Level of Difficulty: Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
Completion Time: 1 Day
An in-wall ironing board is extremely practical - discreet, convenient and even stylish. Save precious space and waste no time putting away your iron and ironing board when you’re done.
This ironing centre is made of MDF, 60"H by 16"W. You can hang the door so it opens to the left or to the right, and the adjustable shelf can be placed at the top or the bottom of the cabinet. Special skills are not required for this project, aside from cutting the angles for the ironing board.
- Table saw or circular saw with cutting guide
- Drill with 1/8" bit
- Tape Measure
- Countersink for No. 6 and No. 8 screws
- Carpenter square
- Hammer or Finish nailer
- Putty knife
- Paint prep tools and brushes
- 1 sheet MDF, 5/8" x 48" x 96"
- 1 sheet MDF, 3/4" x 48" x 48"
- ½" No. 6 screws for the hinges
- 1 ½" No. 8 screws for assembly
- 2" No. 8 screws for wall fastening
- Finishing nails
- Carpenter glue
- 2 MDF picture rails, 5/8" x 1, 5/8" x 8’
- 1 patio door security bar, for the leg
- 1 piano hinge, 1¼"W, 60"L
- 1 piano hinge, 1¼"W, 9 7/8"L
- Shelf brackets
- Fine grain sandpaper sponge block
- 150-grain sandpaper
- Primer and paint
MDF is a versatile material that makes it easy to build strong, sturdy and affordable furniture. It is advisable to always glue the parts together with wood glue before fastening them with nails or screws. If the nails or screws do not provide enough strength, use clamps to hold the assembly together while the glue dries.
Always drill pilot holes using a countersink bit, with the pieces in their final assembled position. This will prevent the MDF from buckling or splitting under the torque of the screws. In one motion, the countersink bit bores a hole for the body of the screw as well as a cavity to conceal the screw head. You can use a driver-drill to do this, but it is advisable to finish tightening the screws with a manual screwdriver to prevent the driver-drill’s speed and force from damaging the MDF and weakening the screw’s grip.
For some projects it is best to use finishing nails. In such cases, using a pneumatic nailer will get the job done more quickly and easily, and the nails will hardly show.
Always wear a protective mask when cutting or sanding MDF as the dust can be irritating and is a potential heath hazard. Work outside if you can; if this is not possible, close any air vents and doors leading to other rooms so as to prevent the dust from spreading. Open a window while you work and cover all items in the room with dust sheets. Vacuum once you have finished cutting.