Maloof Inspired Shoe Bench

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Project by ScottMorrison posted 1570 days ago 3848 views 28 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again woodworking friends,

Here is a completed Maloof inspired shoe bench. Made from Rosewood. I saw one once when visitiing Sam’s home, and marveled at the simplicity and beauty, so I knew I had to build one. So I did!


-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#1 posted 1570 days ago

Wow that is very nice…are those handles in the sides…if so looks like they are carved?

I was checking out your website last night Scott…you do inspirational work. Looks like i will be placing an order soon!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#2 posted 1570 days ago

Just a beautiful piece the Rosewood should age like a fine wine…thanks for showing…BC

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#3 posted 1570 days ago

Gorgeous little bench. I was also wondering about the handles.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 1570 days ago

Thanks my friends.

The handles are solid rosewood and are actually part of the side of the bench, made to appear as though sculpted from the flat sides. It’s a cool little trick that Sam showed me and I will be demonstrating in the video. Unusual method of woodworking, but worth it as the final project inspires attention and many questions…as you have seen.

Thank you again…

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#5 posted 1570 days ago

I like the design on that. The rosewood is beautiful.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 1570 days ago

Very beautiful work Scott. The design, wood and finish are all exceptional. It definitely has “Maloof” written all over it.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#7 posted 1570 days ago

Wow!...This is something very different, in design and the carrying handle look like “in-plant”.
Excellent workmanship, Scott!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 1570 days ago

What a beautiful piece.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#9 posted 1569 days ago

Another great piece Scott. Way too small for Norway though. We usually need at least 3 pairs of shoes each ready to put on. Which pair we choose depends on the weather, what we are doing or where we are going.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 1568 days ago

Isn’t Sam’s hope amazing.You can’t help but walk away inspired.

-- Scott NM,

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scott shangraw

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#11 posted 1568 days ago

That’s suppose to read Sam’s house.I can not type

-- Scott NM,

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#12 posted 1568 days ago


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

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#13 posted 1534 days ago

Scott, that is a great looking project.very professional looking work ! I haven’t had the pleasure of working with rosewood,how do like it’s characteristics ? Also can’t tell from the pics what the dimensions are and if it’s design to sit on or just house shoes only? I like the look of the finish as well, very soft looking feel to it . Once again beautiful piece and keep them comming !

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

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#14 posted 1412 days ago

Really nice peice! very eleagant.

-- Tom,

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#15 posted 565 days ago

Has a nice Danish mid century feel.


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