Bricks cut and rubbed to the exact shapes required, in order to get very fine joints, are frequently used in the "dressings" of brickwork, such as arches, quoins, etc.; this is termed "gauged work."

Peculiar bricks, such as "red rubbers," "malm-cutters," etc., are made for the purpose, being softer, and easier to rub, but they are consequently more perishable than ordinary good bricks.

Gauged work is generally set in "putty,"1 and the joints do not exceed 1/10 to 1/8 inch in thickness.