1Now Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; its length was two and a half cubits, and its width one and a half cubits, and its height one and a half cubits;
2and he overlaid it with pure gold inside and out, and made a gold molding for it all around.
3He cast four rings of gold for it on its four feet; even two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.
4He made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.
5He put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry it.
6He made a mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide.
7He made two cherubim of gold; he made them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat;
8one cherub at the one end and one cherub at the other end; he made the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at the two ends.
9The cherubim had their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces toward each other; the faces of the cherubim were toward the mercy seat.
The rest of Exodus describes the crafting of the various articles associated with the Tabernacle. In chapter 37, there is a description of Bezelel's work on Ark of the Covenant, the Table of Showbread, the Lampstand and the Altar of Incense. I can just imagine Bezalel in his work area with all his helpers along with the treasure of gold, wood and fine articles donated for the work all available for this amazing project. It was precise, but demanding work without the benefit of modern tools. I would imagine it was unimaginably hot in that desert location with the added heat of the fires for melting and working the metals. This job wasn't just any job, this was God's invitation to man to dwell safely with Him and the entire community was watching and waiting for this new thing to take shape.
I can't help but be reminded of another momentous occasion as I read Exodus 37. This one occurred in the New Testament in the gospel of John. This one also involved a Tabernacle on earth as an invitation for God to dwell with man. This Tabernacle was alive and brought the fulfillment of what God started in the first Tabernacle.