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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. With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. Western Wood Structures designs and supplies pedestrian timber bridges for golf courses, parks, municipalities, equestrian trails, and forest service use.
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.


We use the highest quality Glulam timber, and all wood members are pressure-treated after fabrication, providing a comprehensive treatment envelope.
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. Our wooden bridge packages include detailed fabrication and assembly drawings that enable even inexperienced field personnel to easily install a typical pedestrian timber bridge. If you prefer, you can rely on our experienced Field Services Department, or we can supply a superintendent to consult on the installation. 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. 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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