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Question submitted in May: "I stumbled on your website when I was doing a little wedding research. Hi Rod, On behalf of my son and I, thank you again for giving so freely of your time and advice. Dear Rod, I just wanted to thank you so much for publishing the ideas on your website for building a simple garden bridge using 2" by 12" by 12 ft long stringers. Here it is May 7th, 2009 and I built a new 8 foot bridge for our pond from these wonderful plans I found on your site. If you love your garden and you want to have unique outdoor area different from your neighbors and your friends then having a bridge in your garden is a great idea.
All materials, unless otherwise noted, were taken from the Internet and are assumed to be in the public domain. If you are good with a hammer and nails you may even be able to make your own garden bridge. There are some lovely gardens that are small in size but large in beauty because garden bridges have been added in just the right places. Anyways, if you think the image has helped you spark an idea, why don't you let the world know about it?
Keep in mind that the photo of Japanese garden bridge plans with simple railing you see above is not our property. A little ways along the same garden path, is a rustic ‘collapsing lounge’, made from an old redwood chair and ottoman and a flip, flip mattress. Set under a large live oak and propped up under a couple legs with rocks, it anchors this part of the garden and creates a destination. In California, there isn’t much summer rain, so you can leave this lounge out from May to the first rains in October.
The most recent bench was built alongside the upper part of the loop, where the view is breathtakingly beautiful. With a magazine picture to go by and a design loosely based on two very simple, yet classic Aldo Leopold* benches, we knocked it together, without too much yelling and too many treks between the ‘spot’ and our patio ‘workshop.’ Thank goodness for cordless drills! This bench above was also built for $0, built from landscaping redwood, 2 x 12s, acquired free from the local lumberyard, whose owner when asked said it was “too weathered!”  “Gee, in that case, I’d be glad to take it off your hands” said I. With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts.
I threw this bridge together in an evening to get rid of some scrap wood left over from construction on the house. There are actually three rails, but yes, I cut both out of a single 2x12, then the handrails and the last rail out of the other.
With your help, I was able to spend some quality time with my five year old son working on a project this past spring. I got my arch by placing small nails three inches up on each end of the 12 ft long board and one nail at the edge of the board in the middle and then bending a piece of 12 ft long 1" by 1" molding under the two end nails and over the top middle nail. Our one-year anniversary is just around the corner, and I wanted to send you a few pictures from our wonderful day.

I built my bridge over this past summer and I wanted to show you and maybe you can use my photos to further promote your web site. I found all sorts of bridges on my internet search, and this was by far the simplest and prettiest!
Your tireless response to a first-timer questions and the level of detail was just incredible. My daughter and I purchased the materials on a Saturday morning and had the bridge finished in place on Sunday evening.
Garden bridges could be just what you need to turn those mediocre garden areas into something quite splendid. A small garden bridge will look attractive in a smaller garden and draw attention to a specific area.
We will very appreciate it if you can share Japanese garden bridge plans with simple railing that you love with people and friends closest to you through social media. You can build these benches!  Here are 4 simple projects to provide many lovely places to sit and enjoy the garden, to sit to water or to rest your bones after a hard working day in the garden. Two legs are cut, each 14 inches long, positioned about 10-12 inches in from the ends and nailed straight down from the seat of the bench. Comfort is the key here and making a comfortable place for yourself is highly recommended, with cushions and a pillow, it’s very handy for after digging or when dizzy from the heat.
An idea I saw somewhere else is to use a shower curtain to make your outdoor pillows and seat cushions waterproof!
My fiance is a manufacturing engineer so he was looking into building one, but as we have no experience with building bridges and on your page it looked like people were allowed to ask questions I figured I would give it a shot. The folks down at Parks were visibly moved by this Eagle project and the children at play couldn't wait to cross over. Yes, if you are using Redwood you should seal your bridge, especially since you live in Co.
Your easy to understand instructions enabled me to construct a beautiful 8 foot garden bridge to go with our newly landscaped yard. I built the 8 foot bridge out of treated 2x12x8 (2) and deck planking cut to a width of 30". If anyone is interested in getting an impecable footbridge for any occasion, I can't think of a more competent and nicer craftman to contact than you. There are many garden bridges that you can find in garden centers or home improvement centers.
You will find many choices for garden bridges at these online sites and you can also see photos of many different bridge styles. Just so you know, that photo is only one of 17 Beautiful Japanese Garden Bridge Designs that we have collected.
Unfortunately, due to the limited resources that we have, we are unable to define to whom we are supposed to ask for permission. Instead of just passing by on our walks with Maggie, a real comfortable bench was needed to stop and enjoy.

This type of bench is an Aldo Leopold design, elegant and easy, good for sitting to hand water or to set against a tree. It's just a one day thing so we are wanting to build a safe bridge for walking and picture taking, but don't want to break the bank. You could also use Olympic Maximum clear coat sealer( blue can) You could also use something a bit better like Helmsman spar urethane, by Minwax which is an exterior varnish. Because of your simple and easy to follow instructions I was able to complete this task in a little over a day. It was planned (and built accordingly) to be somewhat temporary, but my father-in-law has kept it up ever since the wedding.
The supplies for the bridge, with 4 sets of posts and rope cost under $100 (that makes my labor worth about 5 cents an hour. Alternatively, you can scroll down the page to get to see all photos related to Japanese garden bridge plans with simple railing above, click the one you like and you'll be able to see it in full resolution. If some of you happen to be unhappy with us for uploading the image on our blog, do remind us through our contact page. We will be more than happy to give proper credit to righteous authors or remove the image instead, if you want so.
I also used a product commonly called bitchathane or something like that which is a rubberized sticky thin membrane which I put on the tops of the stringers before screwing down the treads. This is supposed to act as a gasket between the treads and the stringers and adheres to the screws to help stop water damage. I am in the process of re-doing my Japanese Garden, the former owners of my house took the original bridge and for years had no bridge until I seen your web site and instructions. It is the most expensive at about 80.00 per gallon but is environmentally safe and great for redwood. My Japanese garden looked so bare, Now with the bridge next to my pond, it looks more complete. I found pressure treated fancy turned deck posts at Home Depot and drilled 2" holes in the tops and halfway down for railings. I never would have been able to do this without the inspiration and picture that you provided on your website.
I really did worry about pulling you away from work, but you were so kind about sharing your knowledge that it did put me at ease. I have included a few pictures for you from a series of pictures that I did all along through the building process.

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