Adding finish edge to travertine


Old 01-04-08, 08:37 PM
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Adding finish edge to travertine

I just purchased some 1/2" thick 16"x16" travertine for a bathroom remodel. I'm planning to use this for the floor and the shower surround (BTW, is 1/2" thick appropriate for walls?), and have considered cutting extra tiles into 4 pieces (each about 4"x16") for use as a base moulding. If I did this (or made shelves in the surround) is there a reliable method of finishing travertine with a bevel or bullnose edge?

I'm wondering if it would as simple as doing a second pass with a wet tile saw to cut off the sharp 90 edge. Or perhaps using a small angle grinder.

Another side note, the consensus seems to be that travertine needs a minimum of 1/16" spacing for grout (or 1/8" with sanded grout). Is there any installation method for smaller grout lines?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-05-08, 03:36 PM
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Any of the above will work but I would use a belt sander. I use silicon carbide sand paper but aluminum oxide will work for a short time.

As rocks go...travertine is a soft stone, you shouldn't have any problems softening the edges.
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