Cutting complex curves in granite tile

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Old 11-16-02, 10:05 PM
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Cutting complex curves in granite tile

Boy, I think I'm in for it!

We are installing a granite countertop and one of the sections of the countertop is circular.

We are using 12" granite tiles.

I have measured and marked about 9-10 pieces of tile that I need to cut in irregular shapes, but am having a HELL of a time trying to cut this stuff.

I have a jigsaw with a carbide blade. After about 10-15 minutes, I think I have cut about 1cm into the tile. At that rate, it will take me the rest of the year to finish!

I've heard that tile cutters/nippers are good for irregular shapes, but that seems rather imprecise....

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
ML
 
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Old 11-17-02, 12:05 PM
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Do you have a water saw? If so...mark the granite and cut it into the mark at 1/2 inch strips...the small strips will break out easy, and then you can sand the curve until it is smooth.
 
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Old 11-17-02, 12:11 PM
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Yes...

I do have a water saw and I just saw a video on the net where a guy was doing this exact thing.

I tried it and it seemed to work pretty well. I just need to do the finishing part. The guy on the video had tile nippers, so I'm headed over to Home Depot to pick some up right now.

I'll post the link to that video if I can find it again...

Thanks for the input.
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Old 11-17-02, 12:14 PM
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Here's the link...

to the video clip I referred to above. Good stuff!

http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding/pages/hvt032.asp
 
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Old 11-17-02, 03:45 PM
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Update...

So, I cut a piece using the method described above, but I don't really know how to "clean it up".

The edges are somewhat jagged and the tile nippers don't seem precise enough to get a clean edge.

My wife said something about sanding it down... is that possible?

If I can just figure out how to clean up the edges, this might be a winner.

Thanks.
ML
 
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Old 11-17-02, 04:10 PM
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Start sanding..start with coarse paper and work you way up
 
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An angle grinder with a 4" diamond blade. Use it as a sander/ sculpting tool.

Finishing and polishing granite edging is very time consuming.

They make diamond profile router bits, that use water to bevel the edge.

Then polishing pads.
 
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Old 11-18-02, 09:10 AM
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Thanks...

for the additional feedback, everyone.

I'll have to check out the angle grinder and router solutions. In the meantime, I'll see what kinds of success I have with the sandpaper and previously-mentioned cutting method.

Thanks again!
ML
 
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