Member since 10/5/13
Date: 4/22/14 3:36 PM
Hi all I am trying to figure out a cutting/ironing table.
I am using a k leg frame putting a 2 ft by 4 ft board on top and then going to half another 2ft by 4 ft board and add to each end and make them so they fold down along the sides. So when down it will be a 2 ft by 4 ft table but when up it can be either a 6 ft or an 8 ft table.
I plan to use this for a cutting/ironing table.
I was originally going to put a permanent cover on it but since hubby got nicer wood for it I'd kind of like to either stain or color the wood and then make a padded ironing cover that I can remove.
I have just started thinking about this and trying to figure out the best way to do it so I thought I would pick y'alls brains to see what you all could suggest.
You all might be able to bring up things that I won't think about when trying to figure it out as to what will work and what won't and why.
I have never used anything like this before but figure it can be done as long as I have an idea of whats what as far as what I should be aiming for and what I should try to avoid.
So any ideas, suggestions and input at all will be Greatly Appreciated as I figure the more info and ideas I can get from you all that are more experienced with these things the better it will help me figure out a good way of doing it.
So any and all dos and don'ts are Welcome!
Also suggestions on the best materials to use for the ironing mat is also Appreciated.
Thanks so very much
Member since 9/17/07
Date: 4/22/14 4:00 PM
I recently made a new ironing pad for my ironing board; not sure how well it would work for your table set up because the ironing board has metal mesh for the base. I made the pad in a similar way that one would make an ironing board cover, except that I used two layers of cotton canvas and layered wool quilt batting (you could use wool surplus blankets as well) in between.
I've read that the idea is that the wool pulls the steam away from the board (as opposed to reflect it back with the store-bought pads) and you can theoretically use hotter ironing temperatures with this. I can't/haven't verified if this is the case, but I do like ironing with the wool pad. It's much nicer than the reflective pads you can get at the stores!
Since your ironing pad is going to be removable, you might be able to get a plywood board the size of your table. Then layer with wool batting/blankets and a canvas cover (stapled to the board). You can then finish the "wrong" side so it won't scuff your nice table. I want to say the FFRP ladies cover this in one of their books (that I don't have).
Member since 5/22/06
In reply to josiemae
Date: 4/22/14 4:32 PM
A good ironing board is so important and it's great you're planning carefully. I'll add a little to what MilonguerraThreads wrote above.
First, I love having wool padding as the base layer.
As part of a sewing room makeover, I had an ironing table built that is 60W by 22D. It has 2 shallow wide drawers for tools and two shelves below where I keep 2 large and deep rectangular baskets for pressing equipment. None of the equipment is visible, so it's looks nice!
On top of the table, I have a piece of 54W x 22D x 3/4H plywood covered tightly in two layers of thick cream colored wool padding (from Pendleton Mills). Then the wool was covered with cotton ticking. Each layer was wrapped around to the back of the board and stapled into the board. The ticking can easily be removed if needed, but it's easy to protect the surface of the board when doing things like fusing. Finally, the board was placed on top of a piece of rubber drawer liner cut just shy of the board size so it doesn't show. That both protects the table top surface and keeps the board from moving.
Along with my Naomoto gravity feed iron that I've had for many years, this is the best ironing setup I've ever had. It's both attractive and functional! HTH
ETA #1, This might work beautifully for you, as you can just remove the ironing board from your larger table when you want to use the table for cutting.
ETA#2, Since your question also asked about a removable pad, it would be very easy to use these same materials and make the top ticking cover with an elastic and/ or drawstring tie that could be drawn very tightly around the board top -and removed as needed.
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