So I’m doing some thinking about the physics of woodworking and stumbled on the idea of the wedge and its important uses in woodworking. So far I’ve come up with the list below, which I’m sure is just the tip of the iceberg, and was wondering what ideas/uses the rest of the community could come up with. If you use wedges in your woodworking in a way other than what I’ve listed here, please reply and tell us how you do.
• Tusk tenons
• Foxtail tenons
• Wedged Tenons- tool handles
• Holding a Nonparallel workpiece in a vice
• Glue Up Clamping
•Leveling/plumbing- Shimming door jambs, cabinets, etc
• Felling Wedge
• Log Splitting
• Froe Work
• Ax Work
• Holding a saw kerf open
• Shooting Board
• Wooden planes and side escapement planes.
• Riving Brake
INCLINE PLANES (Not wedges, but wedge-like)
• Tool guides (eg. A 45 degree guide for paring miters with plane or chisel)
Just thought of another: Planing wedge. I can think of 2 versions, 1) the type that is clamped to the bench top and allows you to plane/joint the edges of a workpiece 2) the kind mounted to the front edge of the workbench with the workpiece supported from below by an adjustable ledge.