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Thread: What kind of IRONING Board

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    Junior Member GrandmaLola's Avatar
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    I purchased a treasure from Craig's list. It was a board made to fit the large cover (I believe it is a June Taylor). Her husband had cut a board the size of the cover stapled it on and put slats on the bottom to fit a regular ironing board, which keep it in place. Luckily, it fit my ironing board perfectly. I have the ironing board set at table height, where I can swivel my chair from my cutting table and sit to iron small pieces as I go. When I have a lot to do, I just adjust my ironing board up to full height. I LOVE it!

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    DH made me one that sits on top of one end of my cutting table, it is 24 by 48. It is wide enough to iron 45 inch wide fabric. I also have one of the small table top ironing boards on a wheeled cart that I can pull up close to the sewing machine and reach it while sitting. I have 2 30 by 60 inch tables together, on risers DH made. My large ironing board at one end makes it convenient to iron long pieces of fabric and collects on the table and off the floor. That still leaves me plenty of room to have a large cutting mat and work space.

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    I still just have a regular ironing board. I like to be able to move it next to my machine and lower it when Paper Piecing and then put it back in its place when finished. I could really use a large one though.

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    Excellent ideas here... thanks!

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    My ironing board is atleast 35 years old. It's heavy but I love it. The newer ones are to tipsy for me. Sometimes I wish that it was rectangular, but maybe someday I'll get my DH to retro fit piece to fit over it for more room to iron on.

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    Mine is an "antique' old wooden stand alone ironing board that must be now close to 100 years old........belonged to my great grandmother.........keep addng batting and re-covering.....but it is solid and works great.......

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    One thing to keep in mind is that the steam has to go somewhere - on a standard ironing board, the excess steam goes through to the underside of the board. In set-ups where the steam does not have a place to go, the board itself, especially when made of wood or particle board, will warp rather quickly.

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    Years ago i found a wooden ironing board at a thrift shop. I liked it so much I got rid of my modern one. I think I would like a small board or tv tray version close to my sewing machine though.

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    I have a home made big board on top of my not-so-sturdy walmart ironing board. It now has a 30 degree angle as I've bent one of the legs. Looks like time to invest in a new ironing board.

    Cheers, K

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    Using the tutorial found on here, I made a 24X48 in pressing board that fits on top of my ironing board. I had so much stuff left over, I also made a little 18x18 inch one that I keep right next to me when I'm sewing smaller pieces and don't want to get up when I'm going a bunch. I've learned the hard way the importance of pressing as I go!! LOL

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    Making a "big board" is easy & actually just sits on top of your existing standard board (it does not need to be attached, it is heavy enough to stay put) ....the top size is 24" x 60" (although you can make it as large as you want as long as your existing ironing board will support it) ...you use 1/2 birch plywood (cabinet grade) ...on the bottom of this 24 x 60 top attach 3 slats (approx 3/4 x 3/4) two are long (about 48 inches) and one is short (you will form a large "U" on the bottom of the 24 x 60 top) ...space the two long slats about 1 inch wider than the top of the short demension of your existing ironing board top ...attach the short slat at one end of the two long slats to form the "U" (this "U" will prevent the board from moving in 3 directions) ...to finish use thin cotton batting for padding (one or two thicknesses) and cover with a canvas material or the silver iron board cover material ...to get fancy attaching the cover sew a draw sting pocket around the edge or attach elastic & voila

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann L
    Everyone has gotten very creative in making their ironing boards. I may have to get my husband to make me one. How do you secure the board on top of the ironing borad or does it just sit there and stay. I guess if I wouldn't go wild ironing it would be okay right? I am going to have to keep my eyes open for something flat and reusable. I feel good when I can repurpose something.
    Making a "big board" is easy & actually just sits on top of your existing standard board (it does not need to be attached, it is heavy enough to stay put) ....the top size is 24" x 60" (although you can make it as large as you want as long as your existing ironing board will support it) ...you use 1/2 birch plywood (cabinet grade) ...on the bottom of this 24 x 60 top attach 3 slats (approx 3/4 x 3/4) two are long (about 48 inches) and one is short (you will form a large "U" on the bottom of the 24 x 60 top) ...space the two long slats about 1 inch wider than the top of the short demension of your existing ironing board top ...attach the short slat at one end of the two long slats to form the "U" (this "U" will prevent the board from moving in 3 directions) ...to finish use thin cotton batting for padding (one or two thicknesses) and cover with a canvas material or the silver iron board cover material ...to get fancy attaching the cover sew a draw sting pocket around the edge or attach elastic & voila

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    I have one of the small ironing boards setting on a plastic storage tub at the side of my chair, making an L shape from the sewing table and press seams here we have a standard ironing board set up for large pieces but this is much handier for seam pressing. I also bought a cheap iron that just stays hot than plug all into power strip so that machine, lights, iron comes on than can turn off with one button. Safer that way don't forget the iron and leave it on.

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    My mom just gave me her monster ironing board. Circa late 50's I think. It's extra wide and I love it. I also have the June Taylor portable board, and a Olfa cutting mat that flips over to use for small items. The one I use the most is the monster. I have 3 irons. Why? I only have 2 hands. The monster board is across the room. That way I don't get TB (tired butt) from sitting too long. Yes, I did this on purpose.

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