How to Cut Paving Stones

What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Lump hammer

If you’re creating a path you might need to cut the paving stones in order to make it fit properly. It can seem daunting but in fact cutting paving stones is surprisingly easy to do.

Step 1 - Scoring

Measure the paving stone and mark the size that you need it to be with a pencil line. Take the chisel and the lump hammer and use them to score a groove along the line you’ve marked. Be sure to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes. Ensure that the line covers the entire length of the paving stone.

Step 2 - Cutting

Place the bolster, which is a specialized chisel, in the groove. The beveled side of the bolster should face the part of the stone that will be discarded. Use the hammer to hit the handle of the bolster and keep moving along the groove until the stone breaks along the line.

Step 3 - Trimming

Use a regular chisel to take off any extra fragments of stone that remain. You should have the angle of the cut on the stone leaning in from the top to the bottom; this will help the stone sit more evenly in the ground.