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Mortar and Pestle

I just got my first lathe... a used Jet 1014I and I was thinking a mortar and pestle would be a good simple project. I figure the thickness wouldn't be an issue so I could just worry about how to use my tools to get the cuts, initially, without having to worry about being too delicate with them.

So, my question is, I'm trying to come up with the right woods to use. Obviously I need some fairly heavy woods for a project like this, as it will be ground together often. I'd also like to use something that won't be toxic with use, so that eliminates a few things.

So, what woods would you use for a project like this, intended to be for use in the kitchen? Walnut is one of my favorite woods, but might not be heavy enough in this application. I have teak and padauk, which I believe would both be heavy enough, but I'm not sure about the toxicity concern... Any really good woods for this application?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Both teak and padauk are on this list toxic woods list . It seems they are only listed as irritants when working with them/dust on the skin & inhaled. But I would try to look more at neutral woods, like maybe hard maple ? It's used in the kitchen alot because of it's closed grain which doesn't foster as many bacterial hiding places and it is hard. But not nearly as attractive as the wood you have. Maybe someone else has a better idea.
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Daren, thanks for the link. I have it saved somewhere but couldn't find it. I do have a fair amount of hard maple as well, so that's always a possibility. I already have a maple and walnut cutting board in the kitchen so at least it would be consistent.
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