Introduction: How to Make a DIY Tortilla Press

In this instruction I show you how you can make a wooden Tortilla Press. Of course you can buy a tortilla press 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, two hinges, glue, screws and some handiness.

For the handmade tortilla press we used a beechwood panel. To keep it low costs we used a panel of 120 cm x 30 cm x 1,8 cm (47.3 in x 11.8 in x 0.7 in) and sawed it in different parts. To make a heavy and solid press we made every component from two layers of wood and glued these together.

You can also use a thicker panel of e.g. 3 cm (1.2 in), 3,6 cm (1.4 in) or 4 cm (1.6 in) instead and opt for a single layer tortilla press which will work just as well. Instead of beech you can also use other types of wood, like oak wood.

Step 1: What You Need to Make the Tortilla Press

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To make the wooden DIY tortilla press you need the following materials and tools:

  • 1 wooden panel, we used a beechwood panel of 120 cm x 30 cm x 1,8 cm (47.3 in x 11.8 in x 0.7 in)
  • 2 hinges, we used hinges of size 40 mm x 32 mm (1.6 in x 1.26 in)
  • Some wood glue
  • 8 small screws to attach the hinges
  • 2 larger screws to fix the support bars to the bottom board of the press (see instruction drawing below)
  • 1 large bolt with matching nut, we used a 8 mm (0.31 in) thick bolt of 120 mm (4.7 in)
  • Sawing-machine or hand-saw
  • Drilling machine to make a hole for the bolt
  • (Electrical) Screw-driver
  • Sandpaper, a sanding machine or a file (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 tortilla press from the wooden panel use the drawing below. Measure and duplicate the drawing onto the wooden panel. In the video we use a sawing-machine but you can also use a hand-saw.

From the wooden panel you will get the following single parts:

  • Bottom boards [A]
  • Top Boards [B]
  • Support bars [C + D]
  • Presser bar [E]
  • Handle [F]

Step 3: Construct the Wooden Tortilla Press

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After sawing all the single parts start to assemble the wooden DIY tortilla press by performing the following steps:

  1. Glue together the bottom boards [A]
  2. Glue together the top boards [B]
  3. Glue together the two support bars [C + D] that are used to hold the handle
  4. Glue together the handle [F]
  5. Glue the presser bar on top of the top board [E]
  6. Wait until the glue is hardened
  7. If the parts do not fit perfectly you can use sandpaper, a sanding machine or a file to make all sides equal (optional)
  8. Connect the bottom board [A] and top board [B] with the 2 hinges on the front side of the boards.
  9. Drill holes in the support bars [C + D] and the handle [F]
  10. Add the two support bars [C + D] and the handle [F] together by using the bolt and nut
  11. Glue the presser bar [E] on top of the top board [B]
  12. Connect the two support bars [C + D] to the back side of the bottom board [A] using glue and two screws
  13. Make your wooden DIY tortilla press shiny by applying chopping board oil (e.g. bamboo oil) on it (optional)

Step 4: Enjoy Your Handmade Tortilla Press

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After you have finished the tortilla press it is ready for use. For example to make some delicious corn tortillas, make some crispy tortilla chips or crispy crunchy corn tacos.

I hope you enjoy it! If you make your own wooden DIY tortilla press and have some questions or want to share your work let me know by leaving a comment below.

Step 5: Watch the One Minute Video

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