So what did Joe build?
Posted by joeabbott on April 3, 2011
Yesterday I posted a picture of a bunch of lumber and hinted at a project in the works. The keen eye would note there was a lot of pressure treated fir in that pile and that would mean some sort of landscape project. Well, here it is: an arched bridge!
I’m not sure why I wanted to build a bridge but we were going to build a path across the back yard in Chickenville, so I wanted to add a little character. There’s only so much meandering and turns you can put into 50’, and our yard would dictate the ups and downs; but there didn’t seem to be enough eye appeal.
When I hit on a small bridge, I just cleaved to that idea! It was small enough to do in a day, it would add character, and I had no clue how to build one so I’d learn something! The added benefit is that we have a niece and nephew who love to run around the back yard and this would be a grand treat for them.
So, Suzy and I dickered on the size (6’? 10’? … it ended up 8’ long) and on the location. In the end it turned out to be a perfect spot but it’s not done by a long shot. I need to deal with the entry and exit, I’m concerned about the support on the down-slope side, and I’d like to make sure it’s not slick when wet … we opted against having a handrail.
Anyhow, I’ve loaded a bunch of pictures on Flickr but here are a few from the day: