Introduction: Oak and Walnut Tortilla Press

For a gift this holiday season I decided I wanted to make this oak and walnut tortilla press for my wife. She loves cooking and really wanted to pick one up, so I decided to hand make her one! It was a pretty easy build, spanning around a couple of days and I'm really happy how it turned out!

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I started off making the bottom section and the lid of the tortilla press. The press is 10" x 10" so I first cut the two oak slabs that make up the bottom

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and then I cut the oak and walnut strips that make up the lid.

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I glued up the bottom section

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and glued up a pattern like this for the lid.

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After those dried I cut down a 6" walnut piece for the beam across the top of the lid

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rounded out the top of it

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I then equally spaced where I was going to drive in three 3/8" dowel supports to help strengthen the joint

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I drilled out the holes on my drill press

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and glued in the three dowels.

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Next I cut out two 6" walnut strips and a 3" oak strip to start putting together the piece that holds up the handle.

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I rounded off the top of the pieces

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and cut out two 2" oak strips, round off their tops and glued them to the rest of the piece.

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I attached this to the bottom slab of oak the same way I attached the 6" walnut beam to the lid from earlier. I drilled out three equally spaced holes

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centered it in the middle of the tortilla press

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and glued it to the bottom section.

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After that dried, I cut, glued and hammered in three 1/2" dowels to help strengthen the joint.

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Closer look.

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Next I started on the handle, I cut out an 11" oak strip and another strip about half that size

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and clamp them together.

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After it dried up I placed it in my Jawhorse and molded it into shape.

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To attach the handle I cut off a piece of a 1/4" steel pipe I had around

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I drilled out 1/4" holes in the handle holder and the handle

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and assembled the handle section.

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I then drilled in halfway into the walnut slabs and put in 3/8" wooden dowel caps.

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Closer look.

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Next I began the attachment of the lid and bottom section of the tortilla press. I cut out and placed down two pieces of construction paper (roughly the thickness of a corn tortilla)

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Closer look.

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I put the 3" brass hinges in place and marked out the spots for the screws

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drilled out the holes

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and screwed the hinges into place

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With all the assembly done I took some wax paper and some play-doh and took it for a test drive!

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Then it was time to sand, sand, sand!

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For some finishing touches I cut out a leather strip for the area where the oak handle rubs against the walnut beam on the lid.

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Closer Look.

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Closer look.

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Then I added on some clear rubber feet to the bottom.

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Finally I used some Food safe butcher block oil and finish and viola the tortilla press is complete!

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Hope you like and thanks for checking it out!

Comments

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chabias (author)2017-01-10

Awesome job! This is absolutely beautiful.

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WoodPlusMore (author)chabias2017-01-18

Thank you very much, really appreciate it!

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Heather444 (author)2017-01-10

This is exactly like the last thing my dad made me for Christmas two or three years ago. He passed away in September from cancer. Thanks for sparking those memories. ?

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gclegg1121 (author)2017-01-03

This tortilla press is very beautiful and I think it is a wonderful gift to give as well. I am very grateful that you shared it with all of us. Thank you. I am going to subscribe to follow you for future gift ideas.

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WoodPlusMore (author)gclegg11212017-01-04

Thank you very much, I appreciate your kind words and it was my pleasure to share with everyone!

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MS441 (author)2017-01-03

Any chance on your recipe for tortillas?

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WoodPlusMore (author)MS4412017-01-04

That might have to be my next Instructables with a demo of the press in action :D!

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relbatto (author)2017-01-03

The press itself is a great design, it looks like its extremely strong for the task at hand, i put the nixtmal or prepared dough inside a one gallon zip lock bag and press it, then slide a hand under the tortilla slowly and the rest will fall into your hand from its'ceiling...makes the process a lot faster , then into a hot cast iron skillet to toast. discovering the trick made it possible to make the tortillas faster than they can be gobbled up. i use the same press to make pitas made with yeast bread dough. beautiful project , now give her a stil...they get suspicious if you give them their own lawnmower..

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WoodPlusMore (author)relbatto2017-01-04

That's a brilliant idea for fast production! Haha thank you very much, appreciate it!

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buck2217 (author)2017-01-02

Verynice and good detailed instructions voted

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WoodPlusMore (author)buck22172017-01-04

Thank you very much, appreciate it!

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hough.tom (author)2016-12-24

Excellent idea and well done. I'm bored with making cutting boards so this may be next.

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WoodPlusMore (author)hough.tom2017-01-04

Thank you! Yeah once I got that top glued up if I didn't have the drive to finish it, I would have had a decent cutting board haha.

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IrinaC1 (author)2016-12-22

Excellent job!! and a very thoughtful gift!!

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WoodPlusMore (author)IrinaC12017-01-04

Thank you very much, my wife is very happy with the gift which makes me happy!

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an4rchos (author)2016-12-22

I love tortillas, I Must Make This!

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WoodPlusMore (author)an4rchos2017-01-04

Tortillas are DELICIOUS!! Definitely go for it, my wife is loving it so far!

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carlos66ba (author)2016-12-21

This is a beautiful work of art!

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WoodPlusMore (author)carlos66ba2017-01-04

Thank you very much!!

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medanilevin (author)2016-12-21

Beautiful work!

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WoodPlusMore (author)medanilevin2017-01-04

Thanks a lot!

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NathanR58 (author)2016-12-21

Love the walnut and oak combination. Very aesthetically pleasing.

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WoodPlusMore (author)NathanR582017-01-04

Yeah the light/dark combo is really nice. Glad you like it!

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ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-12-21

Functional and beautiful.

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Thank you!

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