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Removable Mortar and Pestle help needed Answered

I would like to make an Alchemy Table (before I lose your attention please lemme explain) that has a removable Mortar and Pestle in the center. 

I am planning either to have a removable M&P or have one just built in (carved). I would prefer the first option. I have thought of just creating a hole with a slight bevel to keep it secure but I need help on how to know how big to make the hole. 

If I can't get that done and need to make it built in then I would like to know how to make it structurally stable so it doesn't collapse under heavy grinding.

(side note on the alchemy part: I am only an Alchemical Apprentice so I'm not ready to transmute anything yet. I'm only interested in it for medicinal purposes. This is going to be a summer project so I have some time to make sure I understand the principles or the practice.)

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mpilchfamilyBest Answer (author)2012-04-30

Mortars come in all shapes and sizes. What size you choose should be based on the kind of ingredients you'll need to grind.

Why not buy a mortar and pestle set?

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canucksgirl (author)mpilchfamily2012-04-30

+1

It's your project. You should be the one to decide "how big" to make it, right?

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Iridium7 (author)canucksgirl2012-04-30

Lemm rephrase, my problem isn't how big the hole should be, it's how I can accurately measure out the hole for the M&P. I'll work on some graphics to explain. Maybe those will clear it up.

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mpilchfamily (author)Iridium72012-04-30

How big is the mortar? How far inset into the table to you want it?

Take an approximate measurement of the outside of the Mortar you want to use. Take a piece of cardboard and cut that size of a hole. Test fit your mortar and cut more till you have it where you want. Now you have a template to go off of for an accurate cut into your table.

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Iridium7 (author)mpilchfamily2012-04-30

Thank you! I would never have thought of that.

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