Noah's Ark for Christmas

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Project by davidtheboxmaker posted 2406 days ago 1905 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the present I made for my great neice and nephew.
I bought the animals throughout the year as I was passing the toy shop.
When December arrived I decided it was time to make the Ark for them to travel in.
Hopefully Sophie and Thomas will play with them for quite a while.
I tried to buy plans on the internet and ran into all sorts of problems. So I distilled the various designs into my version and just made it.
I used maple timber and the scrollsaw was the most important tool in construction.
Each layer is 3/4” wide so the 1/2” is glued to the one below leaving a 1/4” overlap for the clinker built effect.
Because the giraffe is very tall, the deck has a hole in it for its head to come through.

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#1 posted 2406 days ago

it’s wonderful.
The two sections really make it a great toy for story-telling/play. Awesome

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 2406 days ago

I have a nephew names Noah. He’s too old now, but that would have been a good project for me about eight years ago. It looks great.

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#3 posted 2406 days ago

Very nice, I think your safe…that ark is going to get lots of play time :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#4 posted 2406 days ago

I really like your ark. I am sure your niece and nephew will treasure it

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#5 posted 2406 days ago

I really like your ark too, a wonderful toy to play with and enjoy.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#6 posted 2406 days ago

Great toy! The real Noah would be proud. :-)

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

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#7 posted 2406 days ago

Great job, There’s a toy for the ages, do all the animals fit inside?

-- Marty Ohio

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 2406 days ago

The first moon roof, built for the giraffes. Great toy!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 2406 days ago

Very nice and a special gift that I bet will find many play days with more than the ones iyou made it fore.

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

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#10 posted 2406 days ago

Beautiful toy. I made one of these as well. Yours is very nice!

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

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#11 posted 2406 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments.
All the animals fit inside – if you push and shove a bit.

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#12 posted 2406 days ago

Great looking ark. My son borrowed a neighbors and now I have to remake all of the animals. We have the Ark, just nothing to put in it.

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

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#13 posted 2405 days ago

Great looking ark and what a wonderful gift for your niece and nephew.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Jiri Parkman

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#14 posted 2405 days ago

Very nice present – 30 presents.

-- Jiri

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#15 posted 2346 days ago

What a great project and learning toy/tool. Any reason you chose maple over gopher wood? :-)

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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