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Blog entry by Jerry posted 04-22-2019 06:25 PM 377 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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THESE PICTURES ARE KINDA SMALL!! So if you want me to send you the plans and a sketchup model, PM me with your actual email address and I’ll send it to you.

Bottom Plate – 10×10 x 3/4 – Spacers are 1×1 x 3/32

Top Plate – 9×10 – Cross Bar is 3/4×1/2×10

Handle is 10×2 21/32×3/4 – Start the arc for the handle 1” down from the top and end it right on top of the cross bar

Fulcrum is 3×4 3/4×1 3/4

Use Piano hinge on the rear

Steps:

1) Cut the top and bottom plates to size

2) Fabricate and glue the spacers to the top of the bottom plate

3) Fabricate and glue the crossbar to the top of the top plate

4) Clamp the assembly together and install the piano hinge at the rear

5) Fabricate the fulcrum block in two parts in order to get the spacing for the step up over the back edge of the bottom plate – Glue them together and cut out the slot for the handle on the band saw.

6) Fabricate the handle and insert it into the fulcrum block at the correct position – the bottom back of the handle will need to be rounded off a bit to allow free rotation.

7) Clamp the handle and fulcrum block together and drill the hole for the hinge pin – once the hole is drilled disassemble temporarily

8) Temporarily remove the hinge from the top and bottom plates to facilitate the next steps

9) Glue and clamp the fulcrum block to the bottom plate, let it dry, then drill for the two support dowels – cut them a little too long.

10) Apply glue to the dowels and pound them in with a soft hammer and cut them flush with the back edge of the bottom plate

11) Reassemble the top and bottom plates with the hinge

12) Put the handle in the fulcrum block and drive the hinge through

13) Apply a food grade finish.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/



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pottz

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#1 posted 04-22-2019 06:58 PM

hey i was thinking jerry what if you cover the surfaces that contact the tortillas with formica,you wouldn’t need to oil the boards that way and easy to clean?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 04-22-2019 07:17 PM

Nice plans, Jerry…........ along with Pottz said…maybe use a sheet of stainless or corian for the contact surfaces.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jerry

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#3 posted 04-22-2019 08:16 PM



hey i was thinking jerry what if you cover the surfaces that contact the tortillas with formica,you wouldn t need to oil the boards that way and easy to clean?

- pottz

Nice plans, Jerry……..... along with Pottz said…maybe use a sheet of stainless or corian for the contact surfaces.

cheers, Jim

The oil is there to protect, seal, and finish the wood, and does not have a functional part in the actual making of the tortillas.

You cannot make tortillas unless you squash them out between two pieces of plastic.

If you try to make them on an uncovered surface, whether it be formica, or oiled wood or whatever they will stick to the two plates like glue and you will not be able to remove them without destroying the tortilla.

Masa dough is about as sticky as pancake batter with only a little more body, so it’s absolutely imperative that you form the tortillas between two sheets of plastic wrap and then transfer them to wax or parchment paper prior to putting them on the griddle.

Even then it’s a crapshoot if you will get them onto the griddle in one piece. It requires a careful touch.

Bottom line is the sole function of the press is to flatten the masa dough, other than that, it’s out of the picture.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#4 posted 04-22-2019 10:46 PM


hey i was thinking jerry what if you cover the surfaces that contact the tortillas with formica,you wouldn t need to oil the boards that way and easy to clean?

- pottz

Nice plans, Jerry……..... along with Pottz said…maybe use a sheet of stainless or corian for the contact surfaces.

cheers, Jim

The oil is there to protect, seal, and finish the wood, and does not have a functional part in the actual making of the tortillas.

You cannot make tortillas unless you squash them out between two pieces of plastic.

If you try to make them on an uncovered surface, whether it be formica, or oiled wood or whatever they will stick to the two plates like glue and you will not be able to remove them without destroying the tortilla.

Masa dough is about as sticky as pancake batter with only a little more body, so it s absolutely imperative that you form the tortillas between two sheets of plastic wrap and then transfer them to wax or parchment paper prior to putting them on the griddle.

Even then it s a crapshoot if you will get them onto the griddle in one piece. It requires a careful touch.

Bottom line is the sole function of the press is to flatten the masa dough, other than that, it s out of the picture.

- Jerry


sounds good you havn’t scared me off yet jer-lol. i gotta make some we go through a lot and id love to try some freshly made.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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mikeacg

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#5 posted 04-23-2019 01:59 AM

Jerry,

Many thanks for taking the time to do this! I can’t wait to get mine built and start having fresh tortillas again.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Jerry

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#6 posted 04-23-2019 02:53 AM



Jerry,

Many thanks for taking the time to do this! I can t wait to get mine built and start having fresh tortillas again.

- mikeacg

No problem, I sent you bigger, more detailed pictures and the sketchup model to your personal email address, so be sure to check it.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 04-25-2019 03:56 PM

Interesting idea. When can I see the finished products?

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Jerry

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#8 posted 04-25-2019 05:40 PM



Interesting idea. When can I see the finished products?

- Jay Coleman

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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pottz

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#9 posted 04-25-2019 06:25 PM

man thats tortilla perfection jer.now i want some taco’s-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Jerry

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#10 posted 04-25-2019 07:07 PM



man thats tortilla perfection jer.now i want some taco s-lol.

- pottz

:-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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