Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

How it’s Made: Toothpicks

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This video follows a majestic birch log as it goes through the process of being made into millions of itty bitty toothpicks.


  1. #1 Dave Munger
    January 23, 2010

    That’s cool, but I still don’t understand how the toothpicks get pointy. Seems like this system would generate rectangular prisms, not pointed toothpicks.

  2. #2 Benton Jackson
    January 23, 2010

    Something to do with the tumbling polishing process I should think. I can see how that would make them round, but apparently that sharpens them too.

    Either that or little elves take each one and put it on an itty bitty lathe.