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#1 Toolpartzman OFFLINE  

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 06:20 AM

I was unaware of the great hobbies folks have. so, I thought I'd share making garden bridges for those woodworkers. I've made about 80 of these before the GT bug bit. They are much easier than they look and they sure make momma happy.
The "low" mower bridge has 4 , 10ft arches, 2- cedar and 2 cypress. The rest have a 3rd 1/2 wide for center nailer. Picture for home pg 002.jpg
All arched rails are cold-pressed cedar laminated.-8ft across the arch. I rip a 2x8 into 9/16 strips. keeping them in order. Then glue them back together with Gorilla Glue (No other has worked sucessfully over time)Picture for home pg 003.jpg Using an air press I built, I clamp them into the arch for 24 hrs, plane off the squeeze out, and the lams are virtually undetectable.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 06:34 AM

Nice looking little bridge,thanks for the photos.
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Posted February 01, 2012 - 06:37 AM

Those are great, Lee. Neat way to build them. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted February 01, 2012 - 06:38 AM

Thanks Maynard. Happy to help you when you're ready for one.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 06:42 AM

Thanks Kenny. I've made various styles and sizes and everyone-even the kids, love 'em. They are guaranteed to get anybody out of hot water with the Mrs.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 06:47 AM

Very nice bridges you made , do you have any pictures of how you clamped the arch ? Al

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 07:06 AM

No I don't but I'll get it out and take some if you like. The whole key to success is the clamp. Its an air cylinder to push parts in position and then held with std woodworkers' screw clamps overnight. It pushes about 1000lbs of force so the rebound is nil. I can make 2 at a time if I had identical clamps for both the front and back. Unless all clamps are the same and positioned the same, the 2 pieces won't be a mirror image of the other.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 07:28 AM

I'm pretty lame about uploading but here are some additional pics of parts and a couple of other styles-I think.
If this works-1 custom bridge, had to be built on site and parts for 1 I shipped to a friend. Last is the 10x4 for riding mower access.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 07:44 AM

Very nice bridges you made , do you have any pictures of how you clamped the arch ? Al

Yeah Al, I should have thought of that earlier. Once daylight comes I'll take pics of it. Anyone could fab one and it sure makes things easy. I haven't built any bridges in the last couple of years so its out behind the shop---Lee

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 08:32 AM

Thanks , I'll be looking foreward to seeing them , I better not let my wife see the bridges you built or that will be next on my long honey-do list , Al

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 09:03 AM

Those are nice bridges.
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Posted February 01, 2012 - 09:08 AM

:ditto:
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Posted February 01, 2012 - 09:08 AM

That's some nice work! and I love to work with Cedar The Western REd seems to be the easiest to get around Des Moines. I've made some nice picture frames from Western Red decking.
I'm very interested in seeing how you do the glue up on the arches. The wife has been after me to build some arbors for her roses. And laminated arches would look good and be a fun project.
And I have a ditch running through my property with about 1 1/2 acres on the east side that I keep mowed like a lawn. I do have a driveway on the south end but the culvert is washing out. I'll fix that but would like to build a bridge on the north end, so I can get my GT across up there. There is an old well over there and I'd like to get it into production to water my Garden, so I'm not ecalating my water bill from the county's supply.
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Posted February 01, 2012 - 09:28 AM

JD. The wide, low bridge I designed to carry 1500 lbs-riding mower and driver and the short rails to clear a deck. Thats the reason they have 4 full-width spans instead of just 2 with a center nailer.

I'm headed to the store and right back. Then I'll drag out the jig for pics.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 11:46 AM

A masseuse table I bought at auction. My 1st vertical. I had orders coming 5 at a time= need lots of space-Wheels from a lawn mower. The stop forms (for front and rear) are 1/4 x 2 flat.

I'm grateful for your interest, so I ran to Lowes for a 2x8-8 to show it "in action". My cedar guy is 70 miles so its got to be SY pine.

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