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    A new ironing board!

    My ironing board that is about 30 years old, finally died. I tried to fix it but it wouldn't stay up. I couldn't believe the prices of new ones. I bought a $25 one at Target and took it back it was so wobbly and light weight. Went to Bed Bath and Beyond got a $50 one and it will last me as long as I am using an iron. You can spend $100 or more on one - who would have thought!!!!!
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    My ironing board is probably 45-50 yrs. old, but I could not live without my Big Board on top now. I've had it for about 15 yrs.

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    The price of ironing boards reflect what has happen to almost every household item... I would also guess that not every household has an ironing board, which could reflect the price also. IMHO.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

    PS mine was a shower gift 53 years ago from my Grandma

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    Got mine when I got married the first time. Have painted it twice. Last time with rustoleum and I can still adjust it to any height. If Good Lord forbids, it dies, I'll use the top I made on a table or my workbench. You're right but mine was about $25.00 back then. I have probably 4pressing tops. My board, a 2x4 board and a June tailor pressing/cutting board. And a smaller one that fits in my sewing tote made from a clipboard. Love that everyone of these boards can be hung.
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean View Post
    My ironing board is probably 45-50 yrs. old, but I could not live without my Big Board on top now. I've had it for about 15 yrs.

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    I got mine at Costco, maybe 8-9 years ago. It's holding up fine, and I think I paid in the $35 range for it. It's a little wider than my old board, but I would like it to be wider still. And rectangular! Who needs that narrow end anyway? It's just annoying. I quit ironing clothing a very long time ago!

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    One lady at work used to say "Why would I have an iron, when I have a perfectly good dryer?" lol

    Sometimes I use the Downey spray (tsp of downey with the rest water in a spray bottle,) spray on item, shake/snap while on hanger, no need to drench, and let dry, or put on damp. Feels good on a hot day. No need to iron at all.

    My board is wood, paid less that $5.00 at swap meet and is at least 70 yrs. Works good enough for me!

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    Got my latest board at the local Goodwill for 3.99. They always seem to have a selection of them.

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    My board is wood, paid less that $5.00 at swap meet and is at least 70 yrs. Works good enough for me![/QUOTE]
    mine is wood also. found it in an old miners shack in the late 60's. a resort type place was using the old miners shacks to rent out to fishermen & hunters. i cleaned places for extra income. was told i could have the old ironing board. i cleaned it, put a cover on it & still use it. i've hauled it all over the United States as we followed hubbys construction jobs.
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    Mine is metal and was a wedding shower gift from Mom 50 years ago next month. DH made a wide board that fits over the top for quilting and it's removable if I need to press a shirt. I also have Mom's wooden board and I have removed the legs and painted it like an American flag. It hangs outside by our door in the summer and I get many comments on it. (saw it on Pintrest) I also have both Grandma's ironing boards !! Will be painting something Fall-ish on one of them someday.

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    I finally got all the stuff for a big board: 2'x4' plywood, heavy duty aluminum foil, cotton batting and some lightweight canvas for the top. I thought I had a staple gun so had to buy another, and staples. Now, just to put it together. It will sit on 6 tubs that bring it up just to the right height. I will have enough leftovers to also make a small one using a wooden TV tray. I don't iron clothes either. The only time they see an iron is during construction and my other ironing board has the flimsy T legs.

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    When I met my husband he didn't like the color or the one my mother had given me years ago and thought I should get a newer one - ha! I showed him what the new ones looked like then and he agreed they were too flimsy and lightweight - that was 20 years ago now!

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    I, too had sticker shock when I needed a new ironing board. The cheaper ones are so flimsy that they're dangerous, and who would have ever thought we'd need to fork over 60 dollars or better for something like an ironing board? I finally did, but yikes!

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    The ironing board I use at my summer home is a wooden one my parents received as a wedding gift in 1938. It works great and given the sentimental value too I wouldn't think of using anything else. The one I have at my other home I got at a thrift store for $5 and it is heavy metal and looks like it is from the 1940's era given the way it folds up. Love that one too. Both are of a size that you can't find ready made covers for but that's fine with me.

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    The one I use my dad bought at some sale for 1.00, my son made a big board for the top with left over boards in his garage. The iron board is a great memory from my dad and the handy work from my son.
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    I got my ironing board for my wedding from my bridesmaid in 1955. About 20 years ago, the folding mechanism gave out. I took it to my neighbor who would fix anything. He fixed it for $5. (Anything he fixed, it was always $5.) It still works well and hangs on my wall in the laundry room. (When it's not in use. A lot of the time it is standing at the ready.)
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    My DD (a college sophomore) called me from the Goodwill in her college town to ask "Mom, is $5 a good price for an ironing board?" Told her grab that thing, you can always buy a new cover. I was amazed when I saw it. The cover was pristine and the board looked brand new. I guess somebody decided they weren't ever going to iron anything so they got rid of it.
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    I got mine when I married 53 years ago. The tapered end folds out to make a squared end. I've been through many covers; my DD sews 2 regular covers together so I can still keep the squared end. The squared end stays out all the time--never need to iron clothes. BTW the board has lasted a lot longer than the marriage did.

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    I have 2 ironing boards: 1) is a metal one I got with green stamps in 1969. It is still very sturdy and is the one I use. 2) is a wooden one I picked up someplace that is not that sturdy but I use it for serving when I have a party. A colorful cloth on top changes with the theme and is always a conversation piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citruscountyquilter View Post
    The ironing board I use at my summer home is a wooden one my parents received as a wedding gift in 1938. It works great and given the sentimental value too I wouldn't think of using anything else. The one I have at my other home I got at a thrift store for $5 and it is heavy metal and looks like it is from the 1940's era given the way it folds up. Love that one too. Both are of a size that you can't find ready made covers for but that's fine with me.
    Hah! I was just thinking of the wooden one my mother had years ago. It was probably of the same era. I don't have an ironing board. I had made a large pressing board to go on top of my cutting board but it was so heavy I gave it away. Now I'm looking for an alternative that is 1) light 2) large surface and 3) can be used on top of my cutting mat without damage. My cutting table/mat is 32x60.
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    I am using my grandmother;s wood ironing board, with a big board on top of it, you cannot beat it

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    Oh, yes, I am 70, so you know the old boards do hold up

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    I "inherited" my ironing board from my mother when she moved to Tulsa in 1986. She had had it for at least 30 years before that which makes it about 60 years old. Wow! Had know idea it has hung around so long and still in great shape. Wish I could say the same thing about me!

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    I kept my old one but am using an 18 inch wide one from Wal-mart now. it's flimsy though., bends when I'm pressing. Not happy with it but like the width. Glad you found one you like and yes, the prices have really gone up since I bought my old one. Shock!

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    I have this one. Don't faint.

    http://www.reliablecorporation.com/P...um_Board_C81_2

    I bought it a long time ago from a tailor shop. Best ironing board I have ever used for quilting.
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    I had to replace my a few years ago - for some mysterious reason it was rusting and looked terrible. I really like the "big boards" and have had one in the back of my mind. I also would like to make a traveling ironing mat (when I get caught up).

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