|Use a hardwood (not fir or plywood) kitchen cutting board instead of an ironing board. I use the un-used side of my board. This iron board is wonderful for ironing small pieces-facings and quilt pieces. The idea came after reading the chat here with David Page Coffin December 19, 2004. David has a new CD “On Making Pants” and is a talented sewer and author of several books, one I have on tailoring shirts (Shirtmaking.) David says “...Oldtime tailors covered a wooden tabletop with a layer of blanket and pressed on that...the wood stays cool and provides a firm surface” to iron on. “Padded surfaces like those on most ironing boards are way too soft for good pressing results.” Using this type of surface to iron can give your pants a sharp crease-do not move the fabric until it’s cooled off and dry, David says. This is a good tip, thanks David!