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Project by rweitz posted 559 days ago 2345 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for a fella at work. He has a big ole gully in the back of his property and needed a new bridge to get over to the garden section. Its a bit too much arch for his old contractor wheelbarrow, so we probably need to drop in some pavers to make the transition less steep from the sculpted lawn.

The arch is made from three 2×10 treated lumber cut to the arch leaving about 6” of wood and a 15” foot for each side. I used a long piece of molding and made a bow to trace the arch, it seemed the easiest way for such a large piece. Working with an arch is pretty odd when it’s the foundation. there is nothing to square up against! Measure, measure, measure, calc – rinse and repeat.

2×6 and 2×4 cedar for the decking, 4×4 for the posts, topped with some LED solar lights. Used a light deck stain and wood protectant for the decking and stained the treated lumber with black to match the lights and cover up the fugly treated wood color. – thanks for looking.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 559 days ago

Nice project

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Woodbridge

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#2 posted 559 days ago

cool bridge.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Fishinbo

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#3 posted 559 days ago

A zen bridge. Great work.

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Grumpymike

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#4 posted 559 days ago

I see that you placed the garden hose under the bridge so that there would be … “running water” under the bridge. :)
Sorry, its monday, and it is proving out to be one of those days.
I like the bridge and the way you have constructed it, it should carry the loads in the wheelbarrow.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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NormG

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#5 posted 558 days ago

Nicely done project.

-- Norman

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rweitz

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#6 posted 556 days ago

Grumpymike,
the fella says it actually fill up with water in the rainy season, he’s kind of worried it might float off the RR ties at some point. But yah he’s got a next project now to make the hose bib look good next to the bridge and then trim the lawn back and…. so it starts #!#

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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Roger

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#7 posted 552 days ago

I likes it. The whole yard looks very kool with all the different layers, etc. Nice bridge

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 552 days ago

I love the simple gracefulness of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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