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Project by Chainjack posted 536 days ago 1069 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project for my mom’s backyard that I just recently finished. A 12 foot long and 4 foot wide garden bridge.

Made from two 2”x8”x12’ boards for the arches and 2×4s for the decking and posts. All treated pine. The rails were cut out from the scraps of the arches and routed. 2×2s were used for the diagonal supports.

Used a jigsaw to cut out the arch that I drew by using a string at the right distance. Basically a giant compass.
Through bolts and copper tubing were used to attach the bracing on the underside. 4 screws in each of the 2×4s on the deck. I hope it’ll be able to withstand the elements for years.





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 536 days ago

Very nice work, it will look great after it weathers a little.

-- Chris K

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 536 days ago

That’s going to be a nice one. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#3 posted 536 days ago

Welcome to LJs
Looks good Jack super work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 536 days ago

A beautiful and well made bridge. Great addition to a backyard. One lucky mom!

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Chainjack

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#5 posted 536 days ago

We’ll see how well it’s made in a couple of years after my kids have had their fun with it. I’m getting it out of my garage and into her backyard this weekend. I hope I have enough friends, it’s gonna be heavy. Thanks for all the comments!

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#6 posted 535 days ago

I don’t know, a bridge to your workshop would be a great conversation piece…...................

-- mike...............

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Chainjack

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#7 posted 535 days ago

The conversation would go:

Me: “Hi!, How are you?”

Homeowners association: “Here’s a fine. You have 2 days to move that thing out of sight.”

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Dan Krager

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#8 posted 535 days ago

Nice! I’ve dreamed about building some walk bridges at my place (need at least three) but plans for affordable bridges that are durable are hard to come by. This looks like a good candidate. Would you mind if it were copied?
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Chainjack

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#9 posted 535 days ago

Copy away. The hardest part was drawing the arc. My solution to this was to draw one side of the arc on the top, cut it out, and use the scrap to draw the line on the other side to make them equal. For the underside arc I cut a flat piece out of a milk jug (it won’t stretch or tear) and used it to make a guide that would allow me to draw a parallel line to the top of the arc. The bent edge of the guide ran along the top of the arc and I poked a hole 5 inches away from the top arc to put a pencil tip through. Used a jigsaw to cut it all out.

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Dan Krager

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#10 posted 535 days ago

Thank you for the copy “right”, Chainjack.
For your reference, a long smooth curve like that is fairly easy to obtain. Using a long straight grained 1/4” thick slice (like from a 2x??) you can bow it into a fair curve by clamping a block to push against at each end of the stock to be cut and push the middle to the desired curve. The opposing edge can be laid out by following the cut curve with a stick and a clamped block set to the desired dimension. Follow the first curve, pushing the clamped block against the curve, while holding a marker (pencil) at the end of the stick. A parallel curve is the result. Using this method you could even put a “recurve” on each end!
This will be on my bucket list!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Chainjack

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#11 posted 535 days ago

A recurve would be nice. That board method is a great idea. The middle third of mine is actually a flat deck. I’m going to take some more pictures once I get it in the backyard later today.

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