, so I take it to retreats or sew-ins that our guild has. Works like a charm and gives me a lot of extra room for ... stuff ... while still leaving room for pressing blocks. Or if it's cleared off, a pretty decent sized pressing surface. I haven't had any problems with the muslin stretching, maybe b/c I stapled it very tautly?

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    But it's just a little nothing table underneath, right? You didn't make that?

    I have some wood luggage racks - I was thinking of making tops or them.

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    It's a folding table that is available in most "big box" stores (Walmart, Target, BJ's) or office supply. This is the smallest size, the next one I could find was 6 ft long, which was too big. Plus the issue of ironing on plastic, lol.

    I think your luggage rack might work well, as long as it's the height you want.

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    Thanks.

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    interesting idea. thanks

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    i made one like this to fit on my ironing board it is about 2 foot by 5 foot made just like yours it is great

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    We are having a hard time finding something to put the plywood on that is sturdy enough to hole it. The new ironing boards arent like they used to be back in the day...We need something that can be put away when not in use.

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    I have a great board just like this only it's about 5x2 feet and is hinged in the middle so its easier to put away, we purchased a great ironing board and build the big top to fit, be sure whatever you buy will hold the weight, I also have my Gma's ironing board, its all metal

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