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    I know a lot of you have large ironing boards that you have made. My ? is if you use a piece of wood and cotton batting and canvas for the top..does'nt the sream from the ironsoak through to the wood? I want to make one that I can put on top of two ironing boards

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    I don't think the steam will affect the wood because you would have batting, a first covering (possibly muslin) and then your top covering (possibly ironing board cloth that has an aluminum finish or a heavy, close woven cotton like duck cloth). Your iron would have to be a heavy duty steamer to go through all of that.

    You can buy ironing boards that have a fan mechanism in the board that will pull the steam through into the fabric of what you are ironing and then into the board. We used one in our costume department and it was terrific to 'set' seams , pleats and other required forms. They are really expensive but I would love to have one for my own personal use - they are great to use and very useful!

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    I have a craft table that Michael's sells. It has an electrical outlet on it. I place a double layer of insul-brite on it, then cover with folded fabric. This is my ironing table. When I need to cut, I take the fabric off and put the cutting mats on. :D

    I had my dh cut a piece of pegboard to place over the craft inserts (think holes to put cups in for paints) and I place my iron on that, with a silicon base for when the iron is hot.

    Very convenient and good surface size.

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    I covered mine with aluminum foil to help reflect the heat back up and the steam can't touch the wood.

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    Ditto on the foil covering over the wood! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Doggie
    Ditto on the foil covering over the wood! :-)
    Hey that is a good idea! Now if I can get Hubby to cut the piece of wood for me. I will just have to keep bugging him this weekend LOL

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    your table sounds cool, can you take a picture of it, I will search and see if the website carries them, it would be great for workshops, retreats, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I have a craft table that Michael's sells. It has an electrical outlet on it. I place a double layer of insul-brite on it, then cover with folded fabric. This is my ironing table. When I need to cut, I take the fabric off and put the cutting mats on. :D

    I had my dh cut a piece of pegboard to place over the craft inserts (think holes to put cups in for paints) and I place my iron on that, with a silicon base for when the iron is hot.

    Very convenient and good surface size.

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    I suggest the Wmt portable table instead for workshops. I have one of those, too. :D

    the table is 5 ft long, but folds in half. Bring a power strip and you have the same thing with more surface and more portability.

    What I don't like about the craft table is that it's extremely heavy! I wouldn't move it around much.

    The table from Wmt is in the camping section, just $35. Buy the power strip in the light bulb section, cheaper there than the electronics dept! This table would work great, it is 28 inches deep, and 5 ft long. a 24 x 36 cutting mat on one end, the covered batting for the ironing... also, all my dh did was cut a piece of pegboard 12 inches wide and three feet deep for the iron. Don't even need that with the silicon base.

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    If it were me, I would use insulbrite under the batting also. It would also help to protect the wood. However, I am sure you could make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katiebear1
    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Doggie
    Ditto on the foil covering over the wood! :-)
    Hey that is a good idea! Now if I can get Hubby to cut the piece of wood for me. I will just have to keep bugging him this weekend LOL
    Good luck with the hubby. I just go to Home Depot and get the hunks there to cut it for me. LOL That way I get it without complaints!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Good luck with the hubby. I just go to Home Depot and get the hunks there to cut it for me. LOL That way I get it without complaints!
    Besides, then you can watch them work. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Good luck with the hubby. I just go to Home Depot and get the hunks there to cut it for me. LOL That way I get it without complaints!
    Besides, then you can watch them work. ;)
    You girls are somethin' else!

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    I made a top from concrete board like you use on concrete for wood floors. cover this with batting then, the moisture will not bother it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Quote Originally Posted by katiebear1
    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Doggie
    Ditto on the foil covering over the wood! :-)
    Hey that is a good idea! Now if I can get Hubby to cut the piece of wood for me. I will just have to keep bugging him this weekend LOL
    Good luck with the hubby. I just go to Home Depot and get the hunks there to cut it for me. LOL That way I get it without complaints!
    Great idea, but we have a piece of MDF in the garage. We had to replace a small section of one of the bathrooms sub floor, so I figure I could use that.

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    Yes, steam does go through. So, if I were to redo mine I would drill a few
    holes.

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    I would agree with EasyPeezy about the holes. Although since it is wood I am thinking I can add them later. I pick my iron up a tad off the surface periodically so the steam doesn't build up under the iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Yes, steam does go through. So, if I were to redo mine I would drill a few
    holes.
    Another great idea! I will do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katiebear1
    Great idea, but we have a piece of MDF in the garage. We had to replace a small section of one of the bathrooms sub floor, so I figure I could use that.
    I don't think MDF will stand up very well. It will asorb the steam and possibly weaken and I don't think it is strong enough to begin with for ironing.

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    I was told to use an old wool blanket as wool does not rot as easily as cotton when damp. I found one at a thrift store for $4.00 and cut it to fit then covered that with the reflective ironing fabric.

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    The company that made the Big Board only included one layer of a poly-type craft type batting (maybe 1/8 to 3/16 inch thick) and a skimpy cotton canvas/twill covering that I had to purchase in addition to the board. The board is made of high-grade plywood.

    I've had it for about 6 years and I don't see any damage. I usually use steam when I press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl
    Quote Originally Posted by katiebear1
    Great idea, but we have a piece of MDF in the garage. We had to replace a small section of one of the bathrooms sub floor, so I figure I could use that.
    I don't think MDF will stand up very well. It will asorb the steam and possibly weaken and I don't think it is strong enough to begin with for ironing.
    I agree with costumegirl. We used some OSB and it's holding well.
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    I have a big board and I it's MDF. I've had it for at least 5 years now. It just has a layer of batting type stuff and the canvas cover. Steam doesn't do anything to it. Even my super steam iron doesn't affect it at all.

    A national quilt teacher said not to use that silver stuff. It is too slippery and can let your blocks get distorted more. Harriet Hargrave also says not to use that silver stuff in her books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I suggest the Wmt portable table instead for workshops. I have one of those, too. :D

    the table is 5 ft long, but folds in half. Bring a power strip and you have the same thing with more surface and more portability.

    What I don't like about the craft table is that it's extremely heavy! I wouldn't move it around much.

    The table from Wmt is in the camping section, just $35. Buy the power strip in the light bulb section, cheaper there than the electronics dept! This table would work great, it is 28 inches deep, and 5 ft long. a 24 x 36 cutting mat on one end, the covered batting for the ironing... also, all my dh did was cut a piece of pegboard 12 inches wide and three feet deep for the iron. Don't even need that with the silicon base.
    I have one of these tables and I love it - use it for all sorts of things in my sewing room - mand it can be raised to cutting height too!

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    Mine is made with birch wood, it does not warp easily, then is covered with insulbrite and then fabric. It sits on regular ironing board, has strips of wood aroung bottom edge to keep from sliding off board. It has been just wonderful. :P

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    If you do applique and once in a while "miss" with the fusible webbing...the silver stuff that doesn't attach to the webbing is a real blessing. I speak from experience. LOL

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