One of my unmet first quarter finish along goals to to turn a thin piece of towel-covered plywood into a proper pressing board. I've been using it that way for at least a couple of years, ever since I realized that pieces pressed on the board didn't stretch out of shape as they did when I used my laundry ironing board.
But even though it was a simple enough task, I didn't do it. Then when I was putting the binding on my Anita's Arrowhead quilt, I realized why. The entire time, I kept muttering about the board being too small. I baste with washable glue, which means the entire binding has to be pressed to heat set the glue. It seemed as if I was shifting the board every few inches. That's when the light bulb went on, and I realized that I didn't have to use this board just because it was at hand. I could actually buy one the right size. When I told my husband that I was off to the lumber store, he said that he was sure that he had something that would meet my needs. Handy guy that he is, he quickly cut a piece down to size, rounding the corners to prevent injury.
Then, I just covered it with a leftover piece of batting, gluing it down around the top, side and bottom edges, and made a slipcover. It now covers half of my work table, leaving the other half free for cutting.