Tortilla Press for Christmas, Advice wanted

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Project by svenbecca posted 09-19-2011 05:01 AM 5476 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently still working on this, but want some advice on hinges. What do you think would look good on this project. It is 10” X 11”. Red Oak and Purple Heart. I want something to compliment the project and not look like they were just thrown on. This is for a Christmas present for my best friend’s wife. I want it to look great, not just good enough.

Please excuse the finish, I am not quite finished yet. Also, I live in Meridian, MS. It is a podunk town with no place to buy much. If you have an idea for hinges, please post a link for them as well. Thank you all very much. I will repost pictures as soon as I am done.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 05:10 AM

I don’t have any good advice, I think it looks great. I think I will try making one for my home. By the way, I used to live in Booneville, Mississippi. By comparison Meridian was the big city.

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 05:18 AM

spent some time in nearby Corinth -

With little resource nearby I might suggest for hardware needs

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 05:19 AM

Well, when I married my wife, she claimed she would divorce me if I bought her a tortilla press; but, 6 months in China and she asked me to build one. Well, I was amazed at the amount of force required and the wooden one did not work. I think the key point is where the force is applied, over center of the hinge. My 2 peso’s worth. In the end, I had a trip back to the real world and bought a real tortilla press and am still hapily maried.

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 06:06 AM

What about making a wooden hinge on the back lip to compliment the one you made for the handle? Or would the hinge go on the front? You have done a beautiful job so far!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 01:28 PM

If it needs a hinge at the front, as I understand from the pictures, I would be inclined to use a heavy brass piano hinge. Open up the holes and the countersinks for longer, larger screws.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 05:06 PM

I would go with SOSS hinges, they look great exposed on edges. I used them on a larger project and they worked amazingly well, I had searched LJ ahead of time and found a few others that used them as well. There are some tips for jigs and installation here on LJ as well.

Good luck!

-- Jay,

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 08:09 PM

you’ve got nothing to worry about, that looks great!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 09:45 PM

I think the press looks great. From looking at different press design’s, you need to use two hinges on the front face and two brass hinges would look good with the red oak. You can buy brass hinges anywhere on the internet.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 09-21-2011 04:19 PM

might try a continuous lip on the front to catch the pressing board

-- Dave,Portland OR

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#10 posted 09-23-2011 07:50 PM

Before attaching the hinges, do some tests to see how much space you want to leave between the top and the bottom. The woodworking for mere mortals guy did his but left too big of a gap and they come out like pita bread. I believe he used brass hinges.

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#11 posted 11-16-2011 04:41 AM

I would too use a piano hinge. Nice tortilla press. Good luck.

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