Lavarnway Designs

Lavarnway Designs From farmhouse to fine furniture
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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.

04/08/2019

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 ...
04/06/2019

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 ...
04/05/2019

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...
04/04/2019

#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 the...
04/02/2019

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 anot...
04/01/2019

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...
03/30/2019

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” th...
03/28/2019

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....
03/27/2019

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 sayi...
03/26/2019

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 ...
03/25/2019

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

03/24/2019

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. I...
03/23/2019

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?
03/22/2019

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....
03/21/2019

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

03/20/2019

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 larg...
03/19/2019

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 ha...
03/18/2019

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 ...
03/17/2019

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 swi...
03/16/2019

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 piec...
03/14/2019

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 ...
03/13/2019

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...
03/12/2019

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 yo...
03/12/2019

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?

This was my first time drawing something on @carbide3d Carbide Create. I changed the background to a photo of the statio...
03/11/2019

This was my first time drawing something on @carbide3d Carbide Create. I changed the background to a photo of the station numbers and then traced the 2 for the vector. I couldn’t find a program with the same font. So this isn’t the most impressive artistic drawing, but nevertheless I’m proud of it. What do you think?

03/10/2019

Little CNC time today. Whose got a @carbide3d @shapeoko? I don’t use it often but man is thing thing handy. #cncwoodworking

Delivery day is the best day! Nothing beats a happy customer. Don’t you think? #ontothenextone
03/09/2019

Delivery day is the best day! Nothing beats a happy customer. Don’t you think? #ontothenextone

To all the lady woodworkers, happy #internationalwomensday! Proud of you. You women rock! #ladyfireman
03/08/2019

To all the lady woodworkers, happy #internationalwomensday! Proud of you. You women rock! #ladyfireman

How do you think of this black nut and washer stand out against the dark walnut stain? #industrialfarmhouse
03/07/2019

How do you think of this black nut and washer stand out against the dark walnut stain? #industrialfarmhouse

My customer wanted the doors to be bigger than originally planned. Here you can see trim I’ve added all the way around...
03/06/2019

My customer wanted the doors to be bigger than originally planned. Here you can see trim I’ve added all the way around. They’ll be stained the same color. What do you think? #secondtimesacharm

Staining the edging I added to two very large doors. I wasn’t feeling motivated to flip them so I had to resort to som...
03/04/2019

Staining the edging I added to two very large doors. I wasn’t feeling motivated to flip them so I had to resort to some ground work. What’s your staining set up? This happens to be on the end of my @sawstopsaws. #needabiggershop

At the moment the top of the goat house is being held together with these @besseytools_na clamps. Decades later, I still...
03/03/2019

At the moment the top of the goat house is being held together with these @besseytools_na clamps. Decades later, I still couldn’t be happier with them. Do you own any? #goathouse

Those curves 😍 Would you have bent them or cut the curve out? #goathouse
03/02/2019

Those curves 😍 Would you have bent them or cut the curve out? #goathouse

03/01/2019

#detailsmatter #itsthelittlethingsthatcount #lifeslittlepleasures #lifeslittlemoments #dowoodworking #carpenterlife #woodworkings #woodworkigshop #woodworkingcommunity #woodworking #woodworkersofig #woodworkersofinstagram #makersofig #makerlife #furnituremaker #sawdust #dowoodworking #finewoodworking #carpentry #carpentryskills #tinyhouse #tinyhouseideas #tinyhouses #tinyhouselove #tinyhousemovement #tinyhouseliving #tinyhousedesign

02/28/2019

Another satisfying chisel video. How many times will you watch it? #chiselmetimbers

The goat house has functional windows. Pull the handle for some fresh air and a chain keeps it from going too far. I lov...
02/27/2019

The goat house has functional windows. Pull the handle for some fresh air and a chain keeps it from going too far. I love that the angle on the window matches the line of the exterior wall. What do you think of it? #goathouse

Can #tooltuesday go out to glue? I need to back these boards with 3/4” plywood. No nails or screws. Go glue!!
02/26/2019

Can #tooltuesday go out to glue? I need to back these boards with 3/4” plywood. No nails or screws. Go glue!!

That roof line though. Oh my!! What do you think? #goathouse
02/25/2019

That roof line though. Oh my!! What do you think? #goathouse

Had an amazing weekend meeting some of the best makers around. They’ve given me a lot to think about...More specifical...
02/24/2019

Had an amazing weekend meeting some of the best makers around. They’ve given me a lot to think about...More specifically, I may be looking into YouTube. For now, about to hop on my flight home. Back to the shop and back to the grind.

02/23/2019

Laying down some glue for the platform bed. I’m holding these 4/4 reclaimed oak boards together with a plywood backing. #jacksonpollock #shopsounds

#workbenchcon2019 going well. Wrapping up day two and looking forward to some more awesome classes tomorrow. I enjoyed h...
02/22/2019

#workbenchcon2019 going well. Wrapping up day two and looking forward to some more awesome classes tomorrow. I enjoyed hearing @fixthisbuildthat talk about current Instagram trends. He’s given me a few ideas on where to take my account.

Got the shirts made. Heading to #workbenchcon2019. See y’all soon! I know a bunch of folks couldn’t make it this yea...
02/21/2019

Got the shirts made. Heading to #workbenchcon2019. See y’all soon! I know a bunch of folks couldn’t make it this year; have you started making your plans for 2020?

Working on this monster king sized platform bed made of reclaimed oak.  Got everything glued up and drying while I’m a...
02/21/2019

Working on this monster king sized platform bed made of reclaimed oak. Got everything glued up and drying while I’m at @workbenchcon2019. Who else is coming to GA?

I may decide to live in here. It’s too freaking cute! I’m tossing around different ideas for the roof. Would you use...
02/20/2019

I may decide to live in here. It’s too freaking cute! I’m tossing around different ideas for the roof. Would you use shingles? Metal? Any other ideas?

Goat house progress. What do you think?
02/19/2019

Goat house progress. What do you think?

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Ashburn
Ashburn, VA
20148

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(703) 822-3457

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