"Fold up" ironing board (reverse engineering) #1: measuring the model and planning any modifications

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Blog entry by jeff_wenz posted 09-04-2010 06:52 PM 8923 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So as part of a Murphy bed build, I wanted to incorporate a fold up (or hide away) ironing board. I have seen these at Lowes and Home Deport starting off about $168. They don’t look that hard to build and I sure think I could save some money AND incorporate some better materials.

Step 1: Take my tape measure to Lowes and jot down some critical measurements. Ok, I forgot paper. Let’s see, what can I find in my glove box? Perfect, my State Farm insurance cards, I can use the back of that! Ugh, bad start…

These units are designed to fit between standard 16” stud space in a wall. Since my use will be a completely custom Murphy bed complex (yes, I’m calling it a “complex”, because it HAS become pretty complex) , I can make mine any size.

Coincidentally, my wife is learning how to sew. Her online class has a iron board cover as an upcoming project. How perfect, huh?

OK, I think I have the critical dimensions. Now I need to head home to build a mock up. The biggest challenge I see right now is the sliding mechanism is lined with plastic. I assume this is to lower the friction. I’m going to have to think about this one…

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 01:36 AM

Looks like you are using the same version of “Sketchup” that I do!

Great project coming up!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-22-2014 01:46 AM

Hieee Jeff

Man I cant see the pictures of your Iron Board Project, Please check

Thank man

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