Lavarnway Designs

From farmhouse to fine furniture

About: Lavarnway Designs is owned and operated by myself, Karen Lavarnway. I am a professional firefighter in Northern Virginia and carry with me the desire to serve the community as well as with every piece of furniture created. As a wife and mother I put the care and attention into everything I make as if it were for my own family. Description: At Lavarnway Designs I am proud of my wood creations and enjoy delighting people with the perfect piece of furniture to highlight any area of your home. From sprawling farmhouse tables to delicately intricate dressers, everything is tailored to your needs and style. The wood for your furniture is sourced locally. The fine cuts, sanding, staining and staging are all done locally and with an eye towards personal service. You will be involved at every stage and I could not be more happy about it.

Cutting to length as I unload. These are 12’ oak boards that are 3.5” thick. Since they are going to acclimate in shop for a few months, I have to cut them to size so I can handle them more easily. I have a chop saw in the garage you see here for this purpose as well an a 12” radial arm in the chop. Anyone do anything similar? #BasementShopProblems

These are going to be an amazing dining room table. 7’x4’ with a leaf in the middle. The wood came from the family barn in upstate New York. Love a project with a story. Don’t you?

Picking up a batch of reclaimed oak and a large amount of walnut today. It’s going to be a good one. Any of you have new projects coming up?

Another small CNC project on the @carbide3d Shapeoko. I have some great ideas for incorporating the CNC into furniture building. Just need the right customer. What do you think of this name plate?

Look at this amazing vice I picked up. Now I have to decide where to mount it. Any ideas? My tool bench (I’m standing in front of) already has four. I’d love for it to be functional but, it may end up as a display piece. #tooltuesday

Any guesses on how much epoxy this 8’ slab will need to make it a perfect rectangle? #diningtabledecor

Worked on another CNC project. This engine is 30” long and took HOURS to draw. I’m getting better at it but am looking forward to the day it feels more natural. What do you think? How did I do? #CarveTillYouDrop

Our newest firehouse opening May 30. What do you think?

What would you build with these? #tooltuesday @besseytools_na

Picked up a bunch of smaller slabs. Who needs a coffee table? The one tall one is about 8ft long though. It may be used for my first epoxy pour ever. Don’t worry FB, I won’t post video of the actual pour. #solastyear

Loving all the @besseytools_na. Now I need to make another clamp rack. Should I paint it red?

Mail call! Finally getting the chance to unwrap these @besseytools_na clamps. What a treat to use such quality equipment. #sponsored

What happened here?

One last post for fun. They put it in the house watch. First thing you see when you come in their front door. How cool! #FDNY

One last photo of the patch. Happy Easter folks. Have a great one.

The 40/35 patch has made it to the big city. Getting the hang of this CNC stuff. What do you think?

A quick patch done for some of NYC’s bravest. I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty freaking cool having my work in one of FDNY’s firehouses. What do you think? #40/35 #takingorders

Making my own trim pieces. With enough router bits, you can make any design possible. What do you think? #customisable

A little history about me. I’m a fourth generation woodworker. I still use some of the tools my great grandad used. In this photo is a picture of my mom about 50 years ago. My dad disassembled this two-story log cabin and moved it to a different state. He rebuilt it and they lived in it for years before having kids. It’s a little hard to tell but the staircase leads to nothing. The top floor has already been taken off. I really love this photo because when my dad texted it to me he stated “Such a beautiful lady sitting amongst the rubble.” They been married 53 years now.

Have you ever made legs like these? To this day, one of my favorite projects. #curvesarebeautiful

Just got home from some fire department training and was surprised by this massive pile of @besseytools_na clamps. I didn’t even know they were coming. What an amazing company to surprise me with one of my favorite and most used shop tools. You can never have enough clamps. I’m over the moon happy right now and can’t wait to put these things to use!

Does this count for woodworking? #ladyfireman

Happy #slaburday! Remember back to the day I bought monster walnut slab. 15ft long and 3” thick. It took a crew of us to move it. Ever get something this size?

I’m loving the trim around these legs. Also doubles as covering a less than stellar bandsaw cut transition :) What do you think? #perfectmiters

#tbt to this awesome table I made last year. It was my first time cutting legs like this on the bandsaw. While I’m out of town for fire department training, I’m going to highlight some of my favorite things about this build. What’s been some of your favorite projects?

Painted some of the numbers I cut for the fire house. The ones in the back are almost 3’ tall! Can’t wait to see them hanging on the walls at Kirkpatrick Farms. Which one is your favorite? #merica🇺🇸

I’m out of the shop for a few days doing some training for my full time job. Though I love woodworking, I do have another passion in my life. What’s your full time? Woodworking or something else? And extra points to anyone who can find me in this crowd. #LadyFireman

What would you build with this walnut beauty? It’s been sitting in the garage for over six months now. Got a good deal on it but haven’t figured out what I want to do with this walnut. #slaburday

One of the six pieces, this massive headboard was the most difficult to move. At 47” tall and 83” wide, this 2” thick wood was as light as a feather. Do you ever have weight issues? #INeedToBuildSmallerThings

Loving these new shirts. Even enjoy sporting them at non woodworking events too. Enjoying a few days away from the shop. Do you have any upcoming trips planned? #workhardplayhard

This thing is almost too pretty to cover with a mattress. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I think it’s worth saying again, this king size platform bed breaks down into six sections. Even the platform itself can be split in half to make moving easier. The customer lives in an older home with narrow halls so this custom built bed was the perfect solution. What do your think? #customisbetter

Here’s a shot with the platforms installed. They’re actually two platforms, separated at the halfway point, between the footboard and headboard. The bed needed to move through smaller halls so the entire thing breaks down into six sections. #customfurniture

When you’re a woodworker and come across a wooden escalator. #woodonthebrain #cantstopwatching

The bed frame is together. Now to lay the platforms on top. This big thing had to maneuver the halls of an older home. It breaks down into six sections. The awesomeness of custom furniture! What to you think?

Install well on its way. What do you think?

The beginning of the bed installation. This 2” thick headboard went up a couple flights of stairs. Thank God for help. Setup went smoothly and my customer is happy! Couldn’t ask for more. #happyme

Soap on a screw, or in this case a large bolt, will help it advance into the hole more easily. Wax and oil will do the trick as well but this is cheap and easy. I have also found oil to stain the wood on occasion so I try to avoid it now. What do you think? Does anyone else have another trick?

This Tuesday goes out to soap! Yes, I’m being serious. I like using soap instead of oil to help persuade long and large diameter bolts to screw in. Ever try such a thing? What do you use in snug predrilled holes? #tooltuesday

Bed progress shot. This thing is a monster. It’s built to be disassembled into sections so I can navigate the small halls on delivery. Best part of customer furniture, anything can be done to suit your needs. #icandoitall

I’m at work for 24hrs today so #repost to a Happy St Patrick’s last year. Cheers to you all! Enjoy one for me on my people’s day.

The less than glamorous side of woodworking...the clean up. An unfortunate but necessary task if you don’t want to swim in saw dust. This flat edge shovel does the job well. Sometimes I feel like I need a snow shovel though. How do you handle the big piles? #stateoftheshopsaturday #mfpbehindthescenes

This one small log is able to support the entire center of a king size bed. The neat thing about it, it’s the end piece of a fireplace mantle that went into the same customer’s house. What do you think? #recyclereuse

Putting some final touches on the headboard. You don’t want sharp edges. Do you normally round over the sides of your projects?

Not bolted together, but I shoved the sections together to get a better look. Loving the platform! What do you think? It will be getting black bolts. #industrialfarmhouse

CNC’s are phenomenal machines. Endless possibilities. How did you learn the computer side of it all? Do you draw up your own things or use file sharing? What do you think of Carbide Create?

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