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Tortilla press

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Tortilla pressI like cooking, and I like making my cooking tools. The kitchen is a workshop, and I'm a happy guy.I've been eating keto lately. I'm not serious about it like keeping track of the numbers, just going low carb and trying stuff other than meat. I like bread, all kinds, and flatbreads are awesome.I've also watched more than my share of youtube lately. After watching people making keto foods and roti presses, I jumped in. I drew this up and started cutting and gluing . I didn't know if it was going to work until I made some tortillas. Like I said, I'm a happy guy.This is the 1st recipe I've tried out on this press. It's quick and easy, and they taste good. https://www.gnom-gnom.com/grain-free-keto-tortillas/They are smallish tortillas. I think the press should max out about 7”I decided to make 2, 1 for me and 1 for a Christmas gift.Sapele and aspen. 8 and 1/2” x 8 and 1/2” x 7 ” tall. Each of the main plates is 1” thick. I started with 3/4” thick stock, ripped it into 1” wide strips, and rotated them 90 degrees, as in making a cutting board. Kinda like quartersawn, it should stay stable.Mohawk Dead Flat Lacquer. Once the finish cures I might put on some beeswax.



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Octabox

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OctaboxOctaboxes
Creative credit goes to Jock Holmen who published the plans online in Popular Woodworking earlier this year. I used aspen, red oak, maple, and a yellow hardwood rescued from the firewood logs (anyone knows that nicely featured species I'd be grateful). One picture also shows an unfinished red pine and a finished pine with a mosaic top. They were my test batch, but they turned out so well I finished them.The project required a high degree of accuracy. I took the advice and made a jig I could fine tune to replicate the 45 degree cuts for the top and the 22.5 degree cuts for the sides. I'm a big fan of jigs. I admit I got sloppy and didn't clamp the end piece, and it kicked back so hard I got a bruise on the top of my middle finger… oh so lucky. The clamps slow down the process enough to keep you thinking and not complacent. The cut angles make kickbacks far more likely.



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I had to do it too.

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I had to do it too.Sorry Ed, but I had to do it too. Too much time on my hands.



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