Introduction: Clementine, Spa Chair by Samuel Bernier

This was my first piece of furniture ever and I'm quite proud of it. It is made of reclaimed maple that I worked myself at school with the help of the workshop teachers. This transat is perfect for spas, pools or reading corners. The bottom compartment is ment to store towels. One interesting caracteristic of the seat is that it flips to become a cradle for young children to play with. this is the process I went trough to produce the first Clementine chair. 

Step 1: Bend

I first had to produce a hundred parts of wood 1/4 '' thick and 2 '' wide by 8' long. To put them in shape, I made a mold where three parts were held with clamps and glue for 3 hours. One part at the time...

Step 2: Curves

I ended up with 10 curved parts (the curve has a 3m radius)

3 of them I've cut in half to get some 2cm wide curves.
I then drilled a hole trough the middle of every curve. 2'' from the bottom. 

Step 3: Assembly

Once the holes drilled, all I had to do was to connect the parts with a long rod (the kind that has fillets).
I used a metal saw to cut what was sticking out and closed it with beautiful nuts. This assembly created an axis at the bottom of the chair.

Step 4: Back

I made come 1''x1''x24'' wood pieces that I rounded with a «toupie». I then glued them in place using grooves created at the back of each part. Almost snap fit!

Step 5: Oil

I wanted a natural finish, so I used oil. I applied with a sponge and a towel. 

Step 6: Packing

This isn't really part of the process. It is just how I packed it for a furniture exhibition.

Step 7: Into the Wild

So here it is. Clementine.
Sorry for not having every details, dimensions, etc. But I hope you enjoyed.


Samuel Bernier


amarlene made it! (author)2013-04-07

Love this piece.....such a talent you are!!! Great and beautiful piece! :)

Claudia made it! (author)2012-12-27


mganpate made it! (author)2012-07-31

super design pls share the pdf file i would be interested in make on

Spartman1 made it! (author)2012-03-14

LOL "beautiful nuts"

furthuron made it! (author)2012-03-10

man, this is absolutely beautiful!!! i love the look of it. only thing i am wondering is, is it comfortable?? i wish you had a pic of someone sitting in it cause i was wonderingabout the lower back support, but maybe im looking at it wrong. but anyways, great job, you are a true artist.

Samuel Bernier made it! (author)Samuel Bernier2012-03-10

I do have such pictures. let me see...

ledo made it! (author)2012-03-10

Exellent done!!!!

Don H. made it! (author)2012-03-08

What is a toupie?

Tinker83 made it! (author)Tinker832012-03-10

literal: "spinning top"
At that point, I would guess a router.

Judith756 made it! (author)2012-03-09

Great design, wonderful execution of the design. Thanks for posting it.

eclecticartist made it! (author)2012-03-09

What an artist you are...this is not merely a chair but a beautiful work of art. I think you found your calling when you made this one. Beautiful absolutely beautiful...

clevernick made it! (author)2012-03-09

Well done - excellent work!

mproveaux made it! (author)2012-03-08

Dude! This chair is AWESOME!!! You have to win an award for this! I'm jealous and I want one NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW......

toneman44055 made it! (author)2012-03-08

You should be proud. This gives me an ideal for some saplings I have to clear out. Hmmm.... saplings, furniture?

Nice work!

skiedra made it! (author)2012-03-07

Very nicely done.

abisabel made it! (author)2012-03-06


rimar2000 made it! (author)2012-03-05

Clever and beautiful design! And excellent work.