For how small wooden wedges are, it’s surprisingly tricky to find an efficient way to cut them.
Especially if you need several for a project with wedged joinery.
But the bandsaw wedge-cutting tip below will blow your mind…
And have you turning out a limitless amount of wedges faster than a lumberjack overdosing on maple syrup.
Here’s how it works.
1. PREPARE YOUR STOCK
Mill an offcut to a thickness that matches the width of the wedge you’re after.
It’s important that the piece is longer along the END GRAIN than long grain (which is why offcuts work well).
You might have to use a hand plane to get it to the right thickness.
The offcut’s width from end grain edge to end grain edge will equal the length of your wedges.
2. SET UP YOUR BANDSAW MITER GAUGE
Set the miter gauge on your bandsaw to around 5° off 90°. It doesn’t really matter which direction.
To make the process easier, I recommend attaching a sacrificial auxiliary fence to the face of the miter gauge.
It'll help with stability in the next step.
3. LINE UP, CUT, FLIP REPEAT
With the piece of stock flush against the miter gauge fence, cut off one end.
Now flip the piece over (over width, not length) and start cutting wedges.
Depending on which way the board is angled, you’ll either want to start with the blade right at the corner of the board or slightly offset to match the width of the end of the wedge.
You can just eyeball it. But consider where the blade will exit.
4. SAND SMOOTH
Use some double stick tape or CA glue to attach a piece of sandpaper to a flat surface (any grit 120 and above should be fine).
Then rub the faces of the wedges over the sandpaper until they’re smooth and feather off to a fine point.
Just like that, you’ve got all the wedges you need for your project — and then some.
Want to see me cut a double-wedged mortise and tenon joint? Watch this.