The long awaited, much anticipated bridge day!

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 07-05-2016 12:56 AM 1293 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the story of the bridge across my creek. My Sons and I built this on the fourth of July week end. Sorry if its a bit long and picture heavy.

Flash back to 2005. I came home from Iraq with much needing done having been gone a year and a half. At my creek the only way to cross was two 2X4’s and a couple pallets. I had rebuilt my porch before I left and saved back the better wood and went out to build a bridge. My Sons seen me and came out to help and we made a beautiful bridge.

Time and weather took it’s toll on our beautiful bridge.

It lasted ten years and finally just gave up. It was not built from weather treated wood so it’s amazing it lasted that long. This is what was left in the spring of this year.

I began work on the site, removed the barrels and used concrete to prevent more wash out. Actually I used what I could find.

I finally could afford the wood to rebuild and was so proud when my Sons came to help. It became quite a day! My Sons and I building a new bridge again after all these years. What could be better.

Thanks every one who took the time to scroll through all this and I hope you enjoyed the story.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 07-05-2016 01:35 AM

Jeff, what an awesome story. You guys did a fabulous job on the bridge.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 03:23 AM

I agree, great story. Now kick back and enjoy some refreshments with the family.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 03:28 AM

a very nice looking bridge ….... and an awesome story …. thanks for sharing both


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#4 posted 07-05-2016 06:00 AM

WOW! Realy the masterpiece of woodworking and engeneering.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 08:09 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Having built the first one with my Sons made building the second one with them all the more special. While we were working on the bridge my Wife was cooking on the grill. Just a great day!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 07-05-2016 08:39 AM

Hope it is weather protected. Enjoy a great build!

-- shuja

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 08:45 AM

That’s wonderful, Jeff. A bridge between generations, so to speak. Now I want sons.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 07-05-2016 11:51 AM

A much needed rebuild and a great story! Getting the job done with the family’s help makes it even more special! And then sitting down to enjoy Mom’s good cooking… Pure Joy! Nice job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 12:28 PM

Wonderful story. Getting to do this twice with your sons. Priceless!!

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#10 posted 07-05-2016 01:04 PM

Nice build, great story.

Wondering what the small green (maybe blue?) fork and spoon hanging on the uprights at one end?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 07-05-2016 01:21 PM

That is a beautiful accent and asset on your property and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 07-05-2016 01:38 PM

beautiful bridge

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#13 posted 07-05-2016 02:04 PM

Great story and outcome, Jeff! Now that Joe mentioned it, I too, am curious about the utensils and their meaning. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 07-05-2016 02:47 PM

What a cool story and beautiful bridge.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#15 posted 07-05-2016 03:18 PM

Great work Jeff and I’m very glad you got to enjoy your 4th in such an awesome way! I’m wondering where the heck you found sunshine and ground dry enough to build on though? You must have had all the fans out blowing the clouds up here to us! Next time blow ‘em down to NC ;P

Nice build, great story.

Wondering what the small green (maybe blue?) fork and spoon hanging on the uprights at one end?

- JoeinGa

My grandparents have a similar fork and spoon on their porch. They hold flyswatters and shoe-horns there :)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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