Ran into a glitch today when I went to test the wood samples for strength and failure. I made a test stand to support the various sticks and suspended a 5.5 gallon bucket from the centers and poured sand into the bucket expecting the sticks to fail and crack. 70 lbs of sand and even the solid 3/4 x 3/4 didn't fail. it barely even deflected. so now what? I have to find more dense weights like lead ingots or dumbbells and then fill the rest of the bucket with sand. I have no idea how much weight it will take. I just hope I can get enough weight suspended from the sample sticks to make them fail. I'll sort it out and post my findings. what if the metal handle on the bucket fails before the sticks? hmmmmmm.