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Project by Alan posted 04-17-2008 10:23 PM 4035 views 30 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This large piece was a commission, placed in a very large room. I thought it might overwhelm the space, but the room was so big, it worked just fine. It’s made of stained mahogany plywood and solids, and birdseye maple. I generally don’t stain, but this was the shade they wanted and staining helped even out the color from the various sheets of plywood and solids.
The components are behind the door on the left. They installed an infrared remote sensor so the remotes would work with the door closed, cleaning up the look.
My original drawings were much more traditional, symetrical and all that, and they said to be a little more adventerous. Woo-hoo. Don’t hear that a lot, so it was nice to stretch a little. The biggest problem was assembling it in the shop. It went right up to the ceiling and took all the free space I had.
I also made the coffee table in front. I’ll post it right after this one. See more at

-- Alan Carter,

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 10:38 PM

superb work congratulations

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 12:34 AM

What a fantastic piece, thanks for posting.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 04-18-2008 12:36 AM

Living in a city where all the architecture of late seems to be lending to the same arched appearance as the top of this uniquely fantastic entertainment center, I must say that your work here breaks away from the “oh,look, it’s another arched…”—- perhaps giving me another chance to enjoy the wonders of arches.
We have a river running through the middle of town that does have some fairly scenic falls right in the downtown area… but, building architecture just does not do the “falls” any justice with glue-lam, architectural steel arch beams, nor bricked over precast concrete archways; that aspect of (wood) working is a hard one to make asthetically pleasing, it takes a really talented craftsman to bring out the “energy” of the arch without overwhelming nor detracting. This, to me, is a very refreshing piece of eye candy; bold in its design and appearance… my first thought when I gazed upon it: “WOW, check this out! That is awesome!”... Simple, yet complex. Plain, yet strangely scintillating to the eye; almost difficult to look at as a whole, since the varying aspects draw the eyes back and forth in a desperate attempt to pull it all together as a patterned unit as one is so often used to looking at just from the unspoken of conditioning that “this is how this should look, but doesn’t.
The escapement from the normal appearance of an entertainment center has been accomplished here with a grandious design of simplicity.

-- Sometimes my wife wishes that she was a block of wood... ;-)

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#4 posted 04-18-2008 12:48 AM

Very impressive project! You are right, it’s a very special client that let’s you be that creative.


-- Joe,

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#5 posted 04-18-2008 03:00 AM


This is a beautiful project. It certainly has an original design and is quite unique. It would take a special home and decor for this piece to be fully appreciated for both its style and art.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#6 posted 04-18-2008 04:57 AM

Very nice artistic piece. I am very much a traditionalist but this piece I really like and made me stop and not only admire it but also embrace the design. I think that this is one of those “Out of the Box” ideas that may inspire a new phase for me. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#7 posted 04-18-2008 06:08 AM

OH MY GOSH, THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEICE I HAVE SEEN SINCE I HAVE BEEN ON THIS SITE CONGRATULATIONS. I am favoriteing this one, and I haven’t done that yet to any other project. This is just incredible, this is exactly the type of furniture I love. Can I have one lol. Every project you have had is just incredible. By the way you have a beautiful house as well. :)

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 10:44 PM

VERY COOL… probably the nicest entertainment centers I have seen… massive too… makes the TV almost look small… great job on this build…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 01-27-2010 02:50 PM

I love this piece!!!!

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 01:35 AM

Thanks to all, even if I’m a little (little?) late responding. I appreciate to kind words.

-- Alan Carter,

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#12 posted 11-17-2010 09:54 PM

Wow, that is an amazing peice of furniture. The curves, contrast, and non-standard shapes make this visually stimulating. In my opinion, much better to watch then the telivision! I’m currently designing an entertainment center, thought I had it pretty well designed, but after seeing this I may borrow some concepts.

Really great!

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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