Tortilla Press

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Project by Bagtown posted 12-22-2011 02:36 AM 3808 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

This is a tortilla press I made for a Christmas present. (I hope they don’t see it here in the next few days)
It is made from re-purposed (old university bunk beds) maple.
I took inspiration from Steveinmarin here.
Finished with a food safe butcherblock/salad bowl finish that I found at the local Home Hardware called “Terra Nova”.

My wife was telling some folks at the cafe ( shameless plug – we own the cafe) about me building this and already some people want to order one.

It’s about eight inches square and the boards are about an inch thick. I ran the dado blade partway up the edge of the top on both sides to provide a handle to lift it. I wedged the ends of the pivot dowel with small red oak wedges.

Hinges are solid brass to avoid any rusting.

My drill press is about ten years old and is a tiny bench top one, and it doesn’t have the travel to drill through 4 inches. So I scrapped a few pieces trying different methods. Drilling from both ends to meet in the midle, etc. I finally finished with sloooooowly drilling down the extent of the quills travel and then put a block underneath and repeated this till it finally came through the other end. It still wasn’t a straight hole but nobody will know except me. . . except that now I’ve told the whole world. . .

I also made a sketchup model if anyone is interested.

Thanks for looking,


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 02:56 AM


This is a great tortilla press. Your drill press story exemplifies woodworkers …...figure out a way to “get r done”!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 03:49 AM

Good job.

If you check my projects, you will that I just did one also. The primary differences are that I shaped the lever more and I avoided any hardware. Otherwise, we are on the same wavelength.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 05:59 AM

A great and fun project… this one, thanks for sharing it!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 06:54 AM

Hey Mike! Nice take on the tortilla press! I would love to post the Sketchup on my web site, if you don’t mind sending to me. Have you made homemade tortillas before? They are SO good!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 01:48 AM

Thanks for the kind comments gentlemen.

Steve -I’ve emailed that model to you. Yes I have a too small aluminum press that I’m going to soon send to the Sally Ann, just as soon as I make one of these for me.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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