Make a tortilla press

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 01-23-2010 02:35 AM 7608 reads 26 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Aside from woodworking, cooking is one of my passions. Well, that and eating. For what it’s worth on a woodworking forum, I gravitate toward Thai, Indian, and Mexican food. Mexican food is something I make at least twice a week: authentic Yucatan as well as quick Tex-Mex.

It dawned on me recently how much I was spending on tortillas at the store and decided to start making my own. It’s really easy and they taste better, but you need a tortilla press to simplify the process even more. Here’s my version:

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 02:48 AM

Muy bueno! Tengo hambre! Excellent video. What a great weekend project. Did you put a finish on the wood.



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#2 posted 01-23-2010 02:54 AM

Another excellent video!

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 03:27 AM


Great videos. Good use of the scrap. Glad to see I’m not the only one who appreciates cast iron kitchen utensils.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 03:56 AM

I love it. You combined my favorite food with woodworking. Design as you go projects are always fun. Great video.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 04:35 AM

Great Idea and Great Job, I will have one made this weekend.

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 04:57 AM

great video! cool idea! I like my tortillas 1/16” thick though :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 05:14 AM

Them tortilla’s are gonna make you as big as me!! BTW, yours are “torpedos”!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 05:59 AM

Nice idea and video. You made it all look very easy and fun. Thx

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 07:33 AM

Really love your enthusiasm Steve. You are the type of person I would really like to see get a woodworking show :) Your setups are not overly elaborate and you are able to do some quality work with the tools you have. And, more importantly, you look like you are having a total blast while working on it.

Great video,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 08:23 AM

Great video Steve, made your drill press table and it is great. As a chef I always wondered what to make and Mexican and Thai are two of my favorites. I have made my own tortillas for over ten years but with a cast iron press. Will make one as soon as i can. Thai is not a problem for me any more because I was lucky and married a Thai chef! :) Keep up the fun videos.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 02:48 PM

I am so making me one of those! Thanks Steve for yet another great video….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 01-23-2010 04:46 PM

When I lived in Honduras I visited a boarding school and they had a large outdoor kitchen, which had 2 tortilla presses. There were about 800 kids, averaging probably 14 tortillas per meal per kid. The presses they had would make 8-10 tortillas at a time. About 28-30 inches wide and 14-16 inches deep, each side of the press was about 2” thick, with a huge cam style handle to press. It was quite the sight to see a 5’ tall lady grab the handle that was as high as she could possibly reach, and pull down basically lifting herself off the ground to press this thing. They had 2 going basically all day long! Nice press, now I’m hungry for some…

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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#14 posted 01-23-2010 05:06 PM


Nice press design I think I will try one myself…I would suggest that you get a bit more of surface area on your bottom and top slabs…Technically you didn’t make tortillas, you made gorditas (fatter) For tortillas you need smaller dough balls or larger press and press down harder


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#15 posted 01-23-2010 09:55 PM

Great video Steve! have a gift of gab on them….I will certainly have to make one….and they would make great gifts for the chef’s. I make alot of quesadilla’s so making my own tortillas would make them much better….I also used to go to a great Tex Mex in Texas that had a totilla machine that you could go to to get as many tortillas as you needed…both corn and flour…it really made the food authentic…and taste great.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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