Initial Thoughts on a Suspension Bridge

By on May 22, 2006 -- Modified on December 8, 2017

I have become enamored with the idea of building a suspension bridge. I am not exactly sure why, and I also need to finish my toothpick bridge. However, I have begun thinking about how I would go about it.

A suspension bridge would be the most difficult challenge so far for me. I am thinking as far as the actual construction. I have begun researching the design principles behind suspension bridges, and they are pretty neat. I have decided to build one that has a center span of about 2 feet. I need to figure out how to anchor the ends.

I want this suspension bridge to be able to hold 50 pounds without breaking. I haven’t decided what material to use for the cables yet, though I am leaning towards fishing line. I will be posting more about this as I progress.

On a side note, I renewed my business license today.

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3 thoughts on “Initial Thoughts on a Suspension Bridge”

  1. i was thinking, those joinery in that bridge does not look good. all u did was glue the egde of the wood to the bottom beams. I think you should build that with the middle beams cut to fit inside the. I’m building a bridge in school for engineering class. it’s made out of 1/4 x 1/4 inch balsa wood. 18.5inch-19.5inch long. what was ur results for this bridge design?

    By matt -- October 28, 2010
    • Matt, Lap Joints, which are what I used in this bridge, are super solid. Check my Bridge Joints page for more details.

      By Garrett Boon -- October 31, 2010
  2. hello sir…!!
    i too, am required to make a suspension bridge out of Popsicle sticks.can you give me some suggestions on how do i proceed..??its for an event called techfest, held at IIT Bombay, India.You can refer the site for more details.eagerly waiting for your reply.plz reply on my mail ID.thank you

    By abhik -- December 20, 2009

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