Toothpick Arch Bridge

By on January 29, 2009 -- Modified on October 4, 2016

I just completed a new toothpick bridge that’s quite different than my last one. It’s an arch made from curved trusses, formed once again with toothpicks and wood glue. This one won’t be tested either (sorry!) because it was made for a friend who creates custom action figure dioramas. But I designed the bridge to have the highest ratio of maximum load to bridge weight and some ad hoc tests made me pretty optimistic.

The bridge is 24 inches long, 4.5 inches wide and 2.75 inches tall at the top of the arch.

I feel like I cheated a bit because I used split bamboo skewers to connect the two curved trusses. I wasn’t really following any rules, but if I had more time I would have liked to do all of the crossbars and supports out of toothpicks. There are more pictures from different angles on my photostream, at

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  1. Good Job!

    By T-Rob -- February 21, 2012

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