Sleeve board

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Project by PioneerRob posted 12-23-2014 05:51 AM 1670 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A sleeve board is a device used to iron sleeves. While it is a useful device for anyone who endures ironing their own clothes, it’s essential for anyone who makes their own clothes. My wife is one such seamstress. She came to me a while back and asked me to fix her cheap particle board and stamped metal sleeve board. Nagging being the wife of invention, I felt compelled to Make It Better™.

I used the original top of the sleeve board as a template for the top, and the rest is my own invention. In addition to the shape of the top (she really wanted the old cover to fit, refer to picture 2), other critical dimensions were the height and the distance from the nose to the throat. Also, it needed to take the weight of an iron, and survive a short tempered seamstress who can beat me in an arm-wrestle.

It is entirely made of birch. All joinery is hand cut. The angles were fun.

The legs are finished in tung oil, and the top is not finished at all. Last thing you want to do is have any kind of finish soaking through onto the seamstresses work; especially one so strong.

-- Rob, Ontario

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 09:01 AM

Well done, Happy wife = happy life. :>)

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 01:45 PM

Beatiful sleek lines, and yet it looks like it can withstand any sort of abuse.

Well done sir

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 03:01 PM

That turned out very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 04:37 PM

Really cool project. Have to think the wife is very happy.

-- I've almost got all the tools I need, almost.

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