well i have been working on this project for my architecture class for about 3 1/2 weeks now, and i finally turned it in tonight. The requirements were that we build a structure solely out of toothpicks and white glue. It must touch the table, base, ground, whatever, at 4 points, 12" apart. the points of contact could be no more than 1/8" in diameter, or 2x2 toothpicks. The structure had to be able to hold the weight of one Sweet's catalog, i know some of you will know what those are, but they are an Architecture, engineering, and contractors book. the book weighs about 10 pounds, and it had to be supported at least 12" off the table, at the lowest point. soo, my idea was to use a spaceframe type of construction because of the strength and because it is lightweight. this is what i came up with: It turned out petty good, but i wasnt sure about the strength of it becaseu of the top portion. I knew the legs themselves were ridiculously strong, but i thought the weakpoint was going to be the top. Well after i presented i got to test it. By the way they give us the option to test it until it breaks if we want, and thats what i wanted to do sooo here it is: so thats what it ended up holding. after that we couldnt find much else to put on there, since we dont have a full set of those books, after the cinder blocks, there wasnt a lot there. i could have put the three bricks on, but i didnt think about it, and it wouldnt have made any difference, that thing wasnt going anywhere. so ya i guess in pretty happy with the results. so far its the strongest one, the closest one only held 3 before it started to collapse. there is still a couple that are gonna be presented on Tues. but only 1 of them is gonna give me comp cause i know what he is doing and its good. so ya thats it.