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Thread: Dumped my Wonky Ironing Board!

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    Dumped my Wonky Ironing Board!

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Size:  1.69 MBI tried to make this little table work for so many things. I tried to use it as a sewing table, but without it being a drop in, and being on wheels no less, it didn't handle the vibrations of my machine very well. I've tried using it as a homeschool table, but having to open it up to use as a desk in my school room didn't work well either. I've even once used it as a temporary baby changing table. That was "okay", but there are better options out there.

    I had two accidents happen that made this little gem of an idea happen. First, my ridiculously wonky ironing board tipped over and knocked my iron - tip first- into the wood floor. Scratch. And, it took a chunk out of my fairly new and kind of pricey iron. It smells a little when I turn it on now. I. Hate. That. Ironing. Board. It's been banished to a closet that I rarely use because I am so mad at it.

    I had used this desk in my homeschool room as a - well...it just held stuff but not very well. It needed to come out anyways.

    I went to the local hardware store and asked the nice man to cut a 3/4 plywood (just below cabinet grade) into 19.5 x 38.5. I put 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting and used about a yard of fabric and an electric corded staple gun (3/8 size staples).

    Now...Now...this is a thing of beauty. It opens up too so when I'm sewing long strips (binding, apron straps) I can sit down comfortably and iron away. Also, the flip up table acts like a staging area (or general place to put strips, squares, etc) and acts as a solid place to rest the iron. As for height, it's short enough and happily on wheels so I can roll it over to me when I'm piecing/ironing next to the sewing machine.

    As a bonus...I had a little (okay, a lot) of excess plywood and I had the same nice hardware store man to cut a 36 x 48 piece out too. I repeated the same batting/fabric/staple scenario (that's the butterfly one) and now I have a seriously huge one for ironing full width of fabric sections. How fun is that?!

    BTW: in full disclosure....my sewing room is never this clean. But I was having so much fun with my new storage and ironing board top.

    Update: It also now acts as perfect side arm to my sit down LA (Viking Platinum 16). And I didn't have to pay for the side wings after all. Ha-ha!
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    It looks great
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    So nifty! Good for you.

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    I'm very impressed with that ironing board table. You were so clever to make 2 different sizes.

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    that looks wonderful! Very nice job!!
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    Your new ironing station is so organized and ready for any ironing tasks. Love the guys that cut plywood for us. They are always so straight with their cutting set ups. Like rotary cutting for plywood.

    Enjoy every minute in your pretty room.

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    What an awesome set up!
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    Hey I have one of those tables. I'm currently using it for my sewing machine but it takes up so much space in my room! Maybe I'll give that a try! Great setup!

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    ​Well done!

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    Fantastic. I made a big board for my ironing board, but it just takes up so much room I hardly ever use it. So, it's under the bed. It would make life a little easier if I could use it; can hardly turn around in my sewing room now. I really like that cabinet.

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    Love your ironing board ideas. Thank you so much. BTW-love your sewing room

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    Way to go! Love how clean your space is too, I aspire!
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    A great idea! I should try something like your set up.
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    Excellent solution! An ironing board is great for ironing shirts, but I found it *less than ideal* for ironing fabric for quilts.

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    you Are a clever girl! upcycled is a good thing

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    If anyone wants to do the same - here is the link!

    https://www.amazon.com/Sauder-Sewing..._at_pdctrvw_dp

    Seriously...binding strips that are a few hundred inches long...you just open up the desk and pull up the chair and you can sit comfortably folding and ironing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing View Post
    Excellent solution! An ironing board is great for ironing shirts, but I found it *less than ideal* for ironing fabric for quilts.
    Me too mine just stand along the wall.
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    I have a cabinet, different color I use to sew on. I have a perfect spot for it.
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    so perfect..................

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    What a fantastic ironing space and cabinet...it looks great in your tidy sewing room. I’m happy that you found the perfect use for it.
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    So nice what you did with that table! I have the same one, but in the dark brown color. It is currently being used as my computer desk because I had some trouble making it work in my sewing room (due to lack of space). Love your ideas.

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    What I really love is that background behind it. I had my wall repaired about two years ago. It was finished to a glass like surface. My ironing board is stored there and when in use is right up against that wall. I move it away for large things, but not soon enough. There are several little "pokes" in my new wall where the iron got too close. I need a "back-splash".
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    Looks fantastic.

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    What an awesome solution, looks like a perfect space for your room!

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    Great creative solution!
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