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DIY Frequently Asked Questions / Splitting Wedge')">
Tool used to finish splitting wood when struck with splitting maul after a starting notch is made.
- Made of steel, aluminum and plastic.
- Steel wedges are forged from a solid piece of high-carbon steel and may be heat-treated.
- Aluminum and plastic wedges are designed primarily for use with chain saws and crosscut saws to hold the kerf apart to prevent binding.
- Wedges should be struck with a sledge or woodchopper’s maul having a larger striking face than the head of the wedge.
- Never strike the steel wedge with the cutting edge of the maul.