garden bridge

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 10-25-2013 02:28 AM 1965 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.

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

Very nice JC

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

Looks great!

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

Great bridge. I like it ;-)

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

Great bridge,,, looks solid….

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

Great piece of work

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#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.

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#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.


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

great looking bridge. definitely a big improvement

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

Really nice! Neat project.

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

You did a wonderful job on this bridge.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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

Wow! Very impressive and good looking.

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#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!

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

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

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#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 Rob

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#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.

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