Foot Bridge Over Pond Outlet

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Project by rainman posted 1363 days ago 3258 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small wooden bridge I built for some very good friends of mine. For some reason I’ve always wanted to build a bridge. I guess it’s just one of those things that I had to do so I could move on to my next bucket list project! With the landowners help we dug out either side of the small outlet ,placed landscape fabric and #3 stone as a base for our main support beams. On that six inch deep bed of stone we leveled and squared three Hemlock 6×6’s sixteen feet long. With these seven feet apart outside to outside, we nailed 8ft long Hemlock 2×6’s leaving a 6 inch overhang on each side. Laid out for 4×6 posts and notched the planking so the posts could be lagged tight to the beams with 3/8×8 inch lag bolts, (three each ). I gave them four different railing designs . They chose this simple crossbuck with tapered ends to give the illlusion of an arch to a very flat bridge. I loved working on this bridge! I already know what your thinking, just a tad bit overdone! It only actually bridges a six foot span! If its worth doin, its worth OVERDOIN !

-- So much wood, So little time

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#1 posted 1363 days ago

Cool build rainman, the setting is very beautiful.

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#2 posted 1363 days ago

Looks good I would normally suggest using pressure treated wood if it has ground contact. Looks like you had fun.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1362 days ago

Hey Rain Man,
Sweet design and nice setting…well done.

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#4 posted 1362 days ago

I love it.
I agree, there is a certain something about small quaint looking bridges.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 1362 days ago

Very nice bridge. Does it lead you to designing others? You may have established a woodworking ‘niche!’


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#6 posted 1242 days ago

Very nice. I’ve been planning (putting off) one of these for several years, over the fake stream in my back yard (see my wall project pics). I have a narrow wheelbarrow bridge over it already, but my 5 year old niece was asking about a big one this weekend. She said she wanted a bridge “with handles”.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#7 posted 1224 days ago

Looks great gives me ideas of my own thanks for the inspiration.

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#8 posted 1222 days ago

I really, really like this bridge! I currently have a bridge which crosses a small creek but I’m afraid that soil erosion (from the creek when it overflows) will cost me one of my posts. When I rebuild, I’d like to copy this design, if I may!

-- Dan

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#9 posted 1216 days ago

My first thought…...was “GIVE EM WADERS” and build a workbench!
However when SWMBO saw it!!! looks as if I will be building one Or two! My next thought, maybe a little planning will allow enough leftovers for a W/B.
One can only hope!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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