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Project by Sawdust4Blood posted 07-14-2012 01:06 AM 2813 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I grew up on my grandmother’s home-made tortillas so this was a project that I had been wanting to do for some time. Since I was also looking for a project that I could make with leftover pieces in the scrap bin, it seemed like the perfect time. It’s made mostly from maple and cherry with a small piece of sapele (maybe African mahogany) for the push block under the handle. The finish is food grade mineral oil and beeswax. It was an easy but fun build… tomorrow’s project: tortillas!!!

-- Greg, Severn MD





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#1 posted 07-14-2012 01:24 AM

very cool press a super design.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 01:41 AM

WOW , that looks like an awesome design ! Great project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 02:02 AM

Oh that is soooo much nicer than the chintzy aluminum one I have. Maybe I would make tortillas more often if I got to lay my hands on that each time!

Can it stand on the hinged edge when not in use? – I would want that visible in my kitchen all the time.

(on a completely different note – is everyone getting the sidebar advert for some sort of a tortilla bowl contraption or is it simply an ironic coincidence?)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 10:40 AM

Greg,

Great design and very nice Fit and Finish.

Favorited and added to my ‘To Do’ short list if you don’t mind me barrowing your design. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 03:44 PM

Greg, that is a super clean design well executed. Nicely done! Looks like it will be fun to use… now make some tortilla’s!

And Kay, yes I am seeing the same sidevert…internet advertising at its finest.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 10:03 PM

Super good job.
I need to make one.

-- Wendy, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 10:18 PM

Very well executed, I can see you left some space for the tortilla thickness….good job!

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#8 posted 07-15-2012 12:57 AM

Nice job! That is cool!

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 05:37 PM

That looks great! I made mine (see it in my projects) out of two 3/4” layers laminated cross grain on the advice of a couple of mexicans at the lumber yard. Mine is hickory and walnut. How well does yours work? The concern on mine was that the stiff tortilla dough would split the grain on the platten. ;})

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 01:15 AM

Thanks to all for the comments. I am happy to report that it works at least as well as it looks. My only regret is that I hadn’t made one of these earlier. It takes less than a minute to mix up the dough and each one cooks for about a minute on each side in a hot dry skillet or griddle. They are so easy and taste so much better than the store bought tortillas that I can’t believe I’ve been putting up with store bought all these years.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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