Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 4
   March 2013
 
   From the Archive
 

Excerpt from Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart, 1921.

Simple wooden gluts
Gluts (Fig. 42) are simply wooden wedges. The best woods for them are dogwood and hornbeam or ironwood, as they are very hard and tough, even when green; but use whatever is handy. Chop a sapling of suitable thickness, and make one end wedged-shaped; then cut it off square at the top; and so continue until you have all the gluts you want. It takes no mean skill to chop a glut to a true wedge shape, and much depends upon getting the angles and surfaces correctly proportioned. A novice is apt to make a glut too short and thick, but it must not be quite so slender as a steel wedge, for it would splinter too readily.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1920. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.
 
     
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