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    Hi sew-lulu,

    If space really is a problem, look at your ironing board.

    A fellow in our area makes pressing surfaces to fit over ironing boards.

    I looked at it really closely and went home and made my own for about $35.00 in materials, tops. Most of them I had, but included the loss/use of them in the cost.

    Measure the length of an extra folding ironing board, and the widest width.

    1. Use an ironing board with individual feet, not those pipe across the floor T-shaped feet. They wabble.

    2. Cut a 3/4 inch thick piece of plywood a foot or so longer than your ironing board is long. Cut that piece of plywood a foot or so wider than your ironing board is wide.

    3. You will want a piece of batting big enough to fold under that plywood.

    4. and 5. You will want two pieces of cotton woven, each big enough to fold under and cover the edge of the batting you are going to staple under the plywood.(muslin?)

    6. Eight feet (8') of 1"x1" or 3/4"x3/4" lumber/board/stick. Old mop or broom handles are fine if you are good at drilling holes in round sticks. Me, I hate that stuff.

    ***Cut two pieces off of that lumber, each one about a foot long (12"). Cut the left-overs into two equal sized pieces. Sand all these cut edges real quick to get the burrs off. Drill holes equally spaced so you can use long wood screws to attach these to the bottom of your plywood when you are finished upholstering it. These will hold your pressing/cutting board on your ironing board and keep it from moving around when you apply pressure.

    7. Throw that wood on the floor with the worst side up. fold-up your ironing board and lay it surface-down on that piece of plywood. Center it up the way you want so it will balance nice.

    8. Take a marker or such and draw the outline of that ironing board on to the plywood.

    9. Now throw that ironing board out of the way or set it up again to use as a work table to upholster your new pressing/cutting surface.

    10. Grab a piece of cotton batting big enough to wrap under that plywood and true-it up to the right size rectangle. Staple/tack it in place to the underneath, nice and tight.

    11. Grab one piece of muslin and do the same with it, but give yourself 2-4 inches extra length and width for folding, covering the edge of the batting, and tidying up edges when you pull the edges under and staple it to the plywood underside (the side you drew your ironing board outline on).

    12. Now, take the second piece of fabric/muslin and cover the board again, giving you a double covered pressing surface. Staple that under and clean up the edges by folding or what-not. (You can use 7# heavy muslin or even 10# cotton canvas if you like.)

    **I used two layers of fabric and stapled each layer on independently, putting the muslin on first. After the muslin was tightened and stapled, I then covered it with an interesting cotton woven fabric from the stash.

    When the top layer gets too worn and dirty, pull the staples for just that layer and you will have the first layer of muslin still holding things together. That makes it easier to put on a new top layer.

    13. The tricky part: put the two long pieces of stick lumber on the outside edges of the outline you drew on the underside of your plywood, evenly spaced and balanced. Screw them on, but don't tighten too tight till you try to slip this over your ironing board. If it slips over the original ironing surface of the ironing board OK, then go ahead and tighten them.

    14. Screw the two short pieces of stick lumber on the ends of the outline you drew of your ironing board. Testing to see that it will slip over the ends of the original ironing board surface before you tighten them down good.

    That should do it.

    You now have a padded surface suitable for pressing, and it should be somewwhere in the area of 30" wide by 40-45" long. Enough that you can put a nice size cutting mat on one end and press on the other.

    When you have guests, pull the pressing top off and throw it under the bed, chase that with the folded ironing board. Best of all your guests have an ironing board if they need!!

    Here is a drawing of the construction idea.
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    Just be sure you have something at a healthy height for your back. I am blessed to have two discarded base kitchen cabinets with a piece of counter top on them. I love it. I do all kinds of crafts on it, as well as using as a cutting table

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    I bought a cutting table at Hancock"s that has two fold-down sections, and it becomes a slim 36" long X 14" wide. I have to keep it in the bedroom....not in my sewing room. I don't use it a lot, so I keep it covered with a beautiful antique quilt of my mother's. I fold the quilt around it and pin it to fit the table, like a tailor-made cover. For my sewing room, I bought an antique buffet with huges drawers, just the right height. I refinished it and I placed a small cutting mat on the top , and it serves the purpose for my rotary cutting for quilts.

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    Thanks for all your suggestions and inspirations/creative ideas.

    I'm now lending towards getting a folding cutting table at Hancocks. The good news is that it's sale. The bad news is that they don't have it stock nor on line purchase. I have the manager order it for me. It won't arrived for another a couple of weeks.

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    I have the IKEA Galant wood table with slanted legs. It is 63"x31.5" and I do all things quilting on it. When I need to cut, I push the machine aside. Works well for me.

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    Thankyou. I have seen them for sale also . Very expensive. I have never seen one up close to know how it was done. Your directions are wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew_lulu
    Now that my sewing/guest room is set up and ready to be used, I discovered that I have a little problem. I don't have a cutting table!

    I've been sewing and cutting in the dinning room on my dinning table on the first floor. My sewing/quest room is now on the second floor.

    What cutting table do you have that you would recommend? Please be aware that I have limited space and the sleeping/sofa couch doesn't help either.

    thanks for any recommendation!
    My husband cut a piece of plywood the same size as the purchased padded mat from JoAnne's. He put a slider (like on out-building doors) underneath to go under the ironing board frame so the plywood would not wiggle/move. I have it on top of my ironing board and IT WORKS GREAT !!! Nice place to put my cutting board ... pattern lay-out..... WONDERFUL !!!!!

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    I have a ping pong table, and I love it. I imagine there are used ones to be had.

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    Hi,
    What I did for an inexpensive cutting table is I went to Ikea and bought 4 table legs at $5.00 each and a table top in the size I needed, which is small, 23" x 29 1/2" for $15.00. It is sturdier than my folding table and looks nicer and is a size that fits in my space. As long as your cutting table is larger than your cutting matt, you should be OK. Also, it is easy to unscrew the legs and store the table in a closet or behind a door. Hope you have an Ikea near by. If you don't, perhaps you could mail order the table legs and then attach them to a flat interior door as some one else suggested.

    Good luck.
    Marlice

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    Sorry, duplicate posting. I just joined and I don't know how to delete.

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    I bought an unfinished gathering table which is a bit higher than kitchen counter tops. Great for the back. Use a bar stool at it too, so comes in handy for other things to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MollieSue
    I have two of the 4' tables, right next to each other. One I sew on, the other is for cutting, etc. I'm more on the lazy side, this way I don't have to get up to cut, sew, or iron! lol!!!!! :wink:
    I use the dining table, when quilting on the frame DH made me.
    :D

    I love the wall paper in your sewing room, very vintage looking and would make my old treadles feel right at at home!!

    Billy

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    Here is one my husband made for me. He bought 4 unfinished kitchen cabinets at Lowe's and we painted them white. He then put them together like this (the other 2 are on the other side) and we ordered the top for it. I love it because it is kitchen counter top height and since I am tall, it works well for me. The top is 50 X 72".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    Here is one my husband made for me. He bought 4 unfinished kitchen cabinets at Lowe's and we painted them white. He then put them together like this (the other 2 are on the other side) and we ordered the top for it. I love it because it is kitchen counter top height and since I am tall, it works well for me. The top is 50 X 72".
    Now that is the "cadillac" of cutting tables!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    Here is one my husband made for me. He bought 4 unfinished kitchen cabinets at Lowe's and we painted them white. He then put them together like this (the other 2 are on the other side) and we ordered the top for it. I love it because it is kitchen counter top height and since I am tall, it works well for me. The top is 50 X 72".
    Wow... this would be a dream table! Unfortunately I don't have the space for it.

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    Years ago my sis gave me a gate leg table which I unfold to use for cutting then fold down one end and use the rest of the table for my machine. It folds up to 36". I won't part with it. Very sturdy and doesn't shake and vibrate when I'm sewing like the folding tables do.
    Look in consignment shops, Goodwill and simular stores. Garage sales are good too. I also picked up one for my son, It was smaller and had a gouge in the top but that is easy to fix.

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    I have the same situation as you...guest room with a bed, limited space, and oh yes it's my sewing room as well! At least I have a closet-that's now stuffed with my stash.
    I use 2 card tables, I also have one of those white speckled plastic top tables- it's a little big so I don't use that as much as the card tables. I did have to buy mdf board at Home Depot and use that on top for a more straight and sturdy top for cutting. You can put them away under the bed. So it's a workable solution.
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    I use a 1" thick piece of plywood, covered with formica and then a cutting mat tacked to the top.....works great and is portable.

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    A couple years ago, our Wal-Mart put in new cutting tables, and I was lucky enough to purchase one of the older ones for $75.00. It is wonderful, it has a few nicks in the top, but the cutting "V" was intact on both sides. I purchased 2 metal yardsticks and replaced them on the top since all the numbers were faded. There are shelves underneath, just like you see at WalMart. It is wonderful. I was very lucky. Perhaps you might put in a buzz to your Walmart store, if they are closing down the fabric dept., (sadly) :cry: you could get first dibs on the table. Our Walmart in Warsaw, Indiana has made changes, too, but a bit confusing. One week the story changes, closing? Not closing?. We just have to wait and see here.

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    Oops, I got carried away in my first post regarding the WalMart Table. If space is limited, I always look up. If you or signifcant other is a bit handy, you could get a piece of 4' x 4' plywood, place on hinges on one side, screwing into the 2x4s inside the wall for strength, attach to a wall space to the height that you would like the table, and add some folding legs to it. Then purchase a cutting mat large enough to fit on top, screw it on the top and there you have it. You can fold it up against the wall when not in use. I am sure you have seen the folding ironing boards, so this would be something on that line.

    I failed to mention that I purchased a 48" x 60" cutting mat made for the folding table that was sold at JoAnn's. I use that on my walmart table.

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    Wow! what a great cutting table! AHHH to dream!
    Regards,
    MaryAnna

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