|Project by Chris||posted 10-29-2014 12:50 PM||915 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
This is my Noah’s Ark set. To date, I’ve have built a 14 sets. I’m kind of burned out on it, but I’ve 2 request for Christmas. I hope to get them done in time. My first one was many moons ago, in Jr High School shop class. A few years ago I was trying to come up something for a friend’s child’s birthday. So, I asked Mom if she had any pictures of the original. She had one and it wasn’t very good. So, I had to work mostly from memory. I ended up changing a few details to simplify and speed up the build and I refined it some.
I have hand drawn most of the animals, but some came from free online clip art. I’ve since cut out hard wooden patterns for each animal. One Christmas season I made the HUGE mistake of committing to build 4 sets at once. I should have done the math before committing. Each Ark has 24 pairs of animals. Times 4 Arks. That’s 192 animals that had to be cut, sanded, primed and painted. Not to mention that each boat was painted differently. I like each one to be slightly different. I don’t keep any patterns on the boat it’s self. I usually cut the length/width/depth to fit whatever lumber I have available. So, sometimes the sizes are the difference. I completed the commitment, but it was down to the wire. So much so that when we drove to North Carolina to join the in-laws for Christmas, all we could smell inside the SUV was the child safe clear coat the animals and boat were covered in.
The roof comes off the deck house and the house and deck lift off the hull to store the animals in. Sometimes I add a little cart with a rope, so the whole thing can be pulled around by the child.
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