Oriental style bridge

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Project by michaeljohn posted 1284 days ago 1513 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an oriental style bridge I built across our Koi pond. Made of Mahogany. Needs a marine varnish yearly to keep its color. The handrail is actually three thin boards lamanated together. Used clamps after lamanating to secure the curve.
Koi Pond is approximately 30 ft across with about 25 Koi ranging in size from 18” to 24”.

Building behind pond is an Aviary for approximately 50 Finch birds. Picture of one of our African Finches. Front and back of building is heavy gauge wire (due to Raccoons). Sides of building are plywood. In winter we place old sliding door glass panels in front and back of Aviary to protect from cold. Glass panels set up to slide in and lock. Someone asked about black water tank near bridge in one of the pictures. That is there to catch rain water and we have another under our deck. Use it to add water to Pond when needed.

-- Mike, Aptos, Calif.

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#1 posted 1284 days ago

That’s a cool looking bridge, and a beautiful looking location. With a bend like that on the top hand rail, do you have to steam bend it or did you just walk it down from one end to the other?

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#2 posted 1284 days ago

nice and peaceful
nice job on the bridge like more pics


-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 1284 days ago

Very nice work. My dad does metal work and built one to serve the same purpose for a family member several years ago. He built his our of steel of course and it turned out great. I am just saying this to tell you that I would never tell him this but I like yours better :)

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#4 posted 1284 days ago

Nice! I have to say, you have an enviable view. It looks like a photographer’s backdrop.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 1284 days ago

1 picture? Come On!
I’m dieing to see the rest of the site too. Pleeeeese add more pictures of the bridge, Koi pond and that very cool garden shed.

I also have a Koi pond with an arched bridge made of cedar, but I didn’t do the hand rails. I really like yours.
Have you considered painting the “primed” metal 4 panel door? Maybe dark red? It looks like your still working on it.

I lived in the bay area long time ago. California is so beautiful. You’re view, from the picture, looks awesome.
You’re on my watch list so grab a camera and show us some more!

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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#6 posted 1284 days ago

Good looking bridge and shed. This crew likes pictures. If you have sometime, please take some more pictures of your back yard area. I do not know where you live but I sure love your view from your back yard. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 1284 days ago

Yeah buddy,....more pics would do wonders! But, it looks go from what I can see.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 1284 days ago

Hey Mike
The Bridge looks fantastic . If I can’t come live with you (based on the scenery in the back ground) how about some more photos?

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1283 days ago

Wow, what a nice job all the way around. The bridge and pond are great. Looks like a great hideaway you have there… Congrats on retiring!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 1283 days ago

Much much better, thank you!

You pond is really nice. Huge fish! you must have had them for a long time. My biggest one is maybe 12” and it’s about 6 yrs old. I’ll bet the raccoons have a sushi party occasionally at your expense.

One day I looked out the window just in time to see this 4 ft. tall crane swallow 3 or 4 big koi fish.
A 90.00 fish dinner. Now I have a fake Owl near by. Seems to work so far.

The finch house is really cool too. You could do a blog on it. Any pictures of you with the birds?
Also, please describe what that huge water tank is.

Please keep this thread going. Good job.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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#11 posted 1281 days ago

I noticed your changing the pictures in the original post which is fine, but if you want you can post lots of pictures below as a comment by pushing the img button, drag the url where you want it in the paragraph, and hit preview to see what it looks like.
You know this already don’t you. I’m still new here and just discovered it the other day.

With a pool. 3 koi ponds, a garden, and 1/2 acre of major landscaping, I plan on installing a big water tank under my deck too. I haven’t quite figured out the filtration set up yet.
Are those your ducks or are they wild?

We live north of Chicago, zone 5, so our options are very limited. I would love to have all those plants in my yard.
Up here, we call those annuals.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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