Dogwood wedges - an alternative to steel wedges

Old 04-03-11, 10:42 AM
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Dogwood wedges - an alternative to steel wedges

I am starting to set up shop again. I use a lot of "found" wood, it usually has to be split into smaller pieces to work with.

I have recently made some wedges from dogwood, it is a great alternative to expensive steel wedges. Dogwood is easily shaped with a sharp axe when "green", but is extremely tough to work, once it has been dried. This toughness really make it good wedge material.

Now I need a good wood mallet, or "maul".

Here is a piece of hickory being split with one of the dogwood wedges:

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And, wood wedges will not kill you chain if you accidentally touch them with the saw.
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Yeah, I use wooden wedges when using my bow saw for a pinch-free cut. Just get the chain started and once you are in a few inches, throw a wedge behind it and keep cutting. I'll have to try dogwood, though. I have a few that need thinning out.

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