This science ClipArt gallery offers 14 illustrations of a simple machine, wedges. Wedges are portable inclined planes thats purpose is to strike the blunt end, and converts that force into forces perpendicular to its length. They are used to split object, or hold an object in place.

A tool with an arching blade for chipping.

Adz

A tool with an arching blade for chipping.

"The jumper chisel." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Chisel

"The jumper chisel." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"The mason's chisel." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Chisel

"The mason's chisel." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

A wedge shaped piece of wood or iron used as a wedge for fastening or tightening.

Cotter

A wedge shaped piece of wood or iron used as a wedge for fastening or tightening.

"Two wedges have been placed toward one another underneath the weight. Equal force is applied to each wedge which raises the weight." —Quackenbos 1859

Double Wedge

"Two wedges have been placed toward one another underneath the weight. Equal force is applied to each…

A wedge is a moveable inclined plane that is used to move heavy materials short distances as shown in the image.

Simple Machine

A wedge is a moveable inclined plane that is used to move heavy materials short distances as shown in…

"This wedge has the shape of two inclined planes. Its primary function is splitting or rending objects that it is pressed into. The longer the wedge, the more effective it is." —Quackenbos 1859

Splitting Wedge

"This wedge has the shape of two inclined planes. Its primary function is splitting or rending objects…

"The next simple mechanical power is the wedge. This instrument may be considered as two inclined planes, placed base to base." -Comstock 1850

Wedge

"The next simple mechanical power is the wedge. This instrument may be considered as two inclined planes,…

"A wedge is a triangular prism of hard material, fitted to be driven between objects that are to be separated, or into anything that is to be split." -Avery 1895

Wedge

"A wedge is a triangular prism of hard material, fitted to be driven between objects that are to be…

"[A wedge] is simply a movable inclined plane, or two such planes united a their bases." -Avery 1895

Wedge Splitting Wood

"[A wedge] is simply a movable inclined plane, or two such planes united a their bases." -Avery 1895

"The wedge is a movable inclined plane, and is used for moving a great weight a short distance. A common method is shown here." —Hallock 1905

Wedge

"The wedge is a movable inclined plane, and is used for moving a great weight a short distance. A common…

"This wedge is a movable inclined plane. Allows for raising great weights a short distance." —Quackenbos 1859

Inclined Plane Wedge

"This wedge is a movable inclined plane. Allows for raising great weights a short distance." —Quackenbos…

An illustration of a wedge made of oak. A wedge is a tool used to separate two objects or portions of an object, lift an object, or hold an object in place.

Wedge

An illustration of a wedge made of oak. A wedge is a tool used to separate two objects or portions of…

"The wedge axe (which was one of the first American improvements in edge tools introduced into Europe)." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Wedge Axe

"The wedge axe (which was one of the first American improvements in edge tools introduced into Europe)."…