We stand by a commitment to collaborate with our clients to design and create custom furniture, residential fixtures, and commercial installations. Our work is built with the highest quality, sustainably and locally sourced lumber; a combination of traditional hand-cut joinery and modern tooling methods; and the most durable, beautiful, and eco-friendly finishes.


LR Custom Fabrication is the collaborative effort of two friends, Karl Loftus and Ernie Renn. Ernie’s background includes a decade of fine carpentry, woodworking, contracting, and large scale retail display fabrication. Karl’s background includes years of operating his former company, specializing in residential/commercial painting and high-end finishing. We opened our doors in March of 2017 in an industrial building outside of Carrboro, NC. Since then our work has been featured in Dwell Magazine, Light Art + Design, and in homes and businesses around the N.C. Triangle area.


We specialize in:

Working closely with clients to design one of a kind heirloom dining room tables and custom furniture, using wood, steel, and other materials.

Cultivating relationships with an extensive network of local sawmills, kilns, and lumberyards to ensure the best possible material selection for our projects.

Visualizing design with restaurant and business owners to create custom bar-tops and seating; vessels, cutting boards, and other serving and kitchen ware.

Partnering with local general contractors and architects for high-end residential and commercial remodeling and new construction; fabricating staircases, custom doors, interior trim and mill-work, counter tops, shelving and more.


“LR precisely reproduced a custom bench with a complicated lattice back.  Their work is far superior to the original!  Lattice pickets are interlocked with recessed screws with the screw holes filled in with epoxy and finished out so well that you cannot even tell that the wood was ever touched. The original was finished with wire brads and fell apart. The LR version is solid as a rock! Ernie and Karl were an absolute pleasure to work with!”

-Don, Durham N.C.

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616 HWY 54 W, CHAPEL HILL, NC, 27516