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DIY wooden tortilla press

July 13th, 2012

Half of woodworking with power tools always seems to be making jigs that help you make that actual pieces you want to make. Turns out the cooking can be that way too. So here is how today went:

4:05pm – Realize I dont have a dinner plan

4:10pm – Decide fish tacos sound good, but all we have are wheat tortillas. (ewwww)

4:12pm – Decide I need to try to make corn tortillas again (they didn’t turn out that great last time, crumbly and not thin enough).

4:13pm – Remember that I ment to go buy a tortilla press as some point, but never got around to it. Decide I could just make one (it can’t  be that hard).

4:15pm – Start hunting for hinges

4:20pm – Still can’t find hinges…..

4:25pm – More boxes… (I really need to finish unpacking at some point)

4:30pm – Give up looking… no time to go to store… must make hinges… I’m nothing if not persistent (some might call it stubborn)

4:35 – Back in shop, realize I have no time for glue ups. Grab the thickest pice of wood I can find, hunk of 12/4 ash.

4:40 – Finish jointing and squaring my hunk of ash, remember why I love my bastard bedrock #606 1/2 (actually a #608 someone shortened at some point. Pictured with a #605 for reference)

4:45 – Re-fall in love with my band saw

4:55 – Wish I had a 7″ long drill bit, and a drill press with 7″ of travel

5:10 – Finish tortilla press, realize any woodworker in any 3rd world country would disown me!

5:20 – Start making tortillas, works beautifully! I would contend it’s next to impossible to beat fresh made corn tortillas!!!!!


Tortilla Recipe:
1 3/4 cup – masa harina (any mexican grocery will have it, or you may or may not be able to get this at Walmart, depending on the demographics of your area)
1 1/4′ish – cup of warm water
1-2 tsp – salt

Combine ingredients adding just enough of the water to make it all stick together nicely without being gummy.

Cover dough and let rest for 30 min.

Roll a ball of the dough into a 1″ – 1 1/2″ ball (depending on the size of Tortilla you want)

Flatten and cook on an un-greased skillet or pan (I prefer cast iron over non stick for this) over medium high heat. Flip when it just starts to brown.


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  1. July 13th, 2012 at 06:00 | #1

    Now that, Nik, is an inspired build if I’ve ever seen one! Nice work! But where are the pictures of the FINAL product?


    • Nik Brown
      July 13th, 2012 at 12:54 | #2

      Alas, I was to busy eating to take pictures at that stage 🙁 oops maybe more tonight though. I’ll try and shoot a pic then.

  2. July 13th, 2012 at 14:04 | #3

    We also need a link to your recipe ( or just type it out, whatever). You may have to start a new blog: Cookin’ with Wood. you might draw some interesting traffic…

    • Nik Brown
      July 13th, 2012 at 15:20 | #4

      Added (good idea). See above.

  3. July 18th, 2012 at 17:23 | #5

    @Jon “Dozer” Mendoza

    I’ve recently started following The Design Chef which uses food as an inspiration for interior design. Very well written and often an inspiration for something in the kitchen if nothing else.


  4. Rachel
    September 27th, 2012 at 16:06 | #6

    Nik –

    You make me feel so lazy! If I’m hungry and what I want to eat isn’t easily accessible, I resort to cold cereal. Your press looks great. I can’t believe you made it so fast, that is really awesome.

    I’ve never made tortillas, but your recipe seems easy enough. I’m going to have to try it.


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