Kathy’s Tortilla Press

My daughter-in-law Kathy asked me if I could build her a tortilla press due to the aluminum one she had broken the handle off. I wasn’t sure how to build one so I did a picture search online to get some ideas and this is what I came up with. I wanted to build her something special so why not make one out of Myrtlewood. I’m sure there are not too many of them around if any.
The press blocks are 2” thick and 10” wide. I decided not to glue it together due to if something ever did break it could be taken apart to repair. I used screws to attach all the parts and recessed some of them then plugged the screw hole with walnut plugs. Guess there is some glue because the plugs are glued in and would have to be drilled out to get to the screws.
On the handle I put two screws from top to bottom one in front and behind the ½” pivot hole to reinforce the wood while applying the pressure down with the handle. I also screw a piece of aluminum under the handle to keep it from wearing a grove in it. The bottom piece of wood can be easily replaced when worn. I used door hinges on it for extra strength. For the finish I user butcher block oil and gave it three coats.

Wow that was quick! Kathy knew I was coming to deliver it and was waiting for me with a batch of dough. The press worked good and the tortillas were even better.

Kathy is one Great cook!

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Made from all Myrtlewood

Made from all Myrtlewood













I think Kathy liked it.

I think Kathy liked it.

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Myrtlewood Table Top Music/Book Stands

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I belong to a Uke group and we get together every week to play our Ukuleles. I saw a lot of the folks use a table top music stand while setting at the tables to play. I decided to build … Continue reading

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Ukulele/Guitar Stands

I designed a wooden stand for my Uke. I made it out of Black Walnut and glued black leather on the edge to protect the Uke. After some of my Uke friends saw it they wanted me to build them one too. I also have a friend who sells Ukuleles and wanted to use my stands for displaying his Ukes and selling them.

I have now made many Uke stands and out of a lot of different kinds of hardwoods. I have also made a couple custom guitar stands for a couple friends. Here are several photos of my stands and some of the process of making them.


My original cardboard pattern


My first Uke stand.



On the right is a Bass guitar stand I made for a friend out of Myrtlewood.



This is an acoustic guitar stand I made for another friend also made of Myrtlewood.



Cutting leather strips to glue on the edges to protect the instrument.



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Barn wood Cabinet with Glass Doors

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I just finished building this cabinet out of 100 year old barn wood. I ran most of the boards through my planer to get them to a dimensional thickness and a smooth finish for the inside. I used ¾” plywood … Continue reading

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Myrtlewood Kitchen Knife Block

I just finished making this Kitchen Knife Block out of Myrtlewood for my wife Karen. It’s surprising how much wood goes into an item like this. I used a 3/4″x 11″x 6 1/2′ long board. It’s finished with three coats of polyurethane and then I wiped it down while still tacky which filled all the grain and left a dull finish.IMG_4167






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Myrtlewood two drawers cabinet with tile inlay top.

After building my Myrtlewood dining table my wife and I decided we needed a cabinet to hold the placemats and table clothes we used on it. Since it will be in the dining room with the table I thought I would build it out of Myrtlewood and try to give it some of the same lines. I decided to build the drawers first because I knew what size we needed and due to the tile size I would have to make some adjustments in how I built the cabinet and trim it out.
For the finish I used a hand rubbed oil finish which consists of about six different types of oils which a friend has made for him. You flood it on and let set just before it starts to get tacky then wipe dry and I did seven coats which leaves a glass soothe finish. I am quite pleased the way it turned out.

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These are some of the projects I’ve been making out of used horse shoes. I came up with a different way to weld them together which gives them a full front view of the shoe. There is a lot of work using used shoes due to pulling the nails and cleaning all the goodies out of the grooves and buffing. Then I bend them different depending on what I’m making before welding but the finished project looks better than using new ones.

For the towel bars I use ½” steel rebar for the rods. They have been polished smooth to remove the slag and sharp edges. The first towel bars I made I sprayed a clear coat over them. My wife Karen wanted something different in our bathroom so I found a transparent spray paint which gave them color but didn’t take away from the natural look.

On the rifle racks I glued tanned elk hide to the inside to protect the rifle.  With having only one mounting hole per hanger it allows you to swivel the hanger to fit the angle of the stock and barrel.

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