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.

02/06/2020

Here’s a fun little close up of how much material I was taking off in each pass. What do you think?

02/05/2020

Another view of cutting the 8’ circle. It’s kind of fun to watch the saw dust move around the center too. What do you think?

02/04/2020

First glimpse of cutting out the top. What do you think?

02/03/2020

I had two coats of poly on these legs when I went to smooth them out with some furniture wax. Because of the curved cut, the end grain soaked up the poly in some spots more than others. I had to sand it all off and start again, this time with no wax. What do you think?

Four legs are together. This cross piece will be added to help secure the massive top. What do you think?
01/31/2020

Four legs are together. This cross piece will be added to help secure the massive top. What do you think?

01/30/2020

Three of the four legs are together. These things feel like 100lbs each. What do you think?

01/29/2020

The good thing about doing your final glue-up at the fire house is there’s endless weights to flatten the top out. What do you think?

01/27/2020

Sometimes just hitting it with a mallet goes a little faster than using a chisel for the whole thing. What do you think? #timesavingtips

01/24/2020

How do you think these look? Both the beefy verticals and the curved parts are 3” thick and 25” tall. These will be some massive legs. Can’t wait to show you guys the final table. What do you think? Have you ever made something this large?

01/23/2020

Back to this saw business. As you can see here, it really was fast. Everyone had great ideas on how I should have done this differently, but I think this went well. What do you think?

01/22/2020

People shared lots of concern with me over my post yesterday. Aside from that one hard spot (which was yesterday’s video), this cut was a breeze. Here’s a view of the other side- as you can see, it’s already mostly cut through. Most of the cut was through paper thin walnut. So no need to worry folks. What do you think?

01/21/2020

This was a pain. I ran the piece through the table saw but it was just a tad thicker than my blade. Fortunately, most of the legs were easy; I just happen to catch this tough spot on video. What do you think?

01/20/2020

Now that all the curves are cut out, I have to make them the right width. I found this difficult, particularly at the end. Trying to navigate the blade on the line, while lifting the wood up on the out-feed side, was cumbersome by the eighth leg. How do you think it went?

01/17/2020

The outside of this curve has been a breeze. I liked how easy it gripped into the wood on the crest of the curve (rather than sliding along the side). What do you think?

01/16/2020

Cutting the outside of these curves has been a breeze. What do you think?

01/15/2020

I cut the curve out of plywood then traced it on the walnut. The new bandsaw has been awesome at cutting these massive things out. What do you think?

01/13/2020

Sometimes the relief cuts aren’t needed because the glue up was spot on. #lesswaste. What do you think?

01/10/2020

Now to flatten all the massive chunks of walnut. You can get a good view of them in yesterday’s post. Once their sides are smooth, I’ll cut the curved shape out. What do you think?

If you’ve been following along with all my band saw videos, these are the next to go through. There will be a total of e...
01/09/2020

If you’ve been following along with all my band saw videos, these are the next to go through. There will be a total of eight. They’re all 25” long and range from 3”-8” thick. Thank God for the new @jet.woodworking 18” bandsaw. And thanks to @ecofriendlywoodworks for this amazing walnut. What do you all think?

01/08/2020

Did a pretty good job. Don’t you think? Thanks @jet.woodworking

Still putting my older bandsaw to work despite having the new Jet...It’s mostly because this one is in the basement shop...
01/04/2020

Still putting my older bandsaw to work despite having the new Jet...It’s mostly because this one is in the basement shop while the @jet.woodworking bandsaw is too big for me to get down the stairs and will live in the garage forever. Here I am dropping the table to get an angle cut. What do you think?

01/02/2020

Sometimes you need a little extra light. This light is on a magnet and just sticks to the side of the bandsaw. This is also one of my first times using my new bandsaw. Cut like butter. What do you think?

This is half of one leg. Four pieces glued together to make it 4”x12”x27”. So beefy. What do you think?
12/30/2019

This is half of one leg. Four pieces glued together to make it 4”x12”x27”. So beefy. What do you think?

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. Mine was split between New Orleans and home. Have you ever been to NOLA? What a ...
12/26/2019

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. Mine was split between New Orleans and home. Have you ever been to NOLA? What a crazy town. Today I’ll be glueing up more table pieces. These leg parts are 12” wide and almost 4” thick. Endless glue. #SendMoreClamps

I forgot to post a photo earlier this week. It took three of us to tip this thing over into my truck bed. It was surpris...
12/20/2019

I forgot to post a photo earlier this week. It took three of us to tip this thing over into my truck bed. It was surprisingly a lot easier, and far less scary, then I could’ve imagined. Getting it out was not a breeze, but luckily it came with a mobile base. Have any of you had similar experiences with trying to move all these large machines?

I often use biscuits for alignment, however, C clamps at the end do the same job (so long as the middle of the boards ar...
12/19/2019

I often use biscuits for alignment, however, C clamps at the end do the same job (so long as the middle of the boards are good to go). What do you think? #TipsAndTricks

This is my attempt at trying to flatten a seam out. What do you think? #ShouldHaveUsedBiscuits
12/18/2019

This is my attempt at trying to flatten a seam out. What do you think? #ShouldHaveUsedBiscuits

Gluing a ton of walnut together so I can cut out this curved shape. What do you think?
12/17/2019

Gluing a ton of walnut together so I can cut out this curved shape. What do you think?

Made two different plywood cut outs to help decide which angle we want to put on the legs. The decision has been made. C...
12/16/2019

Made two different plywood cut outs to help decide which angle we want to put on the legs. The decision has been made. Can you guess which one? What would you pick? @ Warrenton, Virginia

With the large table I’m currently building, I know I have a few curved cuts I am going to have to do. So there’s never ...
12/14/2019

With the large table I’m currently building, I know I have a few curved cuts I am going to have to do. So there’s never been a better time for an upgrade. 18” @jet.woodworking bandsaw was just wheeled in. Loading this into the back of my pickup in the pouring rain wasn’t ideal, but on the plus side, it wasn’t as heavy as I had expected. What do you think? @ Warrenton, Virginia

This is hectic looking. I’ve had to do three rounds of glue ups because I keep running out of clamps. Can you guess how ...
12/13/2019

This is hectic looking. I’ve had to do three rounds of glue ups because I keep running out of clamps. Can you guess how many are in use here? @ Warrenton, Virginia

So many boards. This project is huge! At least the once 9’ boards are more manageable now. Do you cut your stock down AS...
12/12/2019

So many boards. This project is huge! At least the once 9’ boards are more manageable now. Do you cut your stock down ASAP?

Squaring up some massive table legs. This is just one part of one leg. What do you think?
12/11/2019

Squaring up some massive table legs. This is just one part of one leg. What do you think?

For #tooltuesday I want to highlight these amazing clamps Bessey let me try. They have the perfect amount of pressure po...
12/10/2019

For #tooltuesday I want to highlight these amazing clamps Bessey let me try. They have the perfect amount of pressure power to fix this board that cracked in half.

I filled three bags getting all this walnut square. Has anyone found any easy way to empty the dust collection? I use th...
12/09/2019

I filled three bags getting all this walnut square. Has anyone found any easy way to empty the dust collection? I use that little clamp you see on the left as another hand to hold the metal strap up when reassembling.

Organized and labeled for their use. But holy cow, look at that twist. What do you think?
12/06/2019

Organized and labeled for their use. But holy cow, look at that twist. What do you think?

All planed out. I actually own two planers. The one you see here stays in the garage and I run the boards through as the...
12/05/2019

All planed out. I actually own two planers. The one you see here stays in the garage and I run the boards through as they’re unloaded from the truck. I have a 13 inch one as well that stays in the basement.

Ouch! These buttons can hurt! Who’s been stuck by one?  #walnut
12/04/2019

Ouch! These buttons can hurt! Who’s been stuck by one? #walnut

Stunning, don’t you think?
12/03/2019

Stunning, don’t you think?

A fresh load of walnut coming into the shop. Can you guess how many board feet? Thank you @ecofriendlywoodworks. We’ll b...
12/02/2019

A fresh load of walnut coming into the shop. Can you guess how many board feet? Thank you @ecofriendlywoodworks. We’ll be having you over for dinner once this massive thing is built.

Very big things are coming soon
11/29/2019

Very big things are coming soon

State of the shop. There is a bench back there. Delivery next week!
10/31/2019

State of the shop. There is a bench back there. Delivery next week!

Got some stain on the legs and attaching the topper so I can add the table top. What do you think?
10/26/2019

Got some stain on the legs and attaching the topper so I can add the table top. What do you think?

#tbt to my first table build ever. Yes that’s a mallet in my hand. #10000hour
10/17/2019

#tbt to my first table build ever. Yes that’s a mallet in my hand. #10000hour

This table is almost done. Going to buy the stain today. What do you think?
10/16/2019

This table is almost done. Going to buy the stain today. What do you think?

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Ashburn
Ashburn, VA
20148

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(703) 822-3457

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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 work 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.

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