Princess Beatrice Royal Wedding Fascinator Chair

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Project by Woodbridge posted 10-13-2011 04:31 AM 5351 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to this forum so I am posting some of my most recent projects. As a hobby woodworker I like to build chairs. When I first saw the hat(?) that Princess Beatrice wore at the recent royal wedding I thought it would make an interesting chair back. So I decided to have some fun and see how it would look as a chair. I wanted to see if I could reproduce the hat’s flowing lines and ribbon shapes out of wood. It gave me a chance to do some carving and shaping. Also, since one of my future projects is a Maloof style rocker I used this as an opportuity to use a Maloof type joint to attach the back legs to the chair seat. I prefer chairs with a high back, so I streteched the design of the hat vertically. Since this was a bit of an experinent it is made of pine. It is finished with a water based stain, to match as close as possible the colour of the fascinators which is described as a “tea rose”. Not my favortite colour. If I were to do it again I would use a more natural wood colour

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 04:53 AM

A hideous hat, but makes for a very nice looking chair back design…who knew?! (I guess YOU did, lol!). Nice shaping and carving on the bow. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 05:01 AM

That certenaly does the hat justice. It’s surprising that someone would wear something that ugly.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 05:09 AM

There’s a design put to better use! Love it! Hate the hat!

Great designs man. Like your style.

Welcome to LumberJocks….........

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 05:11 AM

If you can get Princess Beatrice to sit on the chair, it should fetch at least £250,000. And if you can get Princess Beatrice to wear the chair on her head, it could easily fetch a million pounds. The design is much more alluring as a chair than as a hat! Perhaps you could contact the buyer of the hat and sell it to her to sit on while she wears the hat.

The chair is really quite lovely and would look attractive as a vanity chair. Thanks for sharing.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 05:25 AM

Thanks for the comments. I have thought about its use as a vanity chair and using the same design of the back to hold and oval mirrior for a make-up table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 06:11 AM

Great looking chair, ugly hat.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 12:12 PM

Yep, definitely better as a chair back. Nice job.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 01:35 PM

Fantastic! Is it comfy?

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#9 posted 10-13-2011 02:23 PM

She looks like a horse decorated up for a parade, but that chair on the other hand is beautiful.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 05:36 PM

When I saw that hat on the Royal Wedding I thought really? Who would wear someting like that? But as a chair wow amazing! That is some real talent you have amazing work!!!!!!! I bet she would by this no doubt!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 06:53 PM

That is a very cool looking chair. What great work you did on that.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#12 posted 10-13-2011 06:57 PM

I really like the ball that connects the 2 back legs. I would have never thought of a design element like that and it works perfectly. Love the chair…...heck, I love the hat too.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#13 posted 10-13-2011 09:34 PM

Hahahahaha xD

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#14 posted 10-14-2011 03:47 AM

Too awesome for words. The hat was awesome enough to inspire you, so Princess Beatrice did her job! LOL.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#15 posted 10-14-2011 04:17 AM

j-c: The seat is cmfortable, but unfortunately the the “ribbon” in the middle sticks into your back.

I can’t remember where I saw it, but the ball idea came from a a project someone had posted on a forum like this one.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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