Swiss Pear Box

I went wood shopping the other day and found a nice board of Swiss Pear. I had never owed any before, but have always admired it from afar. It seems to be less available here in the States. One thing led to another and this box is the result. It was a really pleasurable wood to work with. I did have some trouble with blotching, kind of like cherry. It is a fairly dense wood.

The box is about 6” x 9” x 3.5” deep. I used the resaw method to obtain a four way corner grain match. I wanted a darker wood to frame in the pear, so I used walnut. The medallion on the top is floating in grooves cut into the walnut frame. After gluing the top together, I sent it through the tablesaw to create the bevel on the walnut frame. I then used the same angle to make the handle. It is finished in Danish oil and then buffed and waxed.

I tried to photograph it inside my little light tent. But wow, photography can be harder than woodworking.


I'm no rocket surgeon

Cool design, super looking too.

That looks really nice, well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Nice choice of wood colors. They blend wonderfully!
Nice box. Good job with the proportions.  Great handle that you can actually grab nicely.

I used the resaw method to obtain a four way corner grain match

Is this how you did it?

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Beautiful box!!

Cheers, Jim

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

a nice simple clean design. your pic's are perfect.i gotta get one of those photo tents. glad to see you here.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I think the pics look great! Maybe just a tad more soft light from the front, but that’s just a personal preference and is knit picking for posting on a woodworking site!  Nice project for sure…I’ve never worked with pear of any sort. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Beautifully done.  Have never worked with pear so interesting to read your experience with it.  

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