Swiss Pear Box

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Project by SPalm posted 04-28-2013 07:58 PM 2930 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 08:05 PM

Beautiful box Steve. The wood is very nice too. It has a rather special color to it. The walnut accent looks perfect with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 08:30 PM

Very nice Steve….those miters are perfect! Beautiful piece of wood, the bottom appears to be framed in Walnut….nice touch….like the handle detail as well.

Did you buy or build the light tent? That’s a pretty neat gadget….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 08:34 PM

This is really nice Steve. It has sharp and crisp lines and I like your design decision to add the bevels. Is pear a hard or soft wood?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 08:46 PM

COOL Box, Steve…

Cool portable Studio for taking pictures TOO… where do you get an umbrella / tent(?) like that?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 09:03 PM

Beautiful box, Steve. Elegant is what I’d call it!!!!!!!!!!!! I like that light tent,too…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 09:05 PM

Swiss Pear is a fairly hard and dense wood. Really nice color and grain. Krenov had used it one of his famous cabinets and I have been wanting some ever since I saw it.

The light tent was a kit given to me for my birthday years ago. An Amazon purchase. It is kind of nice that it folds up like a bandsaw blade into a nice little package. Google Lite Tent and you will get lots of hits.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 09:08 PM

first look said ‘puritan’

second said ‘elegant’

great design
and woods

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 09:28 PM

Great work all the way around.
The way you photograph your projects is very nice as well.

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 09:48 PM

Not being a woodie I simply rely on what I see, this is so clean & elegant & would comand top spot on any dresser for my money.
Lovely, lovely job Steve,

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Henri Monnier

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 10:07 PM

Very nice…. I like the Walnut trim, it really sets it off…..

-- |~ Henrii~|- - We'll be friends till we're old and senile... Then we'll be new friends!!

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#11 posted 04-28-2013 10:16 PM

Beautiful, Steve!

Not sure what you had in mind for the box’s purpose- and not trying to be morbid- but this would make a very elegant cremation urn.

BTW, very nice light tent.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 04-28-2013 10:28 PM

Very Nice Steve,
Great combination of woods.
Beautiful Design!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#13 posted 04-28-2013 10:41 PM

Wonderful work.
Love the grain match.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 04-28-2013 10:47 PM

Thanks for the tips Steve….I thought about building a light tent…..but some things are best purchased…....Amazon buy done…........

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 04-28-2013 10:50 PM

Beautiful box, Steve. Great design and combination of woods.

As for the photos, they look like they need a bit more fill light, but I have also found that some woods just photograph better than others. And no, I’m not kidding about that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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