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    Whoo hoo! Went into Goodwill Wed. and found a fairly new, clean, working ironing board for $1.25! I don't even need to repaint her. Just wash her up.
    Now need to get to Lowes for the board and make her. Yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    It's easy peasy...
    I took a piece of plywood, cut to the length I wanted and I rounded the corners so they weren't so pokey. I cut mine originally at 24x48" and found the 24" to be too deep for me so I cut it down to 18 or 20. I don't remember exactly the number and I'll admit it - I'm too lazy to get the tape measure out. I only did 48" as I bought a half sheet of plywood from Home Depot so that's what it was going to be for me. If I could do it again, I might go a wee bit longer but then with my ironing board I'm still able to use the handy dandy iron rest which is sweet too...


    Thanks so much!!!!

    okay.. onward with the directions...
    Lay your cotton material (I used stripes cause I had it in canvas and it was fun to look at) that is about 3-4" bigger than your board on each side.

    Put 2 thicknesses of cotton batting on that,
    Lay your board on that.
    Take a staple gun and wrap around the fabric and staple... all the way on one side - then do the other side, stretching the material as you go.

    Then do the short ends the same way - pulling, and stretching to get it tight.

    I then took pieces of 1x2" boards, cut in to 4 pieces,
    Lay your ironing board on top and mark where you should put your cut pieces of wood - I put one on each side of the length of it and one on each side of where the ironing board tapers... then nail them in place.

    Bam! You got a kickin' ironing board that other quilters are jealous of! I know that my sewing group loves my ironing board!

    Here's a pic of the back side of the board - and one of it on the ironing board - okay, you'll have to use your imagination on how it would look when the ironing board is in its upright position.. I'm just not that tall to get an overhead shot without standing on a chair lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    It's easy peasy...
    I took a piece of plywood, cut to the length I wanted and I rounded the corners so they weren't so pokey. I cut mine originally at 24x48" and found the 24" to be too deep for me so I cut it down to 18 or 20. I don't remember exactly the number and I'll admit it - I'm too lazy to get the tape measure out. I only did 48" as I bought a half sheet of plywood from Home Depot so that's what it was going to be for me. If I could do it again, I might go a wee bit longer but then with my ironing board I'm still able to use the handy dandy iron rest which is sweet too...


    okay.. onward with the directions...
    Lay your cotton material (I used stripes cause I had it in canvas and it was fun to look at) that is about 3-4" bigger than your board on each side.

    Put 2 thicknesses of cotton batting on that,
    Lay your board on that.
    Take a staple gun and wrap around the fabric and staple... all the way on one side - then do the other side, stretching the material as you go.

    Then do the short ends the same way - pulling, and stretching to get it tight.

    I then took pieces of 1x2" boards, cut in to 4 pieces,
    Lay your ironing board on top and mark where you should put your cut pieces of wood - I put one on each side of the length of it and one on each side of where the ironing board tapers... then nail them in place.

    Bam! You got a kickin' ironing board that other quilters are jealous of! I know that my sewing group loves my ironing board!

    Here's a pic of the back side of the board - and one of it on the ironing board - okay, you'll have to use your imagination on how it would look when the ironing board is in its upright position.. I'm just not that tall to get an overhead shot without standing on a chair lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    It's easy peasy...
    I took a piece of plywood, cut to the length I wanted and I rounded the corners so they weren't so pokey. I cut mine originally at 24x48" and found the 24" to be too deep for me so I cut it down to 18 or 20. I don't remember exactly the number and I'll admit it - I'm too lazy to get the tape measure out. I only did 48" as I bought a half sheet of plywood from Home Depot so that's what it was going to be for me. If I could do it again, I might go a wee bit longer but then with my ironing board I'm still able to use the handy dandy iron rest which is sweet too...


    okay.. onward with the directions...
    Lay your cotton material (I used stripes cause I had it in canvas and it was fun to look at) that is about 3-4" bigger than your board on each side.

    Put 2 thicknesses of cotton batting on that,
    Lay your board on that.
    Take a staple gun and wrap around the fabric and staple... all the way on one side - then do the other side, stretching the material as you go.

    Then do the short ends the same way - pulling, and stretching to get it tight.

    I then took pieces of 1x2" boards, cut in to 4 pieces,
    Lay your ironing board on top and mark where you should put your cut pieces of wood - I put one on each side of the length of it and one on each side of where the ironing board tapers... then nail them in place.

    Bam! You got a kickin' ironing board that other quilters are jealous of! I know that my sewing group loves my ironing board!

    Here's a pic of the back side of the board - and one of it on the ironing board - okay, you'll have to use your imagination on how it would look when the ironing board is in its upright position.. I'm just not that tall to get an overhead shot without standing on a chair lol.
    I saw one of these in the Clotilde catalog and decided my hubby could make one....he did, I covered it, he put the "guides" on the back to fit over my ironing board, and voila!! Saved a ton of money and then decided I needed a stand for the left front corner, due to a "tipsy" feeling so looked in the catalog again and they used PVC pipe and a flange so off to Farm Fleet and found these pieces and made my own "leg"!

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    DH made my first one using a hollow core door. I told him what I wanted. The reason we used the hollow core door is bc I had used if for my first HQ and didn't need it anymore. It sat on top of the ironing board. Now I have plywood on top of a kitchen cabinet that we got free on Craigslist. No holes drilled in either and I've never had any problems. I use one layer of batting then the silcone fabric, stapled on the underneath side. Someone had suggested using muslin or duck for the ironing surface, but I didn't like it and went back to the silcone fabric.

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    cool thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt3311
    My LQS gals made these for their classroom. However I was told to be sure to drill holes in the plywood about every 4 - 6 inches to allow steam to go through. Assuming you use steam in your iron. They were burning out their Rowenta irons after a couple months and couldn't figure out why. Somehow the steam backs up or something and will damage the iron. If you look at a regular board it does have holes in the surface. So DH drilled holes in mine and so far I haven't had a problem.
    I use the old wooden ironing boards and there are no holes in them..I think the wooden ones will not be a problem with burning up irons. I also bought a second board at a thrift shop (wooden again) and have that just for clothes. So my homemade big board sits over my regular ironing board...so far no problem!!

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    Look what I finally got my Honey to make for me yesterday. I am lovin it already. Yep after he read everyones tips yesterday, here my end result for my very own big ironing board. Thanks for all the great posts-all were very helpful.

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    Good Idea!----I need one of those.

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    Thanks Joan, actually it was so easy, not sure why I hadn't made it myself before now.

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    I love mine.. I really really do... although I do want to look in to building nice sturdy yet collapsible legs to mine... It would make transporting it to sewing group a lot easier - one less thing to take with me lol.

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    Craftiladi...it looks as though it is a bit longer to the left than the legs so could be "end heavy". If you get a clotilde magazine there is a support you can buy/make to put under that end. Cost was less than $5 for me, cuz we had some of the parts!! It's made of the plastic sewer pipes with a flange to sit it in!! Works so slick!! Enjoy your new table top!!!

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    This is exactly how I made mine....sold it when I left AK and now I need a new one!

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    This is such a useful tute...I just showed it to the hubby....fingers crossed hope he makes me one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt3311
    My LQS gals made these for their classroom. However I was told to be sure to drill holes in the plywood about every 4 - 6 inches to allow steam to go through. Assuming you use steam in your iron. They were burning out their Rowenta irons after a couple months and couldn't figure out why. Somehow the steam backs up or something and will damage the iron. If you look at a regular board it does have holes in the surface. So DH drilled holes in mine and so far I haven't had a problem.
    I would be willing to bet it was more of a problem with the irons than not having holes in the ironing board. There has been numerous complaints about the Rowenta irons not lasting even under just normal use. I have gone through 2 in 18 months and I only used them to iron my husbands dress pants and shirts..I wont buy another .

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    If you put holes in that plywood, what you are doing is allowing steam to get into the wood, eventually you will cause it warp and mold!

    Rowentas are NOT good irons..(at least not the newer or low wattage ones)...I used my big board with NO holes in for 5 years with a very expensive Maytag cordless iron..never had any issues...

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    I would love to have a big ironing board,but having a place to store it when not in use.Connie in CO

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    How thick of plywood did you use to make the board? I am going to have my husband make me one but we can't agree on how thick the wood should be.

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    I used 3/4" plywood I believe.

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    See another great tut, you bunch of quilters have it going on i'm telling you, i'm so enjoying this link.and another jifty job for my handy dandy Hubby

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    I need to get my hubby to make me one of these ironing boards, thank you

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    I think that I am going to make one of these, however have it attached to my wall. Thanks for the great idea!

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    Oh my dh made me one a couple years ago! I love it! And him!!!

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    I have been wanting to make one of these! Thanks so much and the pictures really help!

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    I saw one at a quilt show several years back and asked my son to make me one for my birthday. I had the ad from the show so I went on line to find the dimensions and emailed him the picture of it. I absolutely love the board.

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