Introduction: How to Make Wooden DIY Taco Holders

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In this post I show you how to make wooden DIY taco holders. Using a taco holder makes it easier to prepare, present and serve tacos. You can use them yourself or give them as a nice present to someone else. Of course you can buy taco holder from the store but you can also make your own from wood which is much more fun to do. You only need a wooden panel, wood glue and some handiness.

For the handmade taco holders I used a beechwood panel. To keep it low costs I used a panel of 120 cm x 25 cm x 1,8 cm (47.3 in x 9.8 in x 0.7 in) and sawed it in different parts. Instead of beech you can also use other types of wood, like oak wood. I made two taco holders that can hold 4 tacos each. If you like you can make a different amount of holders by following the design or you can make smaller or bigger taco holders to hold for example 2, 3, 5 or 6 tacos.

Step 1: What You Need to Make Wooden Taco Holders

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To make the wooden DIY taco holder you need the following materials and tools:

  • 1 wooden panel, I used a beechwood panel of 120 cm x 25 cm x 1,8 cm (47.3 in x 9.8 in x 0.7 in).
  • Some wood glue, I used water proof wood glue to protect it for water when cleaning the taco holder.
  • Sawing-machine or hand-saw.
  • Glue clamps (optional).
  • Chopping board oil (e.g. bamboo oil) (optional).

Step 2: Saw Wooden Panel in Parts

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To saw all the parts of the taco holders from the wooden panel you can use the drawing above. Measure and duplicate the drawing onto the wooden panel. You can use a sawing-machine or a hand-saw. From the wooden panel you will get the following single parts:

  • 2 bottom plates [A].
  • 10 supporting bars [B].

Step 3: Construct the Wooden Taco Holders

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After sawing all the individual parts you are ready to assemble the wooden DIY taco holders. To do this you only need to glue the supporting bars [B] on the bottom plates [A], 5 supporting plates per bottom plate. An easy way to do this is by first glue the outside left and right bar on the bottom plate, then the bar in the middle, and then glue the 2 remaining bars in the middle of the left and right side. This way you get equal spaces for each taco in the holder.

To keep the bars steady and under pressure you can use glue clamps. If you do not have these you can put something heavy like a pile of books on top of the taco holder until the glue is hard.

You can make your wooden DIY taco holders shiny by applying chopping board oil (e.g. bamboo oil) this is optional.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Handmade Taco Holders

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After the final step the taco holders are ready for use. Try them with my Veggie frenzy stir-fry gluten free tacos these are super easy to make and so delicious.

If you make your own wooden DIY tortilla holders and have some questions or want to share your work let me know by leaving a comment.

Comments

mlowinske (author)2017-08-10

This is an awesome idea! I think I'm gonna do it! The only comment I have is I would suggest adding a thin board on the bottom that sticks out an inch or two to catch anything that spills out of the tacos like sauce, cheese, etc. Tacos can get messy!

mlowinske (author)mlowinske2017-08-10

Oh and one other suggestion that came to mind would be to use a router to cut channels in the bottom plate to which you glued the bars. The channels would be the width of the bars and would only have to be 1/8 of an inch or so deep. Gluing them into those channels would make them much more secure from being accidentally broken off. A couple of brad nails going up through the bottom and into the bars would be beneficial to its strength as well.

Great concept here though! I love tacos but would have never thought of such a useful thing!

Thank you for all the good suggestions that can help making the taco holders more solid. I am using the taco holders both for the taco recipes I make and for personal use, they work very well.

gm280 (author)2017-08-02

The idea is good but what do you do when the wood needs cleaned?

mlowinske (author)gm2802017-08-10

Give it a good rubbing with some solid beeswax. Do that with any other wooden kitchen instruments (cutting boards, spoons, etc.) too. Pretty much keeps things waterproof and keeps the bacteria out of the wood. Plus it's non toxic. Depending on how frequently you use things, it should be redone every couple of months.

thetortillachannel (author)gm2802017-08-02

You can clean them like wooden cutting boards and whipe them with some dish soap and water. I used water proof glue to protect it to the water and coated them with some board oil.

american graphitti (author)2017-08-04

my wife has been saying for years now we need to figure out a taco holder! This looks like the perfect fix!

Alex 2Q (author)2017-08-02

Nice idea!

Thank you

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