Noah's Ark

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One of the original justifications that I used to build my shop, was to make toys for my kids. My wife rolled her eyes, being all to familiar with my little “justifications,” for often frivolous endeavors. However, when going through some internet plans for toys, I came across this Noah’s Ark Plan.

It’s built from 4/4 red oak dimensioned to 3/4. It is a stacking construction of overlapping layers and has 32 scroll sawed animal figures that fit inside. I’ll update with a more current picture showing the animals.

This project was alot more difficult than I thought it was going to be. Each layer had to perfectly mate with the centre spline as well as it’s mirror image. This seemed easy enough in practice, but in application, it presented some real challenges as it needed perfectly square cuts made with the bandsaw. In retrospect, I could have made a sled for the tablesaw, but I didn’t think of that until later.

Also, I might think about making one of these out of a softer, lighter wood. As it is, this thing fully loaded with animals 2×2 weighs in about 12Kg.

Thanks for looking!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 05-15-2007 01:25 AM

12 kg.. yah, that’s a heavy toy! But I bet it gets lots of loving attention.
That will be passed along through generations. Very lovely

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 05-15-2007 03:10 AM

That really turned out great! I bet the kids love it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 05-15-2007 05:13 AM

My son lost a bunch of animals from a neighbors Noah’s Ark. I’d like to make a new one for her. Do you have the web address for the plan that you got. The Ark looks quite similiar to one that she had.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 05-15-2007 05:32 AM

This is one cool project. Great workmanship!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 05-15-2007 03:55 PM

Hey Karson,

That one is from a plan from

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-15-2007 04:19 PM

Great project! I hope you used marine-grade glue for when the flood comes. :-)

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

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#7 posted 05-15-2007 04:20 PM

Thanks for providing the link to the plan. Our nursery has a Noah’s Ark / Garden of Eden theme. I’ve been wanting to make an Ark for a shelf centerpiece and not so much a toy. This Ark is bulky enough to work for either.

You’re right in that it is deceivingly difficult. At first glance, I thought, “piece of cake”. Then when I thought about the actual cuts and assembly, it does have to be perfect.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#8 posted 05-19-2007 04:03 PM

I thought I was being clever by ganging up the cuts. I took two pieces and fired a couple of brads, then cut out both left and right halves of each layer at once. With the crappy little bandsaw I had at the time, instead of the concept of “Making both exactly the same,” I found a new concept of, “making the same error on both pieces.” It was a challenge but fun all the same.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 05-19-2007 04:26 PM

hahaha had to laugh out loud on that one – same error on both .
kinda like “oh darn.. don’t do that on the next piece” and then you set things up carefully and do the same mistake again anyway..”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 06-13-2007 04:55 AM

And it only took you 900 years to make, right?

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#11 posted 06-13-2007 05:52 AM

900 years goes by quick with all that work to keep busy with. Really nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 06-18-2007 03:23 AM

Super project, looks like it took a lot of time and patience. Nice detailed work!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 09-13-2007 03:58 AM

Just saw this on the shuffle feature. Very nice ark. our sons’ room also has a noah’s ark theme and this would fit great on the shelf. thanks again for the link to the plans, and thanks for posting it.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#14 posted 11-13-2007 04:27 AM

very nice. this would make a really cool christmas present

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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