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Tips For Building Toothpick Bridges

Updated on January 8, 2009

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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      jack 

      2 years ago

      thanks alot

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      mrs. burnnett 

      4 years ago

      HOT DAMN THAT'S A HOT BRIDGE

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      tacobell 

      4 years ago

      good for you no one cares lmao

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      Pickles are yummy 

      4 years ago

      I am bob and I like pickles

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      yutyf 

      4 years ago

      good

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      yuffyyf 

      4 years ago

      good

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      over 9000 

      4 years ago

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

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      goku 

      4 years ago

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

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      jakiechan 

      4 years ago

      i heart bridges

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      Yu-gi-oh abridged 

      4 years ago

      sorry but the voice actor of Tristan tanner from yugioh abridged has some problems and he is still stuck on his acting roll. Yu-gi-oh abridged will not pay for any thing that might happen. we don't care!

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      Tristian 

      4 years ago

      just f..k allready

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      Adrian 

      4 years ago

      just kidding it helped a lot thank you for this info

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      Adrian 

      4 years ago

      accualy it was not that helpful.

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      Adrian 

      4 years ago

      this was the most helpful thing ever

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      Lol help me I suk at geometry 

      4 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?

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      BUTT 

      5 years ago

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

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      Richard 

      5 years ago

      hi this is cool

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      Confused 

      5 years ago

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

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      lil utg 

      6 years ago

      no good

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      cool girl 

      6 years ago

      really didn't help me

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      kenzies 

      6 years ago

      This is not good tips at all

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      kenzies 

      6 years ago

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

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      cody argo 

      6 years ago

      stupid

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      r.v rohith kumar 

      6 years ago

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

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      fuck me... 

      6 years ago

      lol

      ahhahahahhah ahhahaha

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      mu 

      6 years ago

      what else to do

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      sha'myha 

      7 years ago

      hay grul

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      kmc 

      7 years ago

      helped a lot thanks

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      I love you madison ;) 

      7 years ago

      marry me madison!

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      madison!!! 

      7 years ago

      not helpful

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      chick chick 33 

      7 years ago

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

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      vanesss 

      7 years ago

      tnxs

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      shanae 

      7 years ago

      i don't know what to write!(:

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      JakE FredricksoN 

      7 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!!

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      sk8r gurl 

      7 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

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      Alex Davis 

      7 years ago

      i love cows

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      Austin Bryant 

      8 years ago

      I love COWS

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      me man 

      8 years ago

      SHUT UP BOB

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      Bob the buider 

      8 years ago

      that is so cool but i can fix it

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      peter 

      8 years ago

      i love cows

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      me  

      8 years ago

      that was so cool it helped a lot

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      me 

      8 years ago

      hello

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      toothpick diva 

      8 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.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      dddoooooogggzz 

      8 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      dddoooooogggzz 

      8 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!!!!!!!!

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      ^.^ 

      8 years ago

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

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      Ebony  

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Took 1 day

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      mikalulu 

      8 years ago

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

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      Han 

      8 years ago

      thanks

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      hi 

      8 years ago

      fagets

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      kimberly~huff 

      8 years ago

      thank you for the tips hope it works!?

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      whitt 

      8 years ago

      good job

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      NO. 

      8 years ago

      wow what an awesome face you have.

      i wanna bagel right now.

      mmmm.

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      FREDWARDO 

      8 years ago

      NICE.COOL BRIDGE

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      RAWR 

      8 years ago

      GRRRR

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      Tina and lindzey 

      8 years ago

      THX A lot

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      you don't need to know 

      8 years ago

      i don't get it

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      caods 

      8 years ago

      awsome it hellped me a ton

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      Yo-Yo 

      8 years ago

      Thanx ;)

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      school work  

      8 years ago

      thanks for the tips! so much help!

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      Amy 

      8 years ago

      ahhhhh!!! ;)

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      Amy 

      8 years ago

      ahhhhh!!! ;)

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      Ian 

      8 years ago

      Omg so amazing

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      Matthew Mullins 

      8 years ago

      I like this bridge because im not straight.

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      Dorito diva 

      9 years ago

      Wow! Thanks a million!

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      taylor 

      9 years ago

      you did good

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      WHOA 

      9 years ago

      that helped so much!

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