Hi Jeff, I found your blog in my search for an ironing board setup like this - thank you, this is just what I need. I was also very interested in this community so I joined.Other important details
So some important details I have not mentioned yet.
The routed groove:
- There is 2 ½" inches from the front of the case to the groove.
- The top of the groove bends in ½"
Use aluminum for protection. I purchased a 24×6" piece and cut it in half. I sprayed it with white epoxy appliance spray paint then mounted it with 3M's Super 77 spray adhesive.
Install in coordination with your heat shields. This put my shelf 12" down from the top.
If you decide to use this, install it as far right as possible. I left about an inch space to the right, but now our iron is a tight fit on the left when in storage. Also, the electrical line comes in from the top. this unit cost around $35. I am glad I got it, but it is also an easy upgrade at a later time assuming getting power to the top of your unit is somewhat easy.
Ironing Board Cover:
Lowes sells a cover that should fit the board dimensions I gave in a previous post. If not, use batting and fabric with elastic to make a padded cover. I rounded over the edges of the board using a 1/8" roundover bit.
Our previous ironing board height was 36" off of the ground. This is a comfortable height for my wife, so when I mounted the completed unit, I made sure the board height was around 36".
Ok, that is all the info I can think of to share. Please let me know if I can answer any questions. Good luck!
You may not know it, but people may be looking for your article. We're very sad that the pictures are missing - maybe you could repost them?
Here's how I found your project. There is a DIYer who was featured on Houzz (a big-deal home decor blog) and she used your instructions as inspiration to build her fold-up and swivel board.
Here's the article and her video about her laundry room where she shows her board. Not as well done as yours, but it works for her -
And here's her blog where she mentions your instructions and the hacks she had to do for her project.
Best to you,