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

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Project by Tom Goodman posted 08-22-2009 06:21 PM 4506 views 37 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I originally made this for my wife and her mom to have a place to sit out in the back yard together and watch the humming birds.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 08-22-2009 06:23 PM

Wow Tom
This is very unique so cool well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-22-2009 06:24 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 06:26 PM

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 08-22-2009 06:46 PM

Fantastic bench and design

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#5 posted 08-22-2009 07:20 PM

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 08-22-2009 07:31 PM

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 08-22-2009 08:19 PM

Sweet Beautiful work

-- Marty Ohio

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 10:53 PM

Great Looking Bench, Tom

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 08-23-2009 01:09 AM

Nice looking bench.

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#10 posted 08-23-2009 06:10 AM

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 08-23-2009 09:49 AM

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

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#12 posted 08-23-2009 01:05 PM

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 08-24-2009 10:31 PM

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 02-13-2010 07:33 AM

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 06-23-2011 11:43 PM

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

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