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Testimonials from Those who Built their Own Bridges
with the Free Footbridge Plans

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Building a 16 x 5 foot bridge over a Pool for a Wedding
16 x 5 foot bridge over a pool for a wedding

Question submitted in May: "I stumbled on your website when I was doing a little wedding research. I get married this June and I'm wanting a bridge to be my "aisle" over a pool. My fiancÚ 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 pool is 26 feet long and we would want the bridge to be 5 feel wide. 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. Any advice? The main thing is wanting to make sure it can hold the weight(especially in the middle) for a few people on it at one time."

Response in July: "Here is the bridge we made for our wedding. It turned our beautiful! Thanks for your help." Kristan H. Malibu, California

Donations accepted for Bridge building advice and instructions

8 Foot Bridge Over a Creek
8 foot bridge build by Jeff over a creek Hi There, Thankyou for posting your free plans/instructions (which were by far the best I could find on the internet). With your help, I was able tospend some quality time with my five year old son working on a project this past spring. Using your plans (and some great ideas from your testimonials page) my son and I set out to work on making a footbrige for his mother. Making use of some lumber we had milled from an uprooted tree, we set to work on making this 8 foot long x 52 inch wide footbridge to span a small brook that runs through our property. The plans were easy to follow and well detailed. My son was able to help with all aspects of the project which we completed over a weekend at little cost. as you can see in his picture, he was very impressed with the was I! Jeff & Rhonda

Advice on Building a Custom Pergola

Here is the pic of my pergola. I really appreciated all your input! Roland, Teeds, Utah

8 foot garden bridge
Building a 10 foot Garden Bridge
Hi Rod, On behalf of my son and I, thank you again for giving so freely of your time and advice. We couldn't get the 2X4 rails to hold their bend but were very pleased nonetheless. The folks down at Parks were visibly moved by this Eagle project and the children at play couldn't wait to cross over. Have a good weekend! David, Boca Raton, Florida

Building a 14 foot Garden Bridge
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. 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. After that, I cut it out with a reciprocating jig saw and then just used the first one for each of the other three stringers. In my bridge there are four pressure treated stringers spaced fairly eqi-distant across just under 6 feet. I put stabalizer boards in between each stringer at various intervals. 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. Used 2" by 6" by 6 ft pressure treated planks for the treads. I found pressure treated fancy turned deck posts at Home Depot and drilled 2" holes in the tops and halfway down for railings. I cut saplings on my property and used them for rails. I never would have been able to do this without the inspiration and picture that you provided on your website. Thanks also for taking my phone call during business hours. 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. Sincerely, Carl R., Colorado
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12 foot bridge stringers 12 foot bridge frame 12 foot bridge finished

Building a 6 foot Footbridge
foot bridge testimony Rod, Thanks for all of your advice! My husband and our kids were all so surprised! At 57, who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks! Took me about 5 hours, though! Thanks, again! Diane

Garden Footbridge
foot bridge I am getting ready to build a footbridge. Quick question. I'm using redwood. We live in CO. Should I seal the wood and if so what do I use? Thank you so much for offering these plans to everyone. It's awesome. Ron M. Colorado

Rod answered: Thanks for your email and glad you found my website! I hope you have good success with your bridge! Yes, if you are using Redwood you should seal your bridge, especially since you live in Co. The basic minimum product to use would be something like Thompson's water seal. 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. I would use the semi gloss. This one is more expensive at about 45.00 per gallon or 15.00 per quart. The best product to use would be Rain forest wood sealer by Earthpaint, inc. It is the most expensive at about 80.00 per gallon but is environmentally safe and great for redwood. I would use the "clear" if you go with that. I hope this helps a little and if you have any other questions just drop me a note. Let me know how your bridge works out! Rod Bird

8 foot Garden Bridge with Copper Top
8 foot bridge with copper top You are the man! I found your website after looking all over the internet. Your easy to understand instructions enabled me to construct a beautiful 8 foot garden bridge to go with our newly landscaped yard. I used 3 2x12x8 treated bases, 5/4x6x4 treads, 4x4 copper top posts, and 2x2 rails. Because of your simple and easy to follow instructions I was able to complete this task in a little over a day. Hardest part was the arc on the bases, the rest was easy. hanks for your help! D. L. Greenville, SC

30 foot Bridge over a Creek with 4 Rails
28 foot bridge with 4 rails

Steve here again. Remember you were helping me with some advice on building a 30' bridge. Well, finished it a few weeks ago, and I think it turned out pretty well. I am pleased with it. I wanted to thank you again for your advice. Your generosity in helping me was awesome. Thanks again. Steve

18 foot Bridge over Swimming Pool with Rope Rails
8 foot bridge, rope rails, Hello - About a year ago, you helped me plan a bridge that I built for my wedding. Our one-year anniversary is just around the corner, and I wanted to send you a few pictures from our wonderful day. The bridge turned out fantastically! Lots and lots of compliments. It was planned (and built accordingly) to be somewhat temporary, but my father-in-law has kept it up ever since the wedding. Thank you for generously helping me out. My new wife and I really appreciate it! Dan Hochhalter, Nashville, TN.

8 foot Bridge with Rope Rails and Solar Lights
8 foot bridge, rope rails, Solar LightsI built the bridge using your instructions as a basis. It is 96" long and 47 3/4 wide. I flaired the arch by laying out 3 fixed points that I needed, then clamped a piece of 3/4 PVC to those 3 points allowing it to fair the curve. I built the framework in the shop during the week then built the bridge on Sat. The four solar lights on the corner posts light the bridge quite nicely. Thanks for giving me the starting point. David M. Germantown, MD

8 foot Bridge over a Koi Pond
8 foot bridge over a Koi pond 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. The bridge took me about 2 1/2 hours to build, and the materials, including lumber and screws was only $75.75. I built the 8 foot bridge out of treated 2x12x8 (2) and deck planking cut to a width of 30". The stingers are set to be 24" apart from side to side. I also put in three 2x6 cross braces, one in the middle, and one about 18" from each end. I am a big guy, and I was able to jump up and down on the completed bridge. I think it would be able to hold over 600 lbs, if not more. Thanks again, and your plans were easy to follow. Now that I have built one, I bet I could do it in a lot less time, in fact, my second stringer only took me a fraction of the time to make once I had struggled through the first one. I used a 10' x 1/2" piece of pvc to figure out the curve, very easy. Thanks again Rod, your plans ROCK! Mike Schroeder, Havana, IL

10 Foot Bridge Over a Creek
10 foot bridge over a creek I just wanted to say thank you for your plans and instructions on how to build a bridge. 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 built a 10 Ft. X 4 Ft. bridge out of pressure treated wood. Building this was a labor of love for my new born daughter. I can not wait till she can enjoy it. 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. My Japanese garden looked so bare, Now with the bridge next to my pond, it looks more complete. Thanks again, Rene,

8 Foot Rope Rail Bridge
8 foot rope rail bridge Thanks for the inspiration on how to build this simple bridge. I found all sorts of bridges on my internet search, and this was by far the simplest and prettiest! Everyone who has seen it thinks it is spectacular! Your 2 hour bridge instuctions took me 2 days, but I got it! 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. Ha!). My husband is mighty impressed! Thanks for making me a hero.
Jean C. College, Place, WA.

3 Foot Miniature Garden Bridge
3 foot miniature garden bridge
Thanks so much for all the tips and plans on building the garden bridge. I love to build things, but didn't know if I could tackle this project. But to my surprise. I DID IT! It is one of the coolest and prettiest in our nieghborhood. Thanks Again, Donna Moore

8 Foot Garden Bridge
8 foot redwood bridge with Posts and Rails Rod, I can't thank you enough for your support. Your tireless response to a first-timer questions and the level of detail was just incredible. 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. Thanks again. Albert, San Francisco, CA

Bridge Built from Free Footbridge Plans in Seattle

footbridge built over a fish pond Thank you very much for the fantastic bridge building instructions. My daughter and I purchased the materials on a Saturday morning and had the bridge finished in place on Sunday evening. I have attached pictures. I have added copper post tops since the pictures were taken. It looks great. Rod T. Seattle

Footbridge Between Two Decks Built from Free Footbridge Plans

footbridge built between two decks "Hey there Rod, well it's done, not an easy task for a first timer here, but I think this footbridge between my two decks will do just fine. I know one thing for sure the next time I build one I will put the posts on by sitting it up on the side. It was built right in the spot where I wanted it so I did not have the room to lift it on its side. Boy that was a pain! But it worked out with plenty of patience. Thanks so very much again for your free footbridge directions. Ole Oregon Boy George."

Garden Bridge Built from Free Footbridge Plans in Czech Republic

bridge built from free plans in Czech Republic "Dear Mr, Bird, I'm sending you photo of garden bridge, which I alone did produce along with your directions from your free garden bridge plans page. Thanks for plans and directions on this bridge. Wish much health. Snaidauf, Czech Republic"

Garden Bridge Built from Free Footbridge Plans

Matthews Foot Bridge "Thank you for the Free Garden Bridge Plans! I fear to think how it would have turned out had I not had your instructions at How to Build a Foot Bridge. I used the "tack and string"approach. Even so, I was still worried about the "carpenters pencil" width between each floor plank not coming out exactly right which might require cutting a plank lengthwise or using a couple of 2x6s along with my 2x4s. But it came out just perfect. I used pressure treated wood instead of cedar and added a few 2x4s "side to side studs" to give the bridge a place to attach to the 4x4s which I had protruding from a concrete landing. Attached is a picture. Thanks again. Regards, Matthew"
"Thank you for posting your instructions and photographs of simple arch bridges on the internet. i want to build one for my children in our large yard and needed some basic instructions and photos - your website was wonderful! thank you for the free service and for sharing your talents with us. God bless you." K. Smith