The Maloof Library Series #10: Maloof Inspired Sculpted Table project - Pixar meets woodworking

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Blog entry by ScottMorrison posted 12-19-2011 03:00 AM 8145 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a small sample of my new woodworking project video, “Building a Maloof Inspired Sculpted Table.” Templates and video available for pre-order at

It is a totally new, and never before seen, type of video project (and pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself). Think Pixar meets woodworking. Completely 3D and presented with amazing details and animation that leave no room for error in your project. Everyone who has built one of my chairs (or any chair) will definitely be interested in this companion piece, sure to please beginner to advanced woodworkers. Don’t all chairs need a side table for all of those remotes? (The other day I counted 9 on my table).

Enjoy the video!

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 03:07 AM

Very nice video kinda fancy


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#2 posted 12-19-2011 03:45 AM

That is ONE COOL Demo!

What program did you use?

Looks like it would take hours to do…
... but with the right program, minutes…

Super Duper Sketchup of some kind?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 03:56 AM

Thanks Joe.

This was made using something called Luxology Modo 501. It is a professional 3D modeling and animation package used by movie studios. I also used Autodesk Maya, which is another 3D standard for animation (think Avatar).

I only wish it took a few minutes. My wife and I worked diligently on this and it took over 3 months of modeling, rendering, animating and post effects. Quite a project! I appreciate the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 04:21 AM

Wow that’s pretty impressive. I think there would be a lot of projects that this type of video would be great for. Lot of work – but sure is nice. Thanks for posting.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 04:24 AM

Scott… but, once you learn it and are very proficient with it, it will be a lot faster than your “learning curve” time. :)

I don’t know if that would really be worth the cost…

If one is somewhat proficient with Sketchup, one can produce a pretty good animated video going from the exact scenes you want to others… and depending on your selection sequences, can be fairly smooth in transitions.

I’ll bet Dave Richards would surprise you using SU… He is just awesome…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 04:52 AM

Cooool Video and demo. Thanks Scott.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 01:30 PM

Being a mechanical engineer and having used 3d rendering software, I know how much work goes into creating this video. You both did a teriffic job. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 04:42 PM

Hey Scott,

That looks really cool. I’m curious what prompted the switch to this kind of video?


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#9 posted 12-19-2011 04:55 PM

Learning Curve? Not really. I’ve been using this type of software as a hobby for years. Don, you have it right…it take a TON of hard work. Just as another example (and moderators, please forgive me) here is a picture I recently completed using the aforementioned software (I’m something of a sketch artist as well).

Lots of fun to play with, but this image took weeks to get it right. Anyway, not to belabor the point, but Sketchup is one thing…true animation is another. Thanks goodness for talented spouses!

Mike, good question! I haven’t really switched. I will continue to make more traditional videos (my next one, a Dining Chair will be the old style). I just wanted to do something different, mostly for the experience and challenge. I always strive to push my own limits, no matter what unorthodox direction they take me.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#10 posted 08-25-2013 03:24 AM

I purchased this video and the plans recently. Worth every penny. The method of instruction is very innovative.
There are so many advantages to this type of educational video.
Another bonus is that Scott will communicate with you about any needs you have. I emailed him to compliment him on the video and we ended up corresponding for a couple of emails. A down to earth, honest guy.

As soon as I finish up on a few other woodworking commitments this table is getting built.

If you have any interest at all in making this table, you gotta get this video and plans; it is really something to experience. Thanks Scott.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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