|Project by SPalm||posted 11-18-2014 08:46 PM||2772 views||17 times favorited||25 comments|
These are two projects that I completed recently; a tortilla press and a turned bowl. Both are made out of the cherry that I recently acquired. These will turn into Christmas presents.
I received a note from my daughter that her husband might like a tortilla press. I said ok – neither of us thought that I would make one and I knew nothing about them. I started Googling around and decided to try to make a wooden one. The main plates are about 8 by 10 inches and an inch thick. Routed recesses were added on the top for easy opening. I used my dovetail techniques that I blogged about to attach both the main and handle hinges. The hinge pins are really 1/4 inch steel bolts with the heads sawn off that are then recessed into the cherry/maple and covered with walnut plugs. Before drilling the hinge pin locations I clamped the top and bottom together with two metal rulers in between. This gave a gap of 3/16 inch and determines the thickness of the tortilla.
I also added maple runners for stability when pressing the handle down, and added a maple pressure plate for the handle.
It works great – just mix water and corn, roll into balls, press, and fry in a dry pan. Nummy. A nice trick is to cut the sides off a Ziploc bag making it into hinged plastic and use it to cover both plates while pressing.
The bowl was another attempt to learn to turn. It came out ok. I took a picture of the side to show the form. It does have a small foot that does not show in the pictures. Boy do I have a lot to learn.
Thanks for looking,
-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon