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.

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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.

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.

By Benton Jackson (not verified) on 23 Jan 2010 #permalink