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Build a Maple Taco Holder

This easy-to-make taco holder features the same materials as a cutting board: hardwood, food-safe glue and a natural oil finish. Make one for yourself today!

taco holder
Just a few materials and a couple of tools is all it takes to make this quirky serving tray. Whether you’re hosting a big fiesta or simply dishing up a weeknight dinner for your family, a taco holder is sure to spark conversation and compliments. Keep reading to learn how to build it.

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Materials & Tools

  • 1 x 7-1/4 in. maple board (approximately 2 ft.)
  • Water-resistant, food-safe wood glue
  • Saw
  • Clamps
  • Sandpaper
  • Cutting board oil

Cut the Parts

taco holder measuring bottom

taco holder cutting parts

taco holder sand rough edges

I used a 1 x 7-1/4-in. maple board for this project, so 6-in. tortillas will fit nicely in each slot. Cut the bottom piece to 11-3/4 in. Then cut five 1-3/4-in. wall pieces.

Assemble and Finish

taco holder mark wall placement

Lay out the bottom and wall pieces. Align the two end wall pieces to be flush with the edges of the bottom piece, and then space each additional wall piece 2 in. apart. Lightly mark the location of each wall piece.

taco holder glue walls in place

taco holder clamping glued parts

Glue each wall piece to the bottom and clamp them in place. Allow the glue to dry completely before removing the clamps.

taco holder sand all parts

taco holder applying cutting board oil

taco holder adding more oil

Sand all edges and wipe off the dust. Then apply a generous coat of cutting board oil to the entire piece. Let the oil soak in for at least 20 minutes before removing the excess with a clean cloth.

taco holder finished

That’s it! Fill the slots with tacos and you’re ready for a fiesta!

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