Today’s Edition of Brian Makes Crap out of Slightly Lesser Crap: A tortilla press made out of 2 x 4 scrap!t
I adapted instructions from another person’s video so I won’t bother to rewrite them here. If you want to make one, just check out his video and follow along. All you really need to make one of these is some thick lumber and a table saw. However I used my planer (to square up the 2×4 prior to glue-up), a router with a roundover bit to smooth the corners, a sander with 80, 120, 220, and 300 grit paper, and a band saw to curve the handle. The additional power tools certainly aren’t necessary, but they make the finished product a little nicer.
I made mine out of 2×4 scrap that I planed down to 1 1/4″ thickness and edge-glued the pieces together into 12″ wide squares.
I made the handle out of oak for extra strength, but that was made from scrap. The only part of the project that cost me any money were the hinges, for a total cost of $3.57.
You can check out Steve Ramsey’s tortilla press video here. Thanks for the inspiration!