Dinner on the Lake of Fire


So called because I think it looks like a minimalist table perched on molten lava. It’s an old project but I thought it might be worth an airing

This is an EZ Mitre, Shell box (I’ll blog these constructio methods in due course)

Size : (top) 113mm square x 52mm high (pedestal base) 133mm square x 5mm high

Materials : Padauk, Ebony, Holly and Birch Ply

Glues : PVA, Spray Contact and CA

Finish : Spray Acrylic (satin finish)

At 3.5mm thick the top was too fragile so a 1.5mm Birch Ply liner was used (pic’ 4). Otherwise its solid wood construction. With a foam inner base liner and baise on the very bottom. I’ve experimented a little with glues and finishes this time. The latter because of the Padauk bleed problem with light woods.



You never cease to amaze me….


One of my (many) favourites Martin.
It’s always an eye opener in the morning to check the forums and see a new one of your creations.
Thanks for posting

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

A beautiful and creative piece .


That is one fine box. I will have to try the mitre box system.

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Great to see you here. Of all your many wonderful boxes, this one is a favorite. Something about the colors selection, grain direction, and general warm feel of it. Love it.

Also, there’s a nice group of folks over here. :-)

Well worth re-visiting Martyn and still one of my favorites of yours as well…
Did you have to polish it up for the Photos?
I’ve found them to be dust magnets over time…

Mike, in Concord, NH - A candle loses none of its flame by lighting another candle...


CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

This is one of my very favorites of yours also. I really love the grain flow on the corners.


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin


I am still in love with this box since you posted it some times ago. It’s high on my “to build” list with the Inverted World and Sands of Mars.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Glad to see that you are a part of this site! This box of yours is one of my favourites.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Wow! Your boxes. . . . Wow! Never seen anything like them. Wow! I’m gonna HAVE to try this technique.

Keith "Shin" Schindler

As always amazing and beautiful.

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