How to Create a Beveled Edge on a Kitchen Tile

  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 500-1,250
What You'll Need
Wet saw or professional stone-cutting equipment (for granite tiles).
Saw blade
Safety goggles

If you want to add that extra class to your already stylish kitchen, beveled edge tiles will materialize your dream! The best part is that you won’t have to search the whole market in pursuit for the perfectly angled tile but you can bevel the tiles in your backyard for the perfect diamond cut. Granite tiles are most commonly used in kitchens. Having a natural look, it is preferred by most owners and is available not only in a polished finish condition but also with a rough texture. Porcelain tiles are also used in kitchens. They can be glazed or un-glazed and are a wonderful choice if you want your kitchen to look great despite a budget constraint.

Step 1 - Select Correct Blade

It is common for professionals to use a diamond-tipped saw blade to work on tiles. Steel blades may not be the ideal choice specifically if the tiles are thick. In such a case, the blade may not even be able to penetrate into the tile. Even if it does, the friction caused while cutting the tile would cause the metal to warp, or even shatter. The use of a wrong blade will also tend to ruin the tile.

Step 2 - Check the Wet Saw

You need your wet saw to produce enough lubrication so as to cool the heat produced during the cutting process. Make sure, that the optimum level of lubrication is poured onto the blade depending on the type and thickness of tile. Too little water-cooling will simply damage the machine and would be dangerous for you. It also increases the risk of short circuit due to water conduction.

Step 3 - Adjusting the Angle of Wet Saw

This needs to be adjusted depending on the angle of the bevel you want. For the typical bevel cut, you need to adjust the saw machine at a 45-degree angle, however, it purely depends on how flat or steep you want the cut to be. Try setting the saw at different angles to see which bevel suits you. Perfect angle would be the one, most friendly with the raw material. It is preferred that the bevel cut should not be too steep but again it depends on other factors for example the texture or color of the tile. If the tile is darker, even a steep bevel would look great.

Step 4 - Starting the Beveling Process.

Once you have decided the position of your saw, you are now ready to slide in the tile. Your hands need to be steady here and pressure needs to be applied as it gets cut at the desired angle. Be careful to wear safety goggles at all times since the blade crushes part of the tile into powder, which would be harmful for your eyes. Be extra cautious not to breathe that powder as well.