Sunday greetings peeps!
You might recall that awhile ago I’ve started a DIY Pressing Tool Series posts and unfortunately it stopped short due to my long struggle with malware attack. Don’t worry though, I haven’t forgotten the promises I’ve made.
For a while, I’d been searching for an affordable tailor’s pressing board. The thing is, no one in Spain really knows what it is or has seen it. Isn’t it strange? I thought it was something any professional tailor or any dressmaker would have at hand. I know that I can buy them online from websites like here & here. As you can see, it just costs way too much for hardwood timber pressing boards. And even if the board itself doesn’t cost a bomb, I still have to bare the postage price, which makes it a bit uneconomical for me. Another thing is that June Tailor’s board has been taken out of production. So whatever is left out there, is it and hence (I think) the high price tag. Fortunately for those of you in the US, there is one company called Golden Hands Industries, Inc. who still makes the board. They are old-school and don’t have a website. You will have to contact the owner directly and order one (see the details is here).
Now if you are stingy like me and are not willing to pay more than 30 euros for the board, you can opt to a DIY option. All you need is some hardwood and some good wood tools at home. I am well aware that not everyone has them…but it can’t be too hard to find someone who does. Get your dad or your husband to make one for you if they have some handy carpentry skill. Find an affordable carpenter and get them to make it for you. Or if you have an access to a carpentry workshop, why not make one yourself! Fortunately for me, I got my dad to help me out. Thanks dad!
Things You Will Need:
16″x 24″ x 1″ thick (or 6″x 30″ x 1″ thick) hardwood like oak
good sanding tools
wood cutting machine
Tailor’s Board Pattern (click the image below to download)
I have to apologise that I don’t actually have a step-by-step photos to show you how to put one together. But I think it is simple enough to see how it goes together from the pattern I’ve provided. All you need is to print out the pattern as it is (no need to scale up or down) on A4 paper (4 pages) and attach them together like you would do with sewing patterns. Cut out the three wooden pieces a, b and c as per the drawing. Screw (you might want to use the wood glue to give it extra strength) them together as per the drawing and Bob’s your uncle. Take note though that there are 2 points that you will need to taper and curve maybe hard to cut if you do it yourself, so take your time. That is really all to it.
Here is a vdo from Nancy’s Notion showing you how to use the board: How to use a tailor’s board
Have fun making a tailor’s board guys!