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Thread: Larger Ironing Board.. what do you think?

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    Larger Ironing Board.. what do you think?

    I ran across this on Pinterest... The finished size is 63"x20" THIS IS NOT MY IRONING BOARD, but I am thinking about making one like this... Was wondering what ya'll think? They take an ironing board, and put a large board on top of it to make the surface larger..... I think it might work!
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    If the ironing board wobbled before you put the table top on it, I would be afraid of it. I would sooner cover a board
    and put it on top of a dresser or something the height you need it. This is just my opinion. Good luck in whatever
    you do.

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    My DH made me one that is 24x48. It sits on top of my work table at one end and I still have room for my large cutting mat. I really like it and I can remove it if I need the whole table for something.
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    I have a homemade big board and love it. The bottom of mine as 1 x 1 boards around the edge so it can't be pushed off the ironing board. If I need to use the regular size ironing board I just lift the top off.

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    DH and I made mine. It sits on a table now, but for a long time, it just sat on my ironing board, like Nammie to 7 said. Easy to make. Great to use.

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    I just fold up an old towel on one end of my cutting table for my block pressing and then have the mat on the other end for cutting/trimming. When I'm ironing yardage, I remove the cutting mat and lay a couple of towels on top of the entire cutting table. No need for another 'thing' in my already cramped 8x10 sewing room/guest room/whatever room.

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    Mimi,

    I am planning on doing this eventually too, I want a nice square surface for ironing. I just havent taken myself off to home depot to get the board.

    I plan to bolt/screw mine to the ironing board so it doesnt wobble or fall off. If you use washers bigger than the holes in the ironing board, you can just screw it into the top in many places to stabilize the new top.

    I was just going to get a plywood board the size I want, couple large washers, some wood screws. then get a bit of scrap cotton batting and some canvas fabric. Staple the batting/fabric on board, take off all the padding and covers on my ironing board. The top is very "holey" so I will then screw the board to the ironing top,

    I may not be able to close the ironing board, but that is ok, it is fine as it is.
    Last edited by CarolynMT; 08-09-2013 at 03:31 AM.

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    My SIL made one for me and the weight keeps it stable on my old ironing board. I LOVE it - saves so much time when pressing fabrics and quilts. It is easily removed when I need the traditional board.

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    My husband cut a large board for me, he made a C extension on the bottom of it to slide over my ironing board, to hold it in place, I covered it, and it sits on top of my ironing board. I have my grandmothers original wood ironing board, it is very sturdy.

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    My DH made one for me for my birthday. The one difference, which I love is that it fits over my current ironing board, so I have the option of using the the pointed one for ironing shirts, etc, or setting the larger sized one on top (compression fit) and using that. I've also found it's much easier to move and transport in 2 pieces.

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    This is great if you can leave it in one place. I had one but had to put up and take down each time I used it. It was heavy!

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    I have one and it works great.
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    I have that type of thing. My ironing board has two legs front and back, instead of the one leg front and back like in your picture. It works fine. There is a "ledge" around the bottom of the larger board that keeps it from sliding off. Not explaining it well, but I do like the rectangular shape better than the regular ironing board shape. It is always left up for ironing. It wouldn't be fun to take it down each time it was used.
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    I made my lg ironing board on top of a three tier metal stand I got at Lowe's. it is perfect as I can store under it & still have a lg surface to iron on . Made one for my GD's who are sewing. Keeps them all organized. Mine doesn't wobble at all. Love all of the shelves.
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    I have one, too. When I saw the cost at quilt shows...very spendy. My board has large dowels on the bottom to fit on my reg. ironing board. It fits snugly. My ironing board wobbles, with or without the big board. It adds lots of ironing space. Really like it.

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    I have one and my DH put hinges and will be putting fold up legs on it. I have this attached to my sewing/cutting table.
    i also made a cover for it that I can take off and wash
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    My husband and I did this and I love it. It doesn't wobble and I am still able to let it down to a lower position and sit it next to my sewing table to hold my quilt. In doing this, I have a small plastic drop cloth that I secure over it so that the quilt slides easily. I have used it now for over a year and it works very well. Mine is very easy to move and I like the fact that the fabric can move over the edge. I also keep a large piece of muslin pinned over the top so that I can remove it and launder it easily. This is, really, one of the best tools I have in my sewing room.
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    Looks pretty cool!

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    I like this ideal. I may have to build myself a larger ironing board. Thanks for sharing!!!
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    As long as it's sturdy and can still be put away, Ok! I just move my ironing board to the work bench or my sewing/cutting table if I don't want it to touch the floor. If I have large pieces, I fold and don't iron the fold, I adjust it so there will be no crease.

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    I've used a similar board at quilt retreats. Instead of being bolted to the ironing board, the bottom had some sort of lip so that when the big board was on the ironing board, it did not slide around. I really like it because the ironing surface was so large.

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    I made one similar to the one that you have shown.
    Used plywood, and screwed it onto the ironing board.
    Stapled flannelette in layers til I had what I wanted for padding.
    Then made a couple of removable covers.
    Take one off, and put the clean one on at the same time.

    As mentioned ... you need to watch sizing of the board to the original framework.
    Too large, and you will lose stability.
    Also, too much overhang, and it will not be stable.
    A lot depends on how heavy duty (or flimsy) the original ironing board is.

    And bonus .... when entertaining, I put a tablecloth on the ironing board, and have an extra serving table!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJRustic View Post
    I made my lg ironing board on top of a three tier metal stand I got at Lowe's. it is perfect as I can store under it & still have a lg surface to iron on . Made one for my GD's who are sewing. Keeps them all organized. Mine doesn't wobble at all. Love all of the shelves.

    Could you post a pic please?

    Thanks
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    loving this idea. then it would be FOLDED down to the side of my table and I wouldn't have to lift it up and move it. brilliant!
    Quote Originally Posted by verna2197 View Post
    I have one and my DH put hinges and will be putting fold up legs on it. I have this attached to my sewing/cutting table.
    i also made a cover for it that I can take off and wash
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    Can everyone post a picture of your big ironing board so I can decide which method would work for me? Thanks
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