Maloof Inspired Shoe Bench

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Project by ScottMorrison posted 04-04-2010 01:05 AM 4454 views 29 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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#1 posted 04-04-2010 01:19 AM

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 04-04-2010 01:29 AM

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

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 02:19 AM

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

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 02:26 AM

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 04-04-2010 02:30 AM

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

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 02:32 AM

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 04-04-2010 03:59 AM

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 04-04-2010 05:51 AM

What a beautiful piece.

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

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 03:30 PM

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 04-05-2010 04:11 PM

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

-- Scott NM,

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#11 posted 04-06-2010 05:21 AM

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

-- Scott NM,

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#12 posted 04-06-2010 02:40 PM


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

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#13 posted 05-09-2010 05:01 PM

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 wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#14 posted 09-08-2010 09:02 PM

Really nice peice! very eleagant.

-- Tom,

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#15 posted 01-02-2013 07:02 PM

Has a nice Danish mid century feel.


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