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Thread: MY New Ironing Table (Thanks auntjo!)

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    MY New Ironing Table (Thanks auntjo!)

    So auntjo posted her new ironing table which is a workbench from Harbor Freight. I got one and put it together all by my lonesome (I don't have a husband, handy or otherwise.) It took 3 days as I knew enough to stop when I felt like throwing things, but it was worth it. (It is actually easy to put together, just a LOT of parts, and it's heavy, but I was able to lift it.)

    I was going to attach my big board that I had made for my regular ironing board, which would have given me a few more inches in width, but I left it the size it is and am happy with it as I no longer have to squeeze between it and my cutting table to get into my sewing room. I did add 3" rotating, locking wheels to make it more mobile and because I needed the extra height. I topped it with a June Tailor PerfectPress that I've had forever and it fit just right. (I used sticky back Velcro and some small nails to keep the pressing mat from moving around.)

    Bonus is the bottom shelf got 2 bags and a basket of "to dos" off the floor.
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    Looks great - lucky you could put it together alone.

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    ​Well done!

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    Excellent job! I too don't have a husband and have to do things myself. I also love my June Tailor PerfectPress. I bought a bunch when they were marked down to almost nothing at JAF almost 2 decades ago.
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    I also got a Harbor Freight workbench, love it. I also put a ironing pad on top. Having the drawers is a great bonus.
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    Cool idea.

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    Great job, maybe that is something I could use too. Thanks for showing us this great ironing board.

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    My husband has that Harbor Freight workbench in his workshop. It is really nice for the price. He got his when it was on sale and with a coupon. I never thought of it for the sewing room. Great idea!

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    Very nice! And the wheels are a brilliant idea (and would be a requirement for me). I did see & admire auntjo's also. I just zipped my computer to Harbor Freight to get work bench length & depth & price. Unfortunately, I do not have the space for anything that wide or that deep. Sigh.

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    You did a great job! looks terrific!

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    Oh my now I want one too! What a great set up and I love the drawers and shelf. This would be a great addition to my studio but I would have to figure out where to put the cedar chest my current Big Board sits on. Thanks for posting the photo.

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    Love it!!!

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    Terrific! Good for you!

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    Awesome job and a great idea...I will have to keep this in mind as I work on creating my sewing room over the garage in the coming year.
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    Wow! That looks very useful. Kudos to you for persevering and getting it all put together.

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    Great idea. And I really like the casters. How tall is it? The HF ad doesn't say.

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    I found a lab work bench on wheels with lots of drawers. Tall enough to be very comfortable and top is made for heat etc. so only need a cover for the condensation. Love it!
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    I have changed my mind about wanting one of these workbenches after reading the reviews on it. So many buyers complained about screw holes not lining up, bolts not working properly, drawer parts not functioning, etc. that I won't bother. I can just hear my dh muttering words he wouldn't normally say and wondering why he didn't just build me one himself. I pass.

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    Looks great. Adding castors was a great idea.
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    It's awesome! Now I want one...
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    Lucky you, and I'm glad it wasn't that difficult to self-assemble. I read one review of it online and it was a savage description, to say the least. As for your storage of your "to dos", it's great to get things out from underfoot, but I have also realized the "out of sight, out of mind" concept! This year is all about finishing the unfinished, completing the uncomplete, and the exhumation / eviction of same!!!!! A list is not enough, I have to see the bags here and there and everywhere in order to attain the proper motivation to get 'er done!
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    I have often looked at that table at Harbor Freight and thought it would make a good work table in a craft/sewing room. Now I see it does. Nice work and congratulations on doing at yourself. The castors are a great touch that I would also want on any table in my sewing room You rock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    Great idea. And I really like the casters. How tall is it? The HF ad doesn't say.
    It's 33" tall, the wheels I added make it 36", which is perfect for me. There are nearly 800 reviews on HF and it has a 4.5 star rating. I didn't have any holes that didn't line up. The drawers were also easy to install, but aren't the smoothest operating. That's not a problem for me as I won't be using them on a daily basis. Thanks to all for the positive comments!
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    Good for you!!
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    JJS, love it! you did a great job!

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