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"Fold up" ironing board (reverse engineering)

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Blog series by jeff_wenz updated 09-05-2010 04:23 AM 4 parts 18305 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: measuring the model and planning any modifications

09-04-2010 06:52 PM by jeff_wenz | 2 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Building a functional mock up

09-05-2010 02:01 AM by jeff_wenz | 0 comments »

So I know I need to work out the sliding mechanism. 3 goals here: 1. Make sure the components fit into the space I’m allocating for it.2. Ensure all the pieces work and it is easy to slide up and down.3. Make sure the ironing board is level in the down position. Here are all the components (minus the door which I will build as part of the Murphy bed complex). I built a wall (16” stud mockup) and starting assembling the pieces I had cut from my measurements in post #1...

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Part 3: Parts list

09-05-2010 03:41 AM by jeff_wenz | 0 comments »

After building the mock up, here is the parts list: Case:(2) sides – ¾” maple/plywood combo (46 ½ x 7 ½”)(1) top – ¾” plywood (13×7 ½”)(1) bottom – ¾” plywood (13×7 ½”)(1) shelf – ¾ plywood (13×5 ¼”)(1) back – ¼” plywood (46 ½ x 14 ½”) Ironing Board:(1) ironing board – ¾” MDF (42 ¼ x 12”) the last 13” are tapered down to a 4 1/2” circle (see pic below with cottage cheese container)(1) board support – ¾” MDF (12×11 ½”) rounded – see pic below(1) slid...

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Part 4: Other important details

09-05-2010 04:23 AM by jeff_wenz | 4 comments »

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” Heat Shields: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. Shelf:Install in coordination with your heat shields. This put my shelf 12” down from the top. Electrical...

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