Garden Bench with "personal picnic butler" - Red, White, Greene and Greene

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Project by Tom Goodman posted 1800 days ago 3761 views 36 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this design in my head for quite some time and I new that I had to have side tables so you can have a place for your plate and a beverage. and I must say those side tables (picnic butler) get a lot of use. Every BBQ I have, it’s the favorite place to eat.

I originally made this for my wife and her mom to have a place to sit out in the back yard together and watch the humming birds. and also to enter it in the Summer 2009 “Garden Bench” contest, But never got it entered. But knowing how useful those small tables had been the last three years I knew the ”personal picnic butler” contest was the contest to enter it in.

  • Made of Redwood, Alaskan White Cedar with just a touch of Greene and Greene style. I didn’t have enough redwood or Alaskan White Cedar so I combined them. I also wanted to put more Greene & Greene style into it but had no time.
Over all length = 7’8”
Bench (between arm rest) = 4’2”
Height = 6’

I put a water sealant on it. Any advice on any other finish would be welcomed. *

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#1 posted 1800 days ago

Wow Tom
This is very unique so cool well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1800 days ago

Thats a great looking bench setup. Nice job on the construction and mixed materials.

My outcoors benches I use an outdoor wood Cypress or similiar and no finish. I’ll just let the wood age.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 1800 days ago

I like this a lot!! That would have placed big in the contest. Great idea and design and build!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Ben Kahmann

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#4 posted 1800 days ago

Fantastic bench and design

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#5 posted 1800 days ago

I must agree with the rest of the posters. Great use of mixing the woods and I love the design. This should score you some big points with the wife and mother in-law

-- Don't Tread on me

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#6 posted 1800 days ago

I like this as well. I have absolutely no doubt this would have won. I know I would have voted for it!

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#7 posted 1800 days ago

Sweet Beautiful work

-- Marty Ohio

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Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 1800 days ago

Great Looking Bench, Tom

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1800 days ago

Nice looking bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1799 days ago

Tom Goodman,
Yeppers Christopher, got it right, this would have won for sure. I’d have cast my first place vote for it too! Congratulations on an excellent design. I think that is what primarily piqued my interest. The mix of woods looks great as well. Yeppers, it surely could have been a winner!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#11 posted 1799 days ago

Hey Tom,
Sweet looking bench and multi-functional….cool.

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#12 posted 1799 days ago

it gets my vote!
love the design, the wood…. just lovely

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 1798 days ago

Just saw this and didn’t want to miss commenting.. great mate.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#14 posted 1625 days ago

another great one of a kind…. very nice work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 1130 days ago

Love the design and the wood – AS MY KIDS WOULD SAY…. YOU KILLED IT (apparently that is the new AWESOME)!!

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