I’m all for saving a few bucks. And anything to get me out in the shop making something.
Often, my wife shows me a picture of something and that’s all it takes.
I’m on a mission to make it myself. Better. Cheaper.
We have the technology.
Insert image here of the radar screen, rocket crashing and putting that little ball-thingy in the ear of the six-million-dollar man.
Maybe Steve was able to fight bigfoot not only because of the bionic-action arm, but because he ate tofu?
Well, we’re eatin’ some tofu here. And apparently it’s all watery and stuff. So you have to press out the water.
And I can’t find a bigfoot to just stomp it out for me.
Making a Tofu Press
So the tofu we buy is a block about 4”x5” and maybe 2-something inches high.
The design needs to be large enough to hold a single block, put some continuous pressure as the tofu is pressed and able to be cleaned easily when you’re done.
I spent about $20 for the parts below. You can do it for under $15 if you get lucky at the dollar store with cutting boards. More on that later.
Here’s the parts list:
- 2 small, rigid, cutting boards from the dollar store ($1 each); or
1 large cutting board (Wal-mart: $8) you can cut down
- 2 Stainless steel carriage bolts, 1/4” x 5” long ($3)
- 2 Stainless steel 1/4” nuts ($1)
- 6 Stainless steel 1/4” washers – large (sometimes called a fender washer) ($2)
- 2 compression springs, about 2 1/2” long ($3)
- 2 compression springs, about 1 1/2” long, with a stiffer spring rate than above springs ($1 for both at surplus store, you might pay $3)
- 2 threaded knobs or some wingnuts for the 1/4” bolts ($1 ea. for knobs, or $1 for both wingnuts)
- 1/4” Drill bit
- 5/8” Paddle Bit (sometimes called a wood spade bit)
- 7/16” wrench or adjustable wrench
If you have to cut down a larger cutting board then you’ll also need:
- Band saw, jig saw or hand saw
- Router with 1/8” roundover bit; or sandpaper
The Cutting Board
Since I tried to do this a cheap as possible, I raided my nearest dollar store first. I thought I could pick up two small cutting boards that would work perfectly. They had small cutting boards, about 6” x 9”, but they were a little flimsy. I hucked it down to wally world and found a nice Mainstays (Wal Mart brand) cutting board that was really rigid, and I could easily cut two pieces out of its 10” x 15” size to make the top and bottom. I don’t remember the part number. Just buy one that will yield two 5.25”x9” pieces once cut down. If in doubt, fill the cart with options and walk over to the home section and use a measuring tape. Then leave all the options you don’t want on a shelf somewhere.
Oh, and you could get all crafty and matchy and maybe find a bamboo cutting board or some color of your choice. They’d work just the same.
Step-by-step DIY Tofu Press
So… DIY tofu press. I saved a few bucks. If I keep going like this I might be able to save up 6 million dollars and get my own bionics…or finally find bigfoot.
What have you made from a picture. Or for the kitchen. Or anything. Anything you made. Or if you’ve seen bigfoot. Comment and let us know.