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Garden Bridge Project

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How to build an Arched Garden Bridge
Page Contents
1: Introduction, navigation & wood sizes
2: The plans, parts and materials list
3: Making the laminated arch beam you are on this page
4: Cutting the laminated arch boards
5: Assembling the bridge frame
6: Adding the decking and the handrail
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Making the laminated arch beam

template for a curved beam for a garden bridge Step 1. Making the template for the arch

To make the arch template, 3 stakes will need to be hammered firmly into the ground and braced opposing the bending force.(see picture).
Space the stakes as per the dimensions shown in the accompanying picture.

The arch beams the are made by bending and gluing and screwing four lengths of 90mm x 19mm (3/4" x 3 1/2") treated pine together.
When the glue is dry (the next day) this newly made laminated arch beam can be ripped (cut) down the middle (lengthwise) to create two arch beams for the base of the bridge, one each side. (See Step 4 "cutting the arch boards")
The arch handrail is made the same way, using the same template.

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arched beam for the garden bridge Step 2. Making the laminated arch beam

Bend a piece of 90mm x 19mm (3/4" x 3 1/2") knot free board, 2400mm (8ft) long, between the arch template pegs. Bend a second board against the first, putting a generous amount of glue between the two boards.
Repeat this action until four boards are in place forming the arch.

Clamp the boards together and also screw along the arch approx every 300mm (12") with 50mm (2") stainless steel screws on both sides.

Ensure no screws are placed along the center line of the arch beam as this line is to be cut.