Build your own tortilla press
Brian Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
provides this drawing and directions:
- When fixing the hinges, put 1/8 inch spacers between the plates to
keep them in position while drilling the holes. You can clamp the plates
together while drilling. You can put small spacers at the handle end of the
lower, or base plate to keep the tortillas of even thickness. They just
need to be 1/2 inch square, right in the corners, and the same thickness as
the gap you settle on.
- You can make the gap wider, then have some 1/16 inch sheets of wood veneer,
or any hardish material, the same size as the plates, to adjust the spacing
and thus thickness for different types of pancakes or tortillas. (Chinese
pancakes should be only 1/16 inch; Indian chapattis a tad thicker)
- Use a heavy wood, (oak etc) it takes most of the work out of pressing
when you drop it down! But keep your fingers out!
- Put plastic film, or greaseproof paper,or silpat on the bottom plate, put
the doughball in the centre, then another film over the doughball before
pressing. They peel off easily once flat. If the dough is a bit sticky, you
can lightly oil the sheets first.
- I made an adaptation to my press later, to enable the handle to swivel
sideways as well as up and down.
Brian also provides this photo of a press made by Frank with this comment:
My handle is longer, but his version looks excellent (and prettier!).