Cutting ceramic floor tile


Old 02-20-04, 10:15 AM
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Cutting ceramic floor tile

When I cut ceramic tile on the saw, all goes well until the very end of the cut. . The last bit of cut sometimes slightly breaks rather than giving a clean saw cut. Is there a way to hold the tile or other trick to avoid this? I took a tile to home Depot on another project and some of the cuts had the same less-than-clean cut at the end.

Also, there's a tool at the hardware store that is for grinding bits off tiles. It looks like a file with rough silvery blade. Are these any good? Will they take a quarter inch or so off a small one-inch length on the edge of a tile to fit the tile around a small or molding or other obstacle?

Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-20-04, 03:11 PM
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Never tried the rasp before so i can't tell ya about that one,but the tile on the wet saw you may need to slow down at the ends of some these tile to keep them from breaking off uneven at the ends,either that or mark the tile all the way and then start the cut at one end then turn the tile and finish the cut from the other end.Try slowing down and not putting much pressure on the tile when cutting and see how that works first
Old 02-21-04, 01:31 AM
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i agree you need to slow down but if you still have the problem the file you mentiond does work but it is slow and time consuming. if you have a bench sander it will work faster and better. as for the small cuts you mentioned around stuff. you would probally do best with a set of hand held tile nippers
Old 02-21-04, 08:47 PM
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if your saw has a fence on it... turn the tile upside down for your first cut and cut an inch or so in.....then flip it over top side up and cut away. no need to slow down
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