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.

Essential tool belt accessory #burtsbees Don’t you agree?
03/27/2020

Essential tool belt accessory #burtsbees Don’t you agree?

03/26/2020

A slightly different type of woodworking going on this week. I’m renovating a house built in 1840. What do you think?

Heard lots of good ideas for fixing the blowout. Would you believe me if I said I’ve never used epoxy?
03/25/2020

Heard lots of good ideas for fixing the blowout. Would you believe me if I said I’ve never used epoxy?

Boo. Lathe blow out. Cherry can be so difficult. What do you think?
03/24/2020

Boo. Lathe blow out. Cherry can be so difficult. What do you think?

Check it out. Got a them all turned. What do you think?
03/19/2020

Check it out. Got a them all turned. What do you think?

How’s this for a subtle design on the bench legs? V U V. What do you think?
03/17/2020

How’s this for a subtle design on the bench legs? V U V. What do you think?

One down. Many to go. What do you think?
03/16/2020

One down. Many to go. What do you think?

03/13/2020

This was easier than I was expecting, but still tiring after not too long. What do you think?

03/12/2020

Took a break in the shop to snag up some 4-5ft oak rounds. These are going to make some beautiful tables in the near future. Look how much this wood weighed the truck bed down. It raises up as fast as that wood stack as I unload. What do you think this pile weighs?

PSA: Dont use your chisel as a prying tool. 😭
03/11/2020

PSA: Dont use your chisel as a prying tool. 😭

Got a solid five hours in the shop yesterday. Made huge progress on the four benches. The cool glasses are coming to an ...
03/10/2020

Got a solid five hours in the shop yesterday. Made huge progress on the four benches. The cool glasses are coming to an end. They’re cracking at the top and the awesome @ergodyne_workday has offered to send me a much more practical (and far better looking) pair of safety glasses. Can’t wait for them to arrive so I can put them to use! What do you think?

Very excited to be testing out this @woodpeckers_tools #ultrashear chisel today. What do you use with your lathe?
03/09/2020

Very excited to be testing out this @woodpeckers_tools #ultrashear chisel today. What do you use with your lathe?

03/06/2020

Time to start making the legs. I’ve been using the chisels you see here, but I recently picked up a new one from @woodpeckers_tools at a local show. I hope to break it out later today. Also, these super cool glasses are making their final appearances. I know how disappointed you are. New ones on the way! What do you think?

Got some messages on the boots. I do really love these @hytestsafetyfootwear. The taller height makes me feel much safer...
03/05/2020

Got some messages on the boots. I do really love these @hytestsafetyfootwear. The taller height makes me feel much safer when using the adze. What do you think?

Using this adze is a great way to remove the bark and is one crazy workout. There’s a bit more to do on this log, then t...
03/03/2020

Using this adze is a great way to remove the bark and is one crazy workout. There’s a bit more to do on this log, then three more to follow. Glad I had these @hytestsafetyfootwear boots while swinging this thing around. What do you think of the boots? What’s your shop footwear choice?

03/02/2020

This log bench project is having me use all sorts of different handtools. Who has used an adze before? It’s projects like these where you want to wear the proper footwear. One wrong move and you can say goodbye to your ankles are shins. Glad I’ve got these @hytestsafetyfootwear boots.

This draw knife couldn’t have worked better to remove the bark on these benches. The best thing about it, my dad used it...
02/29/2020

This draw knife couldn’t have worked better to remove the bark on these benches. The best thing about it, my dad used it to build log cabins almost 50 years ago. Do you have antique tools in your shop? Some of mine are from my great grandad. #heritage

02/27/2020

Onto the next project. Four log benches. Getting all the bark off takes some effort. Have you tried before?

Look how massive this thing is! What do you think of it?
02/26/2020

Look how massive this thing is! What do you think of it?

02/25/2020

Reveal day. What do you think of this 8’ table?

02/20/2020

The final steps. Truth be told, the table has been done for awhile. I’ve been taking full advantage of all the IG content I was able to get with this build. The circular shape has been amazing. We can finally all talk and see one another. What do you think?

02/18/2020

From the captain’s voice at the end of this clip, you can tell how heavy this top is. What’s your guess on its weight?

02/14/2020

It’s almost to it’s final destination. Thank God this top is round. It weighs hundreds of pounds so rolling was a pleasant treat. What do you think?

02/13/2020

It’s finally making its way inside. I’m going to seal and finish the top in place so we weren’t too worried about any small scratches he rolling may cause. What do you think?

02/12/2020

My shift was nice enough to do all the lifting while I got to film. What do you think? This thing is huge!

02/11/2020

Just like yesterday’s post, thank God for friends and rolling workbenches. This top is so big it only fits through one door of the firehouse. The front door is about a foot taller than all the other. Now the guys are going to have to pick this top up which you’ll get to see tomorrow :) What do you think of it?

02/10/2020

When your table top weighs hundreds of pounds, you get lots of friends and a workbench to help move it. This 8 foot circular table is going into my fire house. We would’ve made it larger, however, the front door opening was 100 inches on its diagonal. Wait till you see the video of it going through the door-oh my!!

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?

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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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