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Thread: Seeking advice on covering Big Board

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    Seeking advice on covering Big Board

    My hubby has put together a “big board” which sits on top of my ironing board. It is 1/2 inch maple plywood. Should I put a layer of tinfoil first, then cotton batting and then canvas? Thinking that the tinfoil will help protect the wood from moisture and swelling... your thoughts?
    Valerie

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    My hubby did the same thing for me. I went to JoAnn's and bought both the board protection fabric and fabric covering from them. The woman at the cutting table knew exactly what I needed. I don't recall what's underneath the fabric I chose.

    Underneath the fabric is something that is both water resistant and heat resilient. The top fabric I chose from their decorator fabrics. It has worked out great for me.

    I wouldn't use tinfoil.
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    I also went to JoAnn’s and they have the quilted silver fabric for ironing boards. It works great. I was concerned about the quilting but it doesn’t make lines on the quilt block.

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    That's what I did when I made a 72 X 48 ironing table to sit over a banquet table. I saw a YouTube video that showed how to do it. It makes sense to put something down so the wood doesn't get wet. I used cotton duck cloth from Joann's. I've been using it for about a year now and while the sides are getting a bit worn, the whole thing is still stable and level.

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    My board is about 10 years old. I think I used old towels under the cotton duck cover. Lately I noticed the board (18” wide”) is becoming uneven (edges are curling upward) so DH will make me a new board soon. I have a wool army blanket which I plan to use under the cover for padding. I love my board.

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    If you put tinfoil it will not grab. Watch Sharon Schamber's "Perfect Pressing Board"
    on Youtube. I have a small board like Sharon then a big board.
    I just change the board/batting/canvas when it starts getting uneven.
    I didn't bother with the glue for the big one...just stretch and staple the whole
    thing.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LGbXou_u4c

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    I used outdoor plywood so that the extra moisture would not affect the wood for at least a while. I just covered mine in quilted grey ironing board cover, also got at JoAnn's. See the other thread.

    Marcia

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    Another vote for cotton duck for the cover. I think what's best underneath is personal preference, I put 2 layers of that batting that has the metal stuff in it, someone help me out with what it's called? But I will say that for quilting and sewing, I much prefer a cotton duck cover over the silver cover. The silver stuff is a bit slippery and better for ironing clothes, while the cotton duck has a bit of a non-stick factor and holds onto blocks and fabrics a bit better, which makes it easier to press them.

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    I don't use steam so was not worried about water - I just used batting covered by cotton duck.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Axe View Post
    I used outdoor plywood so that the extra moisture would not affect the wood for at least a while. I just covered mine in quilted grey ironing board cover, also got at JoAnn's. See the other thread.

    Marcia
    I already bought the maple plywood, I could have bought the outdoor stuff for a lot less, but was concerned about fumes when heat is applied - that stuff is full of glue. I’m probably just being paranoid.

    I don’t use steam when pressing, but do often mist water on my fabric to help remove wrinkles and stubborn fold lines. So I ended up putting the foil on first, then stapled 2 layers of cotton batting. Would have liked to use the duck canvas/cotton, but try to find that around here. The staff at Fabricville look at me like I’m from Mars and show me burlap! So I used a long piece of cotton muslin I had.

    Thanks for all the feedback. Hopefully my big board will last a long time, looking forward to using it when I’m putting those long rows together.
    Valerie

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    Mine is about 6 years old. My friend and I made them together and used just "plywood" it is about 1/2 inch thick but no idea what kind it is. They are 24 in. by 48 in. We put 2 layers of cotton batting because we had so much - and used cotton fabric we had to cover them. They are both still going strong - no warping. But we do live in So. Cal. and it is a very dry climate - so I can't image soaking the cover so much that it would make the board wet too. Her husband also put the small 1 x 1 boards to outline the ironing board it sits on so it doesn't move. I only use it to iron large piece of fabric.

    We love our big boards - so hope you will too.

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