Noah's Ark #1: The Plans and my first cuts.

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Blog entry by CalumetWoodworks posted 08-16-2012 08:56 AM 1894 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My name is Keith. I am very new to scroll sawing. I received a scroll saw for Father’s Day, so that makes me about 2.5 months old in scroller years. :)

I started off in my scrolling hobby by cutting some basic puzzles from this book. A few of the ABC snake puzzles later and I was itching for something a little more challenging.

I stumbled upon Toy Maker Press and was immediately drawn to their Noah’s Ark sets. I’ve wanted to build one for my little nieces for quite some time. I wanted to make something that would be an heirloom. And, I wanted to work with different woods. So I chose the Noah's Animal Cracker Ark

After receiving the book of plans in the mail, I immediately planned out what types of wood I was going to use for which animals.

I placed my order with Ocooch Hardwoods (they are in my home state of WI.) and within a week I had my wood!

After running off copies of the plans and gluing them to the different woods, I got to cutting!

Below is a picture of my first cuts. I chose blue pine for the elephants and rhinos. Black walnut for the bear and deer. Red cedar for the pig. Basswood for the cows and dogs. And aspen for the alligators.

In this picture, are one of the camels (yellowheart) male and female lions (again yellowheart), another pig and two fox (red cedar), two doves and a swan (aspen).

This picture shows the remaining animals. Wenge for the zebras and the ostritches. Padauk for the giraffe and tigers. Basswood for the swan, yellowheart for the camel, and aspen for the rams.

Then I got to cut out Noah and his wife. Basswood for their bodies and beechnut for their arms.

Then it was on to the Ark! Most of the Ark is made of beechnut, with two stripes of pine. Upon trying to fit the deck on the Ark I ended up snapping the rooster head off! (that’s what I get for having the grain run “across” the pattern instead of with it).

I glued it back on and sanded it down a little. Here is a picture of the Ark and the first of the support dowels. There are another two decks that will go on this.

So far I am really enjoying this project! I have learned a lot about the different types of woods and that some are like cutting concrete!

Now I just need to figure out how to finish this. I have been leaning towards a linseed oil finish and polyurethane coat. What say you LJ’s?

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