How to Build an Ironing-Board Cabinet

Follow these instructions for constructing a laundry-room space-saver.

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Make the most of your laundry-room space with these instructions for a cabinet with a swing-down door that conceals an ironing board.

Materials and Tools:

table saw
"L" bracket
spring clamps
combination square
circular saw
jigsaw
drill
hot-glue gun with glue
wood glue
nail gun
router
torpedo level
stud finder
awl
pull saw
tape
rasp
needle-nose pliers
tape measure
carpenter's pencil
safety glasses
dust mask
¾-inch poplar for frame
¼-inch pine plywood for back of cabinet
¾-inch birch plywood for shelf and ironing board
2-by-2-inch lumber for ironing-board support pieces
barrel hinge
small-diameter chain
5 eyebolts
latch for eyebolt

Steps:

1. Sketch a design, including measurements.

2. Put on safety glasses and dust mask and cut frame elements out of poplar with the table saw.

3. Assemble pieces by applying glue to the ends and then clamping them to an "L" bracket.

4. Mark points for nails and drive in nails with a nail gun.

5. Place a piece of ¼-inch plywood on top of the frame and mark a line to serve as a nail guide. Set the combination square so that the line is 3/8-inch from the edge, which will place your nails in the middle of the ¾-inch poplar frame.

6. Attach plywood with the nail gun along two sides. Trim excess plywood on the other two sides with a jigsaw to make a rough cut and with a router to make the fine cut.

7. Cut a birch plywood shelf to fit the front of the cabinet using the table saw.

8. Attach the birch shelf to the cabinet with a barrel hinge. Clamp the shelf and the cabinet to the work surface and line up a barrel hinge. Poke holes for the screws with an awl. Insert screws to secure the hinge by hand.

9. Cut an ironing board out of the ¾-inch birch so that it will fit inside the cabinet when turned sideways.

10. Cut support pieces for the ironing board out of 2-by-2 lumber and birch. Place a long piece against the bottom side of the cabinet, place birch pieces on either side, spaced so the ironing board will fit between them, and top off with another long 2-by-2.

11. Attach pieces with glue and secure by driving nails through the back of the cabinet and into the supports.

12. Notch a 2-by-2 block to secure the ironing board inside the cabinet when not in use. Attach the block to the back of the cabinet with glue.

13. Use a screwdriver and needle-nose pliers to attach eyebolts near the inside top of the cabinet and near the inside edge of the shelf. Cut restraining chain to two equal lengths and attach to eyebolts with pliers.

14. Attach the last eyebolt to the edge of the shelf, near the top, and attach the latch to the side of the cabinet so that it fits into the eyebolt, securing the cabinet shut when not in use.

15. Use the stud finder to locate wall studs. Have someone hold the cabinet in place while you secure it to the wall studs with a drill and screws. Use a torpedo level to make sure the cabinet is level.

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