Cedar Garden Foot Bridge

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Project by Cindy Braunheim posted 08-18-2012 02:48 AM 1586 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, I decided to build something to auction off at my band’s fundraiser and was prompted to make a garden item, since Seattle is wild for outdoorsy stuff. Ok. I can do that. This is my own design, with elements borrowed from pictures and random bridge plans on the internet. I tried to give it an Asian feel, using gentle curves and keeping the design simple. I researched the heck out of this one…it was my first bridge build and likely, not my last. Made from cedar all-throughout and stainless steel screws and bolt/washers/nuts.

The pictures: 1) This is Mike (say hello, Mike!) standing on my 1/8-scale model – I was able to work out proportions and some engineering challenges by making a model. 2) Here I am laying out the ribs on 2”x12”x10’ Cedar planks. I cut them with my recip saw, as I did not have a band saw that could handle these monsters (I do now, though!). I finished them with a smoothing plane and belt sander. 3) Attaching the 5/4 deck boards to the ribs with invisible stainless deck fasteners. That was a lot of screws… 4) In this picture, I am cold-bending the middle rails, using the cut-offs from the ribs for the arc pattern. I did not have the steam generating equipment and this worked well for me – I also cold-bent the upper rails. I did not have enough clamps, in my opinion! 5) Progress – 4×4 cedar posts for the railing posts. It took a good few weeks to dry these out before I could use them. 6) Ta-Da! It is finished and barely fits in the small assembly area of my shopage (shop-garage). It is ready for the coat of water-seal and its new home!

-- Cindy in Seattle,

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 02:59 AM

Nice foot bridge ! I think personally I would opt for better clamping pressure when making the handrails. Those quick action and F style clamps don’t exert much pressure.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 04:04 PM

Thank you! What type of clamp would you use?

-- Cindy in Seattle,

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