A tortilla, flat-bread, Naan bread or any dough that needs to be thin and flat can be pressed quickly with this simple Tortilla Press. My design is not new and is readily available from other Instructables. Mine is "special" because it was an EPIC FAIL on the first time use! 

Step 1: Tools & Parts/ Materials

Jig or Saber Saw
Table Saw
Sandpaper- 80,150, 240 grit
Files, metal and wood
Lag Bolt ( I didn't have one the right length so I cut down a longer one based on the width of my hinge point of the handle.)
Wing nut
Drill with 1/2 inch bit
Tape Measure
Carpenter Square


2 Wood plank ( at least 9 inches wide and 12 inches long.)
2 Hinges 2 inch square (ensure each side of the hinge is at least as wide as the wood is thick.)
1 Wood Dowel approximately 1 inch diameter or greater by 12 inches long.
Wood Glue (Gorilla, Titebond, & Elmer's all make good ones, just make sure it is Wood Glue.)
Wood Oil (optional, there are various opinions on oiling wood for food prep surfaces but ensure that it is a food safe oil.)

Thanks for all the feedback and encouragement! <br> <br>To: <br> DIY Dave; I have looked at using those brackets, but I had to use them on the spice rack I built for the inside of our pantry door. <br> <br> rimar2000; I thought it was very interesting that the glue didn't fail, but I think the L-brackets DIY Dave suggested are the best bet. I had hoped to keep the natural look of the wood. Maybe I can carve out a cover for aesthetics. <br> <br> sunshiine; My beloved &quot;Suzy Sledgehammer&quot; knows my love language is food, especially the spicy kinds. I can't cook worth a darn so this project was partially selfish! <br>; )
Have you tried using small metal L brackets (maybe 2'') ? They would hold up well. You could even bolt them all the way through to the bottom, then you wouldn't have to worry about screws stripping out or loosening
Do not worry, it is very common to underestimate the strength to do a task, and consequently to sub-size the pieces that bear it. Recently I did a wood contraption that &quot;exploded&quot; at first try.
I will check back to see the updates! Thanks so much for sharing, maybe I can get my hubby to make me one! Have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine

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Bio: retired Army, Dad to a little boy, husband to a wife who's patient with my tinkering.
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