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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