Garden Bridge

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Project by lymanlouis posted 11-27-2016 02:04 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Posting my first project photos. My wife wanted a garden bridge for the low part of her garden. I scouted a few plans on the net and came up with this one. It’s a pretty simple project that took about three days total including the application of some Thompson’s Water Seal. The deck is clear cedar and the stringers and toe rail are tight-knot. It was a pretty fun project except for moving it into place; at 18’ long it’s a pretty heavy piece. Just need to get some leveling blocks in place to get the wood out of direct contact with the soil.

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#1 posted 11-27-2016 03:34 PM

nice looking bridge

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 03:43 PM

nice one!

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 03:58 PM

I’be been asked to make something just like that but have balked on making the arch sturdy. How wide of wood ( I assume 2x material?) do you use for the long runners?

Well done!

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 04:30 PM

great looking garden bridge, nice wood choices!

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

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 05:35 PM

I be been asked to make something just like that but have balked on making the arch sturdy. How wide of wood ( I assume 2x material?) do you use for the long runners?

Well done!

- splintergroup

I was concerned about the arch as well, but it is plenty sturdy. Yes, the whole project is 2x’s. I started with 2×10x20s for the runners and cut them down to size. The ends had some splitting so I was able to trim that down and I wasn’t certain what the overall length would actually end up being. Once I got the arch figured out the actual material ended up being just over 6” throughout the arch.

The 2×4 toe rails caused me some concern (will they split while I bend them?) but with the notches cut out it went very easily.


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#6 posted 11-27-2016 05:40 PM

great job came out real nice,and it seems the dogs like it too.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 11-27-2016 08:43 PM

This is a beautiful garden bridge.

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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#8 posted 11-27-2016 10:35 PM

love it!

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 11-28-2016 04:48 AM

Nice!! I do think the arch adds a lot to the project.

I also like to use cedar for a lot of things.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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