Lavarnway Designs

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 y

Operating as usual

Photos from Lavarnway Designs's post 04/19/2022

Sometimes you need another set of hands in the shop. In this case though it was just me. I was making attempts at describing this with the panoramic feature on the iPhone. It took so many attempts. Here are a couple of my mistake photos. Can you find the problems? Woodworking and shop for the most part now requires me to get some helping hands. I’ve been considering expanding, possibly even hiring employees and buying commercial space. What do you think? Should I take the jump?


Happy Easter everyone. Hope you have a fabulous day. I’m at my full time job till tomorrow but then my plan is to be running around the shop all day finishing up some of my latest projects. What are you up to today? Any fun plans of your own?


The best adhesive on the market that anyone can use. This stuff fills the small spaces on all my projects. You get the gorgeous epoxy look without all the mess. I made a #reel showing the step by step. What do you think? Let me know in the comments :)

Photos from Lavarnway Designs's post 03/16/2022

I haven’t been able to share too much of what’s been going on in my life for the last few months. I did however want to tell you I got married at the end of January. The wedding was in my parents living room. We went into my dad’s wood shop where I learned in years past the more intricate aspects of woodworking. It might seem a bit cheesy but I really like the photos and I had a lot of fun doing it. I would love to hear what you think of them in the comments.


Tell me what you think of this veneered box top :)


Some more veneering. Piece by piece. Let me know in the comments what you think of it.


Making these six sides is shockingly difficult. After numerous attempts at cutting and re-cutting the last side, I’ve left four sides in a glue up. I will come back and custom fit the last two sides this evening. I’m excited to show you all the 3-D effect of these cubes I’ve veneered in the middle. A bit hard to see in this photo, plus they have labeling tape on them at the moment. What do you think?


Can anyone tell me if Instagram squashes videos that are pulled from TikTok? #algorithm


What do you think of the sand shading I did here? Have you ever heard of or tried this technique?


Do selfies get more views than woodworking content? I haven’t posted in months beyond this morning. I’ve heard Instagram punishes its users when they fall behind on content creation. Let’s give it a test. #nofilter

Photos from Lavarnway Designs's post 03/08/2022

Scroll through these few photos. This is my first attempt at veneering anything. What do you think? How did I do with this box lid?


Working on the most amazing herringbone table top. Last piece has gone in! What do you think?


Take a look at the tv stand in this amazing room. Side note, we did the fireplace mantle and ceiling beam as well :) What do you think?

Photos from Lavarnway Designs's post 09/30/2021

My customer had a cherry tree from their own property milled. Those boards went into this amazing tv stand. What do you think?


Delivery day for this fella. What do you think?

Photos from Lavarnway Designs's post 09/28/2021

Take a look at both photos. Would you keep the door to the sides or in the middle? Side note, there will be shelves as well.


I swear they’re comfortable!!! How do they look?


And the two chairs are done! Truthfully they’ve been done for a week. I brought them to the @farmersmarketwarrenton and they were a hit! Looking forward to doing another pop-up soon. What do you all think of the chairs? Can you see the dovetails?

Photos from Lavarnway Designs's post 09/18/2021

Come check out my pop-up booth @farmersmarketwarrenton today!!! Lots of big and small goodies you can buy 😁


Final prep for the @farmersmarketwarrenton tomorrow. Here’s the mock-up and the actual chair. Lots of smaller items will be sold in addition to some larger pieces (such as the chairs). Be sure to come check out our pop up booth. All items are made in Old Town Warrenton!!


Chair seat and back are attached. How would you go about joining these two boards together?


Getting those dovetails tight!! What do you think?


Chair arms glued up. See the dovetails? What do you think?


Three step process in making these dovetails. First, the band saw (which was my last post). Next, cutting the perfect edge here. Lastly, I will chisel to clean it all up. What do you think?

Photos from Lavarnway Designs's post 09/10/2021

Not the most interesting set of photos but it does show me making part of multiple dovetail joints at once. What do you think?


I find myself posting so rarely these days. Let me give you an update on the chair. Here is a bit of the arm. It’s made of wenge and has four dovetailed corners (last board not shown). What do you think?


I’ve been working on building the perfect angled chair. Here’s a throwback from a few years ago when I was trying to do the same thing for a bench. Any guess on what the perfect angle is?


What do you think of the tilt of the seat?


What do you think of the tilt of the seat?


Chair prototype testing. The first sit is always the scariest. What do you think?


Getting an upgrade. Can you tell what it is?


Custom made frame for an original poster. What do you think? #KirkpatrickFarms


Live, laugh, leave me alone. Ha! What do you do think?


How does my setup look?


What’s your opinion of the walnut tray with all that sap wood? Do you like it or would you prefer solid heartwood?

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