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Ironing Board

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by scot, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. scot

    scot Senior member

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    Anyone have any strong feelings on ironing boards? Is there any real difference between them, or the coverings on them? Any shapes which work better or worse for shirts?

    Odd question, but I can't think of a better place to get a proper answer.

    Scot
     
  2. acole

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    Sometimes I iron stuff in the evening. Â And when I get up at 3AM and stumble over the @#%$ thing in the dark on my way to the john, you can bet I have some "strong feelings" about ironing boards. We just have a cheap one from Target...I do think the padding could be a bit better; it's collapsed and the pattern of the underlying grill is now visible. Â How many shapes of ironing boards are there, anyway? Â I strongly suspect pressing shirts will be just as big a pain in the ass no matter what kind of surface you use. Â The detailed instructions I pulled off Kabbaz's site really help, though. [​IMG]
     
  3. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I don't know if there are any significant differences, but I gotta admit, I have 'ironing board envy' everytime I see an expensive one.
     
  4. linux_pro

    linux_pro Senior member

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    acole - where were those directions?
     
  5. bigbadbuff

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    I have a cheap $10 one from Wal Mart and it sucks b/c it is so light, and the padding is not very fitted. Getting a decent one soon.
     
  6. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I have a cheapish tabletop one with a cotton (I think) cover and it is working fine. And I actually have a sleeve ironing board*, but I will deny owning it if anyone asks. (It is very useful, actually.)

    *See "You might be clothes-obsessed if..." thread
     
  7. stache

    stache Senior member

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    I love my sleeve board. [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG] Couldn't do without my sleeve board either... [​IMG] MtB
     
  9. petescolari

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    The sleeve board store is right next to the hammock district. *see Simpsons for explanation. Amazon I believe holds the monopoly on sleeve boards. Sleeve boards at Amazon
     
  10. Andrew V.

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    I love my $40 "ultimate" ironing board from Target. It is extra-wide and non-wobbly, and it looks nice.
     
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    [​IMG] Jon. BTW: thanks for the link
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  14. coltboy75

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    Sometimes I iron stuff in the evening. Â And when I get up at 3AM and stumble over the @#%$ thing in the dark on my way to the john, you can bet I have some "strong feelings" about ironing boards.

    We just have a cheap one from Target...I do think the padding could be a bit better; it's collapsed and the pattern of the underlying grill is now visible. Â

    How many shapes of ironing boards are there, anyway? Â I strongly suspect pressing shirts will be just as big a pain in the ass no matter what kind of surface you use. Â The detailed instructions I pulled off Kabbaz's site really help, though. [​IMG]


    I am having the same problem with the grill showing up under the pad. I have changed the pad frequently. Problem is it left a grill mark on a brand new mtm shirt!!!

    Any suggestions???
     
  15. Francisco

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    I am having the same problem with the grill showing up under the pad. I have changed the pad frequently. Problem is it left a grill mark on a brand new mtm shirt!!!

    Any suggestions???



    Maybe you can convert this to a grill and use for grilling steak and barbecue. Should have a nice grill mark on your ribeye steak too.
     
  16. wanderingpilgrim

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    I have a "nicer" ironing board. It seems to be a bit taller than the cheap boards and is much wider and more stable as well. It has a nice little shelf that folds out under the board when you deploy it where I stick my "to be ironed pile". It also has an elevated cord keeper which looks a bit like an antenna and keeps the cord from getting in your way. It also has its own outlet and power cord so you plug the iron into the board as opposed to the wall. This is nice as you can put the board just about anywhere and not have to deal with extension cords while ironing.

    I think I paid about 70 euros for it at Auchan, which is a french mega mart. I will try to dig up a photo if I can as I have been very happy with it.

    Oh, it also has little wheels on it so you can wheel the board around when it is folded but it isn't nearly heavy enough to really merit them.
     
  17. coltboy75

    coltboy75 Senior member

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    Are most ironing boards these days made out of expanded metal that gives that grill look when the pad is wore down? I am looking for something like my sleeve board, that is a wood base. I tried ironing an entire shirt on the sleeve board. It looked great but took twice the time.
     
  18. shiftless_bum

    shiftless_bum Senior member

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    You might be able to use a big sheet of cardboard (like a bicycle or appliance box) or some thin plywood and make a support to go under the pad to block the grill shape. The other option could be, instead of discarding an old pad, just put the new one over top of it. It may be less prone to countouring to the metal table that way.

    I used to have the same problem, but found a board with a solid table when dumpster diving one day.
     
  19. jmacak

    jmacak Active Member

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    I picked up an old-skool wooden ironing board at the Goodwill for about five bucks. (I still see them occasionally.)

    It's a little lower than the standard, but it seems a lot more solid than the krap that you get from the usual stores these days.

    It has a solid top (wood, of course), so no gridwork telegraphing through the pad for me.

    I like it.

    cheers

    joe
     

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