Noah's Ark Toy Chest

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Project by Hoosierdaddy posted 03-03-2011 06:30 PM 5160 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first stab at doing intarsia….got my inspiration after seeing a project done by another individual on this website…...his name escapes me now. What a learning curve too, first time ever to work with a scroll saw (the Dewalt DW788) and a variety of blade types and wood types, too much fun!

Working on two more copies, going to call ‘em Toy Box 2.0. Going to add in the sun, probably top right corner of the lid (using yellow heart or amarillo) and clouds on the top left, then fashion up the oh so important but missing Noah to complete the box. Go to and search for plans. This took maybe 100-150 hours in dribs and drabs over the course of last summer. Presented to my niece and her hubby as a present for their 8 month old at thanksgiving.

Hope you like sanding! You’re going to do A LOT of it! So many different types of wood that must be fit together…... Probably used 80% of the tools i have to make this, but worth it. Plus, what I didn’ have it seemed like the good Lord made available for me at the right time at the right price!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 06:34 PM

I absolutely LOVE this….turned out so good, and I’m sure it’s something that will be saved and passed down thru the generations! And this was your first stab at intarsia you say? I hope my first try at it comes out even half this good! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 06:48 PM


Great project. Really impressive for first venture into the tecnique. Really like the expressions on some of the animal faces. This chest and the 2.0 editions should be treasured keepsakes for ages…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 07:02 PM

Absolutley Fantastic! A beautiful gift that I’m sure will be treasured for many years to come.

-- - Martin

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 07:22 PM

Nice work – great intarsia!

Interesting fairy tale – I just want to know what the carnivores ate for all those days…........


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#5 posted 03-03-2011 08:07 PM

Absolutely wonderful. I can’t begin to tell you how much I like this chest. First class idea and work. How big is the chest?

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 10:05 PM

Wow! Tremendous effort and what a cute (and amazing) gift for a wee one.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 01:44 AM

Beautifully done. You did an excellent job on this chest. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 02:46 AM

GREAT! Very well done. You have given me some ideas for my grandkids.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 08:28 AM

Yea, building things out of wood for young family members is always rewarding and will last you a lifetime as I am sure the gift will as well ! Great work !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 02:24 PM

Many thanks for the kind comments!

Terry, the box measures out to about 24”H x 36”W x 17”D. Glued up a bunch of 1×6 pine T&G planks for the carcase various 1x material for the trim. One individual built a similar box using white oak, VERY NICE looking, but a little too rich for my budget.

Sometimes the best part about woodworking is the gifting away!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 09:48 PM

I don’t know how I missed this the first time around. This is really nice. I plan to make a toy box for my nephews, but it won’t be as detailed as this. Very well done.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#12 posted 04-15-2015 06:20 AM

Hi all,

I am a novice but keen woodworker from the UK.

I wonder if any of you kind souls out there could help me out?

My little nephew Noah is getting christened soon and I would really like to make him something for a Christening present. I have seen a few people post pictures of Noahs ark toy box plans from the Cherry tree website and they look fantastic! I have contacted the website but had no response back.

Does anyone have the plans for this box that they could email to me please?

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#13 posted 05-15-2017 03:09 AM

Excellent job! I am in the process of making one of these and boy does it involve some work. Do you by chance have any pictures of the inside of the lid or the top edge of the box? Thanks.

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