garden bridge

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jim Sellers posted 10-25-2013 02:28 AM 1833 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A client had an unsightly treacherous path with exposed sprinkler lines and drain grate leading between lots toward the back of the house and requested an arched garden bridge. Of course I had no drawings or plans and as usual had to come up with my own design.

Built from treated pine. No nails, assembled with only screws. I assembled the side stringers with the pickets and rails in the shop and pre cut everything else so that when I got to the site all I had to do was assemble it. It’s 7’6” long and 30” wide. 11’ radius on the arch. Also has an arched center joist in the center so that the 5/4 decking doesn’t flex.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

16 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


117090 posts in 3573 days

#1 posted 10-25-2013 04:01 AM

Very nice JC

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View deon's profile


2522 posts in 3022 days

#2 posted 10-25-2013 04:23 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


18268 posts in 3672 days

#3 posted 10-25-2013 05:39 AM

Great bridge. I like it ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Ken90712's profile


17556 posts in 3185 days

#4 posted 10-25-2013 08:50 AM

Great bridge,,, looks solid….

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

View PhilBello's profile


407 posts in 1963 days

#5 posted 10-25-2013 11:35 AM

Great piece of work

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

View NoLongerHere's profile


893 posts in 2672 days

#6 posted 10-25-2013 12:04 PM

this came out nice.

It’s a good thing you added that middle stringer. I built a 42” wide bridge over my koi pond with 5/4 clear cedar with only two stringers but it flexed a little too much so I had to add one in the center.

The neighborhood kids like to walk over it and I’d feel $ad if they got hurt from my bad framing.

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20476 posts in 3101 days

#7 posted 10-25-2013 12:23 PM

Hey Jim, that is a real sweet bridge! It sure dresses up the area too along with being a safer way to walk through.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View Woodbridge's profile


3545 posts in 2414 days

#8 posted 10-25-2013 02:00 PM

great looking bridge. definitely a big improvement

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 2288 days

#9 posted 10-25-2013 02:59 PM

Really nice! Neat project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View helluvawreck's profile


31056 posts in 2863 days

#10 posted 10-25-2013 03:23 PM

You did a wonderful job on this bridge.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View Northwest29's profile


1642 posts in 2486 days

#11 posted 10-25-2013 03:23 PM

Wow! Very impressive and good looking.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

View ralbuck's profile


4473 posts in 2262 days

#12 posted 10-25-2013 07:42 PM

Nice job.

There is a joy in doing your own design and having it actually TURN OUT RIGHT!

Very appealing; will become the site for many family photos, I am sure! Probably even some of the neighbors pictures.

I have been thinking of making miniature bridges as knick-knacks.

Anyone want ot give me ideas on how well they will sell, please do!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

View MAXIMUSminimus's profile


60 posts in 1757 days

#13 posted 10-26-2013 12:27 AM

Very nice project! I really like the before and after photos.

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

View robscastle's profile


4980 posts in 2200 days

#14 posted 10-26-2013 03:32 AM

Well done,
nothing like a before and after shot to appreciate all the hard work.

A question how did you bend/curve the top rail to match the profile on the stringers?

-- Regards Robert

View Jim Sellers's profile

Jim Sellers

436 posts in 2331 days

#15 posted 10-26-2013 12:40 PM

thanks to everyone for the comments and compliments. Robert, no problem bending. I used 1×4s The radius is not that tight, screwed the middle then the ends and then doubled it up with another 1×4.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics