My dad used to have these iron chisels, about 3" in diameter at the top,
coming down to about12" long. Wedges, I think they were called. Does
anyone have any idea of where I could find some of these today? I am a
woman woodworker, mainly toys, small tables, crafts, etc. But I do like
to use old weathered wood for my birdhouses, signs, etc. I just have
some logs to split up also. Help anyone?
Try Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, TSC or your local Farm Supply store for
standard splitting wedges. I picked up a set at Wal-Mart for about $5 each
( you will need at least 2). You will also need a sledge hammer or maul to
drive then with. They are used mainly to split fire wood and are not
precision tools by any stretch of the imagination. They are not easy tools
to use for most people and some woods are very hard to split with them even
for an experienced man in good shape. There are electric, hydraulic and air
powered units that are much easier to use but are costly ($300 and up to a
few thousand$). You might want to look at a froe if you are wanting to make
thin boards instead of a wedge, much easer to use and much more precision
tool. It will probably give you the results you want with a lot less labor.
Probably most any farm supply store will have Tractor Supply Co, Farm &
Fleet, Fleet & Farm, etc.
Northern Tool & Equipment lists three sizes in their catalog from $5.99
to $7.99 - Forged Steel Log Splitting Wedges
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