challenge09 Tortilla Press

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Project by joey posted 05-08-2010 03:00 AM 7864 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I build this because I like making my own tortillas and all I could find around here was press that made 5” tortillas. all of the wood and hinges are scrapes I had from other jobs the hinge pin is just that an old hinge pin from a door hinge I just peened it over. I designed this project a while ago you can read about how I designed it on my blog. I dovetailed the upright to give it more support and had cross pieces to help stabilize the wood for the press. they are glued in the center so everything can expand as it will without damage. I can wait to start making my own tortillas.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#1 posted 05-08-2010 03:16 AM

Hey this is really cool. Love it. What a great idea! I’ll take 3 dozen tortillas, YUM!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 05:14 AM

Great idea for a project Joey and good execution too. I love that dovetail. Is that handcut? Does that cam like shape work to create a mechanical advantage while pressing? If so, how did you design it so it would work? I’m no mechanical engineer so those things baffle me.


-- Jim

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 05:14 AM

Mmm, fresh tortillas!

-- Scott

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 06:32 AM

Okay… I’ve no idea how that works. Could you post a few pics in working mode?


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#5 posted 05-08-2010 07:36 AM

Great press! Looks really sturdy. The dovetailed upright is a great idea.

Kerux: Here’s a video my son made showing how to use a tortilla press:

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 08:03 AM

Outputter yes I hand cut the dovetail and the slot for the handle I also hand planed everything. the only power tools I used was a drill and a bandsaw. Everything is glued there are no nails or screws except in the hinges. I just guessed at the cam hoping it would make contact at point where the dough stopped the top board and then give me leverage to the bottom. It all seemed to work great I made some tortillas just to try it out, beats the rolling pin like I use to do them.

Kerux I will try to post some pics in working mode or check out Stevinmarin video on youtube.

This was a fun project that let me use up some small scraps of maple and cherry I have been hanging on to for a while. I made also me some marking and panel gages out of some of this same scrap and a scraper plane. now I am working a set of trammel points, but since I had to buy the brass that was used in them they didn’t qualify for this contest.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#7 posted 05-08-2010 02:55 PM

This looks real handy and sturdy, but I would be afraid to have one. My wife might use it to squeeze my fingers in it when I’ve been bad. Looking forward to seeing it in use.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-08-2010 06:07 PM

very cool….

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#9 posted 05-08-2010 07:55 PM

NIce joinery

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 05-09-2010 01:43 AM

good job, hi Praise indeed.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 08:07 AM

I also make my own tortillas. Anything that would make rolling them out quicker would be fantastic. Quite cool. Might just copy your idea, if you don’t mind.

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 11:55 PM

Feel free to copy it, I got the idea from a friend in AZ who’s grandmother had a old one that her husband made. I think they are readably available in Mexico.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#13 posted 03-27-2012 02:53 PM

Another nice project Joey!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#14 posted 01-24-2014 05:20 PM

Darnit! Here’s another on my never ending to-do list. Love the dovetail!

-- --bch

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#15 posted 06-29-2014 03:00 AM

I like the design of the final product… Handle has a kind of ‘cleaver’ look to it, so it even looks at home in a kitchen. I also like the dovetail. Bet this one lasts a LONG time!

-- J.L. Frusha

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