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Tips For Building Toothpick Bridges

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How to Build a Toothpick Bridge

So, for one reason or another, you're here to learn how to build a toothpick bridge.  The process is pretty simple, but you must do it correctly!!  Many people will attempt to do it with no understanding of how they need to make it, and this will result in a flimsy bridge.  So, here are some basic tips. 

Build a Support Structure

There are many possible designs for a bridge, but this kind of bridge is one of the most sturdy. The continually subdivided reinforcement pieces divide the weight more evenly, and that allows for a more stable bridge.  Also, make sure to use a group of toothpicks stuck togeteher.  if you only use a single toothpick for each support beam, it won't hold up very well.

From http://www.toothpickdesign.com

From http://www.toothpickdesign.com

Basic Tips

  1. Plan before you build. Don't haphazardly start throwing toothpicks together. Instead have a diagram of how you want it to look beforehand.
  2. Know your limits. Most of the time you'll be given a limited number of toothpicks. You have to make sure you don't run out of them along the way. Plan out how many toothpicks will be used in each place.
  3. Don't be afraid to be creative! SOMETHING will go wrong when you build your toothpick bridge. You'll have to improvise often if you want to succeed.
  4. Wet glue is not sticky enough!! Wait till the first layer of glue is dry before continuing to add on to your bridge
  5. The spacing between the intersections of toothpicks greatly affects the strength of your toothpick bridge. Build it as uniform and thick as possible.
  6. Make sure your toothpick isn't too brittle. Bent it a little to make sure it doesn't snap instantly.
  7. Elmer's glue is pretty inferior for this. If you have the ability to bring better glue, you definately should.
  8. You should know when the maximum weight is reached. The bridge will start to bend before it breaks. When bending begins, you should avoid putting on any more weight, as that will likely cause it to snap.

These tips should definitely do a lot of good, and give you a leg up if you're in any sort of competition.

Amazing Toothpick Bridges

Comments

The One of Two Hubs I Visit Daily on October 09, 2019:

thank you very cool

jack on October 18, 2016:

thanks alot

mrs. burnnett on November 10, 2014:

HOT DAMN THAT'S A HOT BRIDGE

tacobell on November 06, 2014:

good for you no one cares lmao

Pickles are yummy on October 22, 2014:

I am bob and I like pickles

yutyf on June 24, 2014:

good

yuffyyf on June 24, 2014:

good

over 9000 on May 13, 2014:

my toothpick level is over 9000..................................... btw i been working for over 189 hours on my toothpick pencil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

goku on May 13, 2014:

KAMEHAMEHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jakiechan on May 13, 2014:

i heart bridges

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Tristian on February 26, 2014:

just f..k allready

Adrian on February 26, 2014:

just kidding it helped a lot thank you for this info

Adrian on February 26, 2014:

accualy it was not that helpful.

Adrian on February 26, 2014:

this was the most helpful thing ever

Lol help me I suk at geometry on February 23, 2014:

Omg it helped a lot... But I need it. To be able to hold 4 x my wheight soo is there any chance anyone could give me some tips?

BUTT on October 30, 2013:

HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Richard on September 17, 2013:

hi this is cool

Confused on May 14, 2013:

Does anybody know how to spell or use proper english grammar on this page? I am Confused with all of this stupidity.

lil utg on September 11, 2012:

no good

cool girl on September 10, 2012:

really didn't help me

kenzies on May 21, 2012:

This is not good tips at all

kenzies on May 21, 2012:

Well I think that this person is a showoff and I aks for a strusture

cody argo on May 01, 2012:

stupid

r.v rohith kumar on April 24, 2012:

I SAW THIS ,BUT IT IS NOT CLEAR. SHOW THIS STEP BY STEP NEXT TIME.THANK YOU.

fuck me... on February 23, 2012:

lol

ahhahahahhah ahhahaha

mu on January 10, 2012:

what else to do

sha'myha on November 16, 2011:

hay grul

kmc on October 03, 2011:

helped a lot thanks

I love you madison ;) on September 15, 2011:

marry me madison!

madison!!! on September 15, 2011:

not helpful

chick chick 33 on May 16, 2011:

It didn't work!!!! jk it did thnx :p Xd

vanesss on May 04, 2011:

tnxs

shanae on April 14, 2011:

i don't know what to write!(:

JakE FredricksoN on April 08, 2011:

me n my partner need to make a bridge from toothpicks for maths.....thx for the tips....i'll try out the tips i hope it will work!!

sk8r gurl on April 07, 2011:

Ello!!! >.<

me and my parter has 2 make a bridge 4 science class. i'm going to try out the tips. i will let you know how much weight it will hold!!! XD

Alex Davis on February 22, 2011:

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Austin Bryant on October 28, 2010:

I love COWS

me man on October 28, 2010:

SHUT UP BOB

Bob the buider on October 28, 2010:

that is so cool but i can fix it

peter on October 28, 2010:

i love cows

me on October 28, 2010:

that was so cool it helped a lot

me on October 20, 2010:

hello

toothpick diva on September 30, 2010:

ok me and my parteners are building a toothpick bridge for our science class and i got on this website 2 look 4 some tips. so far theese tips are working and they are great tips so if you have 2 build a toothpick bridge you really need 2 use these tips they work really wll so i will let you know how much weight ours will hold after mon.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dddoooooogggzz on September 27, 2010:

its me again, well i started the bridge and so far the tips are workin so these are great tips, if you haven't used them you really should they work ..... i havnt tested it yet cause it isn't realy ready yet so ill let you know about the testin part , you realy need 2 use these tips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dddoooooogggzz on September 27, 2010:

lol we have 2 do this and these tips sound good, now lets see if they realy work, ill let you know if they do!!!!!!!!

^.^ on August 19, 2010:

Thx a lot u rlly helped! AWAY TO GO bULID A BRIDGE!

Ebony on June 22, 2010:

Thanks for the tips. Took 1 day

mikalulu on May 12, 2010:

what.....idontget anything? >< lol. the [||_(crayon)_||]>

Han on May 04, 2010:

thanks

hi on May 03, 2010:

fagets

kimberly~huff on April 24, 2010:

thank you for the tips hope it works!?

whitt on April 19, 2010:

good job

NO. on April 14, 2010:

wow what an awesome face you have.

i wanna bagel right now.

mmmm.

FREDWARDO on March 10, 2010:

NICE.COOL BRIDGE

RAWR on February 03, 2010:

GRRRR

Tina and lindzey on February 03, 2010:

THX A lot

you don't need to know on January 25, 2010:

i don't get it

caods on January 20, 2010:

awsome it hellped me a ton

Yo-Yo on January 20, 2010:

Thanx ;)

school work on December 13, 2009:

thanks for the tips! so much help!

Amy on December 06, 2009:

ahhhhh!!! ;)

Amy on December 06, 2009:

ahhhhh!!! ;)

Ian on December 01, 2009:

Omg so amazing

Matthew Mullins on December 01, 2009:

I like this bridge because im not straight.

Dorito diva on October 18, 2009:

Wow! Thanks a million!

taylor on June 01, 2009:

you did good

WHOA on January 18, 2009:

that helped so much!