Garden footbridge

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Project by rweitz posted 10-08-2012 05:00 AM 2983 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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#1 posted 10-08-2012 08:25 AM

Nice project

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 12:57 PM

cool bridge.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 04:14 PM

A zen bridge. Great work.

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 04:36 PM

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. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 10:55 PM

Nicely done project.

-- Norman

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 11:58 PM

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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#7 posted 10-15-2012 07:24 PM

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 10-15-2012 08:52 PM

I love the simple gracefulness of it.

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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