Who knew that there were so many kinds of toothpicks available?? Besides using them for applying paint and glue, the decorative cocktail varieties make great handles and details for mini items. I just found perfectly squared off ones that are exactly the size of chair spindles. (By the way, I've found the best way to cut them is to roll them back and forth under the blade of a craft knife... nice rounded cut.)
See the little box below? Those twisty corners are the ends of fancy toothpicks (already carved). They did a great job serving as the joint for each of the side panels and covered any of my messy cutting. See the carved handle? Toothpick. The small points holding up the handle? Toothpick! What else could you do with them?