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Old 02-03-2007, 11:51 PM
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I go threw about a half dozen of these little wedges a year because of abuse and carelessness. They come in handy for setting up iron when you have to move and hold it just a tad before tacking. I make them on a band saw out of 3/4 X 4" flat bar or 1/2" X 4" will work OK to. Just angle the flat bar on the saw so the big end is about 1/4" to 3/8" down to nothing on the small end. Then dress them on the bench grinder. You can also buy these wedges which are hardened but the way I loose things it wouldn't pay. The only thing you have to watch out for is DO NOT cut them with the small end headed toward the blade guide, the first time I made them the wedge followed the blade and broke the cast iron blade guide clean off the saw and I spent the next two hours repairing the saw.
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i have a pile of thoes in my tool box....thought i was the only one. great minds do think alike
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Old 02-04-2007, 01:05 PM
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The only way to make those better, is to find a chunk of AR400 to make them out of. I have a couple that are 1/2" stock X 1 3/4" X 10" and they sure are handy.
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it really is amazing how much force you can exert with one of thoes little buggers
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:13 PM
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I have made and used those too. I also use some steel wood splitting wedges if I need to move something farther than the thin wedges can.
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:19 PM
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You can also buy these wedges which are hardened but the way I loose things it wouldn't pay.
I would like to insert a note of caution here: If you use a hard wedge, like a chisel, it can fly out unexpectedly and cause serious personal injury. I have seen chisels fly clean outta sight and have a friend that lost 3 teeth to a chisel that popped out just when he leaned over it. Use soft steel. You may deform them from beating on them but they won't squeeze out to become sharp flying objects, destination unknown---
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:06 PM
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"I would like to insert a note of caution here: If you use a hard wedge, like a chisel, it can fly out unexpectedly and cause serious personal injury. I have seen chisels fly clean outta sight .........."


I can go along with the above. Once had a chisel go 15 feet, then through the shop door glass window, then 20 some feet out into the yard. Another time (slow learner, I guess) had a hardened wedge go flying. This one didn't go nearly as far. My head stopped it. Best non-Saturday Night shiner I ever had. No more hardened wedges for me. :-)
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Good tip!
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