Intro: 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.