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    Made this bridge today

    I needed to connect my west woods trails to my east woods trails so I built this this afternoon using a living tree that had fallen over a long time ago. I slightly flattened the top of the log to attach boards.

    Pretty happy with what I got done.
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    I forgot to take a before, but here it is shortly after I started.
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    Nice work! I like the little bump in there, keep it spicy.

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    So let's say in 2 years you come blasting across it and the tree gives way because it has been the main course for a million termites. Do you get cell phone service down in that creek bed?

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    Nicely done!

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    Thanks rustpuddle and sparkman. Schutze-The tree is still living, just laid over. Fresh spring leaves are popping out now.

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    ok, then that's pretty neat. A self repairing bridge!

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    Any questions?
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    Boards seem thin, using pressure treated?

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    Salvaged pallet decking?

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    How did you fasten the boards? Since they are cantilevered a bit they may want to work loose, hopefully not split. If you predrilled 3/8" holes and used 1/4" timberscrews you the man!
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    Yes to pallet scraps. Attached with good spiral nails. Might come back with screws if they get loose. My wife and I walk it often too so it gets inspected in between rides. Going to load up some other stuff I'm working on.

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    Other trail work on my edge of swamp loop. Going to double up the width of the ripped log bridge but I forgot the chain saw file that day and stopped ripping once it got dull. Gotta go back and finish that one.
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    Very cool! how did you flatten the top of the log for the bridge in the first pic?

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    Thanks. I did it like you would hew a log into a beam. Cross chopped notches to the depth necessary then split them off. Was harder doing it on the top than on the sides like normal when juggling/hewing.

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