Now that everything is dry, I began glueing the bents in place. Make sure you have a square on hand to keep the bents straight vertically.
I wrote a couple articles on the girder build so I won’t go into detail building, however, you can read more about the build here. When I completed the girder, I began building both supporting bents. You will notice that the last bent in the above photos was not secured to the deck yet. I found it much easier to connect the three bents together on the workbench.
In the original drawing above I had one support for the girder. After some research, I decided to add an additional support and I really like the look of the second one.
The girder is then held in place so I could get the proper measurements for the supporting bents. They are build and glued together and I use pre-stained stripwood as spacers. Then I glue these to the large bent, let them dry and then set in place.
Now that the basic structure for the short approach is complete and dry, I can add the struts. These are the horizontal boards that help tie the bents together. I cut the stripwood, pre drill holes for NBW details, then glue in place. When dry, I will stain them and add the remaining NBW details and paint as I did with the bents.
Now, it may look complicated, however, once you get basic idea of the components involved, the structure goes together pretty quick.
Taking a break from the trestle bents, I turn my attention to the long deck and girder. I built the long approach, adde rail then added the ties to the girder and spiked the rail to tie them together. Then this is complete, I can set it in place and begin measuring the remaining bents.