Challenge04 #1: Noah's Ark Book Case

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Blog entry by romansfivefive posted 03-27-2008 05:24 PM 4995 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Based on the fact that there is no way I have yet developed the skills to create the kind of furniture I see posted here daily, I wanted to go with something a little more whimsical in the hopes that my skills as an artist would compensate for limited experience as a craftsman.

I had this idea for an Noah’s Ark Book Shelf that is at is’t base just a plain rectangular book shelf with a few extras that (I think) make it much more fun. I tried my hand at sketchup and have come to the conclusion that I would rather stick pointy things in my eyes than spend anymore time trying to make it do the things I want it to do. In all likelyhood, the stubborn side of me will revisit it in the future and learn how to better use what I will admitt seems to be a valuable tool. I will just need better safety glasses. I am going to have to ask you to imagine the finished project because I couldn’t get to happen without risking personal injury.

In The photo below you can see the shell. I imagine it made out of softwood to keep it light and allow for the bulk needed on the side rails to accomodate the bow and stern finials It would be 12 inches deep, 3 feet long and 30 inches high. The shelves sit in slots, (what do you call those things?) in the sides. The roof would be finished with faux scalloped edge shingles.

What I couldn’t incorporate into the design was the shelf supports. The shelf supports would be directly under the top floor cabin and would feature animal sillouttes peeking out. The silloutes would be scroll sawed out of Baltic Birch and stained in a dark mahogany stain to highlight the contours of the animal shapes

I imagined 2 elephants on the bottom, two zebras in the middle, two lions on the top and two giraffes incorporated into the cabin sides.

Just a note of caution in picking out the sillouttes that have sharp or pointy edges (rhinos, moose, deer) exposed past the face of the book shelf is a visit to the emergency room waiting to happen. In my version the elephant would have tusks that didn’t protrude as far.

I have tried embedding the pics right into the blog, but they seem to be too large and my computer too slow to edit them in photo bucket. Looks like a huge piece of humble pie for me today… LOL
This is a crude drawing of what I imagine the finished project looking like. I look forward to your feedback.

God Bless

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-27-2008 06:03 PM

Hi Rob,

I, too, am struggling with Sketchup. I have started and stopped on it twice and just can’t seem to be able to get beyond the basics. Your idea for the bookcase looks interesting. I am looking forward to seeing your piece.

thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-27-2008 06:09 PM

Very interesting idea for your bookcase.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 09:10 PM

that is a very interesting idea. i like the animal dividers and the sliding dovetail joinery would look great. great job.

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#4 posted 03-27-2008 10:05 PM

will you build it? I think that it will look great in a kids room

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 01:31 AM

Good idea Rob. I think it will look really cute. I will be looking forward to seeing the finished project. Trying something new is how you become a better craftsman,

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 02:11 AM

What a creative idea – nice work. I do hope you attempt to build this bookcase.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 03-28-2008 09:58 AM

Great idea. Can’t wait to see it.

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 05:59 PM

this is wonderful.
I love the idea and your sketch puts it all together.

(I’m with you on the Sketchup)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 03-31-2008 03:28 PM

That is a great whimsical design! My son would love it.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 04-09-2008 09:57 PM

I think we all agree that we want to see the fniished project—absolutely perfect for a kid’s room! Will you be making the animal dividers to ride in keyhole slots so they move to use as bookends?

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 04-19-2008 05:49 AM

A great child’s design. They would love it. Nice jiob.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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