|Project by STL||posted 12-19-2010 03:13 AM||6002 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
Due to my son’s food allergies we have had to alter our diet. As a result, we decided to try some homemade tortillas. After doing some research, I realized I needed a tortilla press to make it easier and faster. I studied different designs and decided I wanted to make one that featured some Spanish/Mexican styling while being functional at the same time. After I made my first one I had some requests for more, thus I made several. I’ve got one on ebay to see how it sells on-line.
I saw my own lumber with my 1220 mill. Most of my logs come from yard/urban trees that people want gone. These logs are a little more trouble to get and work with, but milling them into lumber gives new birth to something that would be destined either for the landfill or a burn pile! I had some dry red oak that I milled last year that I chose for this project.
I designed the press with bevels to give it an Aztec-like look. These bevels also make opening the press easier. When the top is opened they provide a natural stop to keep it from hitting the countertop. I finished it in mineral oil/paraffin wax which results in a really nice food safe finish.To use, just place a golf ball sized dough ball on the press, close the top and press down on the handle. This creates a perfect round tortilla just the right thickness—it couldn’t be easier. They taste so much better than the ones you buy!
Hope you like it!
-- Dan Siggers, Alabama, http://www.siggerstraditionsllc.com