Tips For Building Toothpick Bridges

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

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Comments 66 comments

WHOA 7 years ago

that helped so much!


taylor 7 years ago

you did good


Dorito diva 6 years ago

Wow! Thanks a million!


Matthew Mullins 6 years ago

I like this bridge because im not straight.


Ian 6 years ago

Omg so amazing


Amy 6 years ago

ahhhhh!!! ;)


Amy 6 years ago

ahhhhh!!! ;)


school work  6 years ago

thanks for the tips! so much help!


Yo-Yo 6 years ago

Thanx ;)


caods 6 years ago

awsome it hellped me a ton


you don't need to know 6 years ago

i don't get it


Tina and lindzey 6 years ago

THX A lot


RAWR 6 years ago

GRRRR


FREDWARDO 6 years ago

NICE.COOL BRIDGE


NO. 6 years ago

wow what an awesome face you have.

i wanna bagel right now.

mmmm.


whitt 6 years ago

good job


kimberly~huff 6 years ago

thank you for the tips hope it works!?


hi 6 years ago

fagets


Han 6 years ago

thanks


mikalulu 6 years ago

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


Ebony  6 years ago

Thanks for the tips. Took 1 day


^.^ 6 years ago

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


dddoooooogggzz 6 years ago

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!!!!!!!!


dddoooooogggzz 6 years ago

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


toothpick diva 6 years ago

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.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


me 5 years ago

hello


me  5 years ago

that was so cool it helped a lot


peter 5 years ago

i love cows


Bob the buider 5 years ago

that is so cool but i can fix it


me man 5 years ago

SHUT UP BOB


Austin Bryant 5 years ago

I love COWS


Alex Davis 5 years ago

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sk8r gurl 5 years ago

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


JakE FredricksoN 5 years ago

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!!


shanae 5 years ago

i don't know what to write!(:


vanesss 5 years ago

tnxs


chick chick 33 5 years ago

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


madison!!! 5 years ago

not helpful


I love you madison ;) 5 years ago

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kmc 4 years ago

helped a lot thanks


sha'myha 4 years ago

hay grul


mu 4 years ago

what else to do


fuck me... 4 years ago

lol

ahhahahahhah ahhahaha


r.v rohith kumar 4 years ago

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


cody argo 4 years ago

stupid


kenzies 4 years ago

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


kenzies 4 years ago

This is not good tips at all


cool girl 4 years ago

really didn't help me


lil utg 4 years ago

no good


Confused 3 years ago

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


Richard 3 years ago

hi this is cool


BUTT 2 years ago

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


Lol help me I suk at geometry 2 years ago

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?


Adrian 2 years ago

this was the most helpful thing ever


Adrian 2 years ago

accualy it was not that helpful.


Adrian 2 years ago

just kidding it helped a lot thank you for this info


Tristian 2 years ago

just f..k already


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jakiechan 2 years ago

i heart bridges


goku 2 years ago

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


over 9000 2 years ago

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


yuffyyf 2 years ago

good


yutyf 2 years ago

good


Pickles are yummy 23 months ago

I am bob and I like pickles


tacobell 23 months ago

good for you no one cares lmao


mrs. burnnett 22 months ago

HOT DAMN THAT'S A HOT BRIDGE

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