I use a lot of “found” wood, it usually has to be split into smaller pieces to work with. One of the main tools I will need is the wood wedge. Starting with a bow saw and a hatchet, I cut some trees where Ms. Charming and I are clearing out around our garden. A couple of these were dogwoods. Dogwood is easily cut with a sharp axe when “green”, but when it is dry, it is extremely tough and difficult to work with edge tools. This toughness really make it good wedge material.
The the trunks were cut into short lengths and both ends were sharpened using an axe.
After sharpening the ends, the bow saw was used to cut the sections in half.
The tops were then beveled to help prevent splitting.
Dogwood wedges work really well and are a great substitute for iron wedges. Since they can be made from free wood, the only cost is the time to make them. In additon to being inexpensive, they are light weight and easy to carry. Pounding them in with a wood mallet or maul is much quieter than with iron wedges and a sledge hammer, and there’s just something intensely satisfying about the process.
Always be sure and use good technique when working, and always use proper safety equipment.
-Atlanta Lumber Guy
-- Reid, Georgia, www.coferadams.com