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Use a metal ruler and pencil or felt tip pen to mark a line across the tile where you want to cut.

Scrape along the mark once using the tile scorer and a metal ruler to prevent it from breaking in the wrong place.

To snap the tile, place a pencil or felt tip under the line and apply downward pressure on either side. You could also place the tile on the edge of a workbench and press down.

How to tile around an obstacle

To tile around an obstacle, such as a toilet or pipe, you’ll need to create an accurate paper template. To do this, first cut a piece of paper or card the same size as your tile.

In the area of the tile that will come into contact with the obstacle, cut a series of slits about 5-10mm apart that are slightly longer than the obstruction.

Place the template into position with the cut slits against the obstruction, remembering to take into account a 5mm gap for grout.

Press each slit against the obstacle, drawing a line along its base where the slits are bent.

Remove the template from the obstacle, cut along the line and then check it fits exactly around the obstacle.

Lay the template on the tile and mark along the irregular edge with a pencil or felt tip pen. Then scratch over the line using a tile scorer; this will help the tile cut cleanly.

How to use a tile nipper

Tile nippers are used to cut curved or irregular lines. Use the steps above to create an accurate template of the obstacle you need to cut around, and then use it to mark a line on the tile.

Start cutting small chunks from the tile, working towards your line. When you get close to the line be extra careful, taking tiny pieces so you don’t over-cut or shatter the tile.

Once you’re on the line, you’ll need to smooth the edge down with a tile file or a piece of very fine sandpaper.

Wipe the tile down with a damp cloth to get rid of dust and any remaining splinters.

How to use a tile cutting machine

Mark up the tile and insert it into the machine so that the mark is in line with the guide.

Lower the handle to bring the scorer into contact with the tile and either push or pull (depending on the cutter) to score once along the line.

Lower the handle fully so that the snapper touches the tile and apply pressure to snap it in two.

How to use a combined scorer and snapper

Scrape along the mark using the tile scorer and a metal ruler to prevent it from breaking in the wrong place.

Insert the tile into the jaws of the tool, aligning the scored mark to the centre of the tool.

Squeeze the handles and the tile will snap in two.

How to use a tile saw

After marking your cut with a pencil, use the tile saw on a work bench and choose a slow cutting speed. Turn the tile rather than the tool to make the cut.

Smooth off the edges with a tile file or fine sandpaper and wipe down with a damp cloth.

How to cut porcelain and natural tiles

You’ll need to use a diamond blade wet-saw tile cutter that can cut tiles up to 25mm thick, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember to keep the water topped up or the blade might overheat.

How to use a hacksaw with a tungston carbide rod

Securely hold the tile on a workbench and gently cut along the line, pulling the saw backwards and forwards.

Smooth off the edges with a tile file or fine sandpaper and wipe down with a damp cloth.

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Before you cut your teeth on a DIY tile job, learn about how to cut tile.

Installing shiny new ceramic tiles can really perk up a room, be it a new backsplash in your kitchen, flooring in the entryway, or in the bathroom — there’s nothing like new tile to make an old bathtub or shower look nearly new again. (It may even increase your home’s value.)

One of the first steps to consider when planning a DIY tile job is how you will cut tiles. Here is an overview of four common tools and methods for cutting tile, including how much each tool costs and what cuts they are best suited for.

Manual tile cutter

The manual tile cutter is the perfect tool for making straight cuts in smaller tiles. It uses a simple “score-and-snap” technique that goes very quickly, enabling you to cut many tiles in a short period of time.

How to cut tile

Best suited for: Making straight cuts in small ceramic tiles.

Not suited for: Diagonal cuts, very tiny cuts, rounded cuts, or larger tiles that won’t fit inside the cutter.

Cost: $25 – $30

Tile nippers

Tile nippers are a hand tool with which you can make curved or unusually shaped cuts in tile. You simply score a reference line into the tile and then make small cuts with the nippers to the reference line. They work well for situations in which you need to tile in an oddly shaped area, such as around the base of a toilet.

Best suited for: Making unusual or rounded cuts in tile.

Not suited for: Cutting large numbers of tile — the process of using tile nippers goes very slowly.

Cost: $10 – $20

Diamond hole saw

The diamond hole saw is used in combination with a power drill. It fits into the chuck of the drill just as any drill bit would, and then you can use it to cut round holes in the tile. This is very helpful when you have to tile around obstacles, such as plumbing pipes.

Best suited for: Making round holes in tile. It has just this one use. However, when you need to make a round hole, it’s great to have on hand!

Cost: $15 – $25 for a mid-range type. (Plus a power drill.)

Wet saw

The wet saw is the tool of all tools for cutting tile. It works by using water to keep the blade wet and cool while you saw the tile. You can use it to make straight, diagonal, combination, and even very tiny cuts in ceramic or porcelain tile. You aren’t limited to cutting flat tiles with a wet saw, either. You can use it to cut tile finishing trim pieces, such as bullnose and quarter-round pieces. And because the process of cutting tile goes so quickly with a wet saw, you can cut large numbers of tile in a short period of time.

How to cut tile

Best suited for: Large tile jobs where you need to make many cuts in tile, and different types of cuts in tile.

Not suited for: Making curved or rounded cuts.

Cost: Can be rented from home improvement stores for $40 – $50.

Now that you know how to cut your tile, you can get creative and change the look of any room in your home with a new tiling job. And you can do it yourself!

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If you’re about to tackle your first DIY tile project, then you’re probably wondering what tools you’ll actually need for the job.

In this article (and the video above), I’m going to talk about five different ways to cut tile so you will quickly learn which tools you actually need and which tools you can forget about.

Whether you are cutting ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile, glass mosaic tile, or even natural stone, I’ll show you exactly which tile cutting tools and methods you’ll want to use (and which ones are a waste of time and money).

Let’s get started…

Tile Cutting Method #1 – Manual Tile Cutters

The first tool I want to mention is the manual tile cutter. This is a very common tile cutting tool and can be used on ceramic, porcelain, glass, and terra cotta tiles.

It basically scores the tile with a small carbine blade and then snaps the tile as demonstrated in the video at the bottom of this article.

This method of cutting tile is fast, easy, and doesn’t create any dust. It’s also an inexpensive tool to buy. The one in the image above cost just $50 and is perfect for ceramic tile up to 24″. However, larger tiles or harder tiles like porcelain will require a heavy duty version.

Porcelain is much harder than ceramic and requires a more robust tile cutter. If you are cutting porcelain and plan to buy or rent one of these tools, then make sure it is rated for cutting porcelain tile.

The manual tile cutter will also work on mosaic and glass mosaic tiles.

The tile cutting method will not work for most natural stone tile, however.

Tile Cutting Method #2 – Wet Table Saw

Wet table saws are staple tile cutting tools. They can cut any kind of tile and they cut a very smooth and straight edge. This is an essential tool for cutting natural stone tile and it will work with pretty much any type of tile except for glass tile.

If you’re doing a ceramic tile project, then this tool isn’t 100% necessary, but it will save you a lot of time and give you cleaner cuts. And, if you are cutting a lot of tiles to the same exact size (like when installing subway tile) this tools can save even more time.

This tool uses a diamond blade circular saw to cut the tile and pumps water onto the blade to eliminate all dust and keep the blade cool. Wet table saws come in variety of different sizes so the bigger the tile you are cutting, the bigger the wet table saw you will want to get.

A small wet table saw like you see above can be rented for about $200 per week and is a worthy investment for the DIY tiler.

Tile Cutting Method #3 – Handheld Manual Tile Cutter

The handheld manual tile cutter scores and snaps the tile just like the manual tile cutter I talked about above. However, it’s much smaller and fits in your hand.

If you look around online, you’ll see all kinds of videos of people using these and claiming how awesome and easy they are to use. However, I found this tool almost useless. That’s because you have to push hard to score the tile which makes it very difficult to cut a straight line. It’s also hard to follow a guide while cutting.

This thing can cut ceramic tile pretty well, but not straight or accurately.

So, do not waste your time or money on one of these tools.

Tile Cutting Method #4 – Angle Grinder With a Diamond Blade

The angle grinder with the diamond blade is such a useful tool. I’ve found thousands of uses for it as a pro handyman. And, it can also be used to cut any kind of tile (everything except glass).

It’s great for making small detailed cuts and circular cuts in tile. However, it does have downsides. It creates a lot of dust and it doesn’t cut a very smooth edge.

This is certainly not an essential tile cutting tools for most projects, but it does make those curved and detailed cuts much easier. But, since this tool is so useful for so many other things, I highly recommend you get one anyway. You can pick up a corded one for $30 and you’ll find dozens of uses for it down the road.

Tile Cutting Method #5 – Diamond Hole Saw

A hole saw with a diamond coating on the edge is great for cutting small holes in almost every type of tile and even granite or cement. Sometime you will have a pipe coming out of the wall right in the middle of where you want to put a tile. Without a hole saw like this those cuts can be very difficult.

These hole saws will cut through ceramic like butter in a matter of a few seconds. However, when cutting harder materials like porcelain or granite, then you’ll want put some water on it while you are cutting to keep the blade cool and to cut faster.

To use one of these, just hook it up to your power drill, put it down where you want to cut your hole and squeeze the trigger. It can be challenging to get the hole started, but once you do it is an easy tool to use.

Tile Cutting Tools By Project

Depending on the type of tile you are cutting, you will need different tools. So, here is a breakdown of the tools you want for each type of tile.

Recommended Tools for Cutting Different Types of Tile

Cutting Ceramic Tile

When cutting ceramic tile you will want a wet table saw, a manual tile utter, a diamond hole saw, and an angle grinder.

You could technically get away with just a manual tile cutter and an angle grinder if you wanted to keep it minimalist. But, the wet table saw wills save you a lot of time and give you cleaner cuts.

Cutting Porcelain Tile

When cutting porcelain tile, use the same tools as you would when cutting ceramic tile except go for a heavier duty manual tile cutter. Depending on the job you are tackling, you may also want to consider a hand held wet table saw, especially if there are a lot of detail cuts.

Cutting Natural Stone Tile

Most natural stone will require a wet saw to cut well. While you can cut this with just an angle grinder, you’ll want to make the majority of your cuts with a wet saw of some kind. A wet table saw is essential here since you can’t score and snap natural stone. It just doesn’t break cleanly enough.

Cutting Glass Tile

Whether you are cutting glass mosaics or glass tile, you’ll always want to score it and snap it. Trying to cut glass with any type of saw will result in lots of chipping and a very rough edge.

Enjoy the video below which demonstrates all five cutting methods as well as provides a lot of extra tips not shared in this article.

nice article, need more on tools and tile types

Thank you I will rent a wet saw I will save a lot of tiles and the job will look more clean

How to cut tile

How to Cut Tile That is Already Installed?

Knowing how to cut wall tile that is already installed is essential as it prevents the tiles from cracking. The whole process takes preparation and the right tools to achieve, as there are different types of tiles available.

In this review are the steps that show you how to cut tile that is already installed.

Steps in cutting through already installed tiles

In this section are steps on how to cut through a tile that is already installed. With full adherence to the measures, the tiles can be cut through without spoiling or cracking the whole thing. Check them out below:

Step one: Clear out the area.

The first thing is to take out all the items in the area that may cause an obstruction. Also, restrict the room from others. This is done with a tape or mask. Ensure that the place is well ventilated; getting a fan would be a great idea. This is to keep the dust from crystalline silica from saturating your airways.

Step two: Carve out the area.

Try using a straight edge and a grease pencil to mark the area that needs to be cut through. Ensure it is clear and bold, as the dust from cutting the tile may get in your line of sight. Marking around the line can also assist in distinguishing your work area. This would give direction and make your drilling precise.

Step three: Get the protective gear.

The protective gear keeps you safe while working on the area, so get one to serve such functions. The fan should be in a position where it blows all the dust towards the window. Too much dust in the air could blur out the place and affect the drilling process.

Step four: Get help

At this step, helpers would come in handy as the job itself is tasking. One member would be in charge of cutting, another deal all the silicate that have gone airborne by vacuuming and squirting water around. Water helps in controlling the dust and keeps the air breathable.

Step five: Introduce an angle grinder.

With an angle grinder, the cutting process can begin and if it’s a curved area, make small and straight cuts. If there is a need to clean up the curve, a Dremel tool or a tile file could help smoothen it out.

Step six: Use the Dremel tile cutting bit.

When the area being cut is closer to the wall, the grinder would no longer be the right equipment choice. With a Dremel tile –cutting bit, you can cut those narrow areas much more effortless. At this point, it is only your vacuum that should work as the Dremel isn’t for moisture. Also, keep electrical cables away from water to avoid hazards.

Step seven: Clean up the place.

Once the cutting is done, vacuuming the entire area with a shop vac comes next just before taking off your respirator. Leave the fan still in its position even if the place looks clear because the dust may always be in the air. Also, wipe through the room with a wet rag t and then take off the respirator. Try not to take remains of the silicate dust to other places, so striping should be immediate.

How to drill holes in already installed tiles?

How to cut tile

Drilling holes in your already installed tiles may seem easy when you know how to cut, but it still takes a process. So, before breaking through, you check out all that has been explained in this section. This would prevent you from ruining the whole area.

Step one: Understand the tiles

Every tile is peculiar and should be treated differently when being worked on to get optimum results. Get to know how dense the material is, and then fuse the information to make your preparations.

For example, porcelain and stone tiles have more rigid cores and are more challenging to drill through. This kind of situation would require a different and more intense drill bit.

Step two: Purchase the right drill bit.

No matter what type of tile you intend to cut, old and worn-out bits should be avoided. They are less effective and could also ruin the whole surface by making the role excessive. Also, regular bits are not useful for the task as tiles are stronger and more intense.

Either carbide-tipped masonry drill bits or diamond-tipped drill bits would be advisable as they are more formidable. The carbide-tipped masonry drill bits already know how to cut ceramic tiles installed or even stoneware. On the other hand, the diamond-tipped drill bits know how to cut marble tile that is already installed and porcelain.

Step three: Map out the area.

With one unintentional move, it is highly possible to ruin the hole that is being drilled. It is better to create some tension around the desired spot by placing a masking tape there. If there is more than one hole to be cut, then make a template. This is achieved by carving out a hole in a plank of wood and then place it at the various spots.

Step four: Begin the drilling.

At this stage is where you make the actual hole mapped out. Note, tiles are resistant to pressure so that they can withstand the pressure of a drill. So, take it gently and work through the tiles to achieve your goal, as going too fast could damage all the hard work you’ve put in.

Step five: Allow the drill to cool off.

After drilling for so long, the drill bit starts to overheat. Apply a small wet cloth to the drill to make the cooling process faster. Too much heat could cause the tile to crack and damage your hole. A trick that could work in this situation is to hold the wet cloth while the primary process takes place. With this, it is easier to keep the temperature under control and even capture the dust.

Step six: Replace the tool.

Once the drill has hit has gone past the tile and gotten to the wall, change the tool. The new bit should be able to make a hole in the same dimension into the walls. Make sure the process is slow as well to keep the tiles still intact.

Step seven: Clean out the place.

The hole should be ready by now, so the next thing is to clean out the place. Use a wet cloth to clean through the surface and remove all the dust. If possible, use a shop vac to instantly clean out the floor and take out the drilled fragments.

Tips on cutting through installed tiles

When working on installed tiles, there are certain things to avoid. They are:

  • Keep the temperature of the drill under control.
  • Always put on a respirator.
  • Ensure there is sufficient ventilation.
  • Make sure children can’t get in.
  • Take the process slow to keep the tiles from breaking.

When you know how to cut tile backsplash that is already installed and the others, it is easier to have a smooth surface.

Conclusion

How to cut splash tile that is already installed or how to cut ceramic floor tile that is already installed can be achieved with the right information. This post contains all the information needed for cutting the tiles and even drilling holes into the tiles.

A basic skill when working with mosaics is the cutting of ceramic and glass tiles. With this skill under your belt, you are one step closer to creating your mosaic masterpiece.

There are a variety of methods used for cutting mosaic tiles and different tools may be used for cutting depending on the tile type and the result you are aiming for.

The so-called cutting of a tile is not actually cutting, but an attempt to control to some degree how the tile fractures.

A tile, when placed under pressure, will fracture where there is the least resistance, which may not be where you want it to break or split. Mastering mosaic tile cutting is really managing fracturing to achieve a desired shape. Tiles manufactured in various materials will be cut differently.

Cutting Tools

Cutting tools used for mosaic tile cutting include:

  • Manual Tile Cutter – Ideal for cutting straight edges.
  • Straight edge tile nippers – allow you to cut straight edges, convex curves, circles, and to split tiles
  • Curved Tile nippers – will cut all shapes except for straight lines
  • Parrot Beak Nippers – used for nibbling tiles and tile pieces to create shapes
  • Dremel
  • Tile scriber – allows you to score a tile by hand

Cutting Pre-formed Mosaic Tiles for Bathrooms and Kitchens

Pre-formed Mosaic Tiles are also used for flooring and walls in bathrooms and showers or as backsplashes in the kitchen. They generally have a type of net backing and are cut using a manual tile cutter. Usually, one of two methods will be used for this type of tile cutting.

  • Manual Tile Cutter with Multipoint breaker
  • Cutting with an angle grinder

Cutting Mosaic Tiles with a Manual Tile Cutter

Necessary Tools

  • Tile cutter
  • Marker
  • Tiles
  • Safety glasses

Step 1: Mark the Tile

With a marker, mark a line on the tile front. Put on your safety glasses.

Step 2: Positioning

Place the mosaic tile sheet and place it on the cutter bed face up. Align your marked line with the cutters scoring wheel. If the tile edges are interlocking, the tile edge should be flush with the line of the cutter.

Step 3: Score the tile

Without applying much pressure, score the mosaic tile along your marked line.

Step 4: Cut the Tile

Allow the pressure pad to drop onto your tile. Using the handle, apply gentle pressure to snap the single mosaic tiles as you move down the score line.

How to Use Tile Nippers for Mosaic

Necessary Tools

  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Non-permanent washable marker
  • Wheeled mosaic nippers

Step 1: Mark.

Draw desired lines on the mosaic tile for guiding your cutting with a marker.

Step 2: Protect.

Put your safety glasses on. Avoid doing any cutting when children, people, or pets are near you.

Step 3: Position.

Hold your mosaic nippers as if they are a pair of pliers, keeping them close to the work surface in a comfortable position. Position the wheels’ edges along your mark line.

Step 4: Cut.

Squeeze together the nipper handles with enough force to cut through the tile.

Tip: For curve cutting, snip the tile with the nippers until you achieve the desired shape.

How to Use a Tile Scriber

A tile scriber will have a tungsten carbide tip. This tool will score any tile glaze.

Necessary Tools

  • Tile scriber
  • Marker or pencil
  • Safety glasses

Step 1: Marking

Mark the tile using a pencil or marker for your desired cut.

Step 2: Score the tile

Position the scriber at the beginning of your marked line. Press gently but firmly down on the tile at the beginning and at the end of your line defining a score at both ends.

Now score the entire line you have marked. This must be done to help avoid breakage.

Step 3: Cutting the tile

The score line should face upwards. Place the tile over the edge of a table or workbench. The piece you wish to use should be flat on the table or workbench surface. The piece you do not want should be extended over your work surface’s edge. Press downward on the overhanging piece, it should snap off easily leaving a clean break.

Cutting Mosaic Tile Using a Dremel

Necessary Tools

  • Dremel Rotary Tool
  • EZ545 Cutting wheel
  • Tile Clamp Safety glasses
  • Marker or pencil

Step 1: Mark the Tile

Draw a line on the tile where you wish to cut.

Step 2: Prepare the Tile

Position and clamp the tile to your work surface.

Step 3: Prepare the Dremel

Put on your safety glasses. Place the blade on your Dremel securely. Plug in the Dremel and set the speed from medium to high.

Step 4: Cut

Cut along the tile mark to achieve the tile piece or shape you want.

Conclusion

Cutting mosaic tiles is easy and there are multiple ways to do so. Depending on the tile type, and your project, choose the correct cutting tool to get the best results.

How to cut tile

Porcelain tiles are a beautiful addition to any home. They are some of the most popular types of tiles apart from ceramic.

What makes porcelain a top choice to add to your home is that due to their durability, you do not need to do anything to keep them maintained.

Some tiles like the crackle effect style, will need to be sealed every 12 months.

For a low-maintenance and gorgeous end result, porcelain tiles are the way to go.

If you have tiled before, you know how tricky it can be to line up the tiles around other appliances or sockets.

Often, you will need to cut your tile to size to fit it nicely into the space required.

To cut a porcelain tile, you need to follow certain steps. This is due to the force that some tools can put onto the tile which can sometimes crack or chip the surface.

Tiles aren’t cheap, so you will want to avoid this as much as possible.

So, how do you cut a porcelain tile without chipping it? Well, you are in luck! We have put together some helpful hints and tips to keep your tiles in the shape you want them to be.

What you will need:

  • Tile cutter
  • Diamond blade
  • Work gloves
  • Eye goggles

The Wet Saw Method

How to cut tile

Ask any tiler and they will say that using a wet saw is the most effective way to prevent any damage to your porcelain tiles.

Porcelain tiles can be tricky to cut without one of these guys so we highly recommend getting one before attempting anything.

The benefits of using a wet saw are simple. Precise cuts and smooth edges. If you have a complicated cut, maybe you have three different angles to cut, you want to make sure that the risk level of damaging a tile is minimal.

Using a wet saw will allow you to have a clean cut which results in the perfect fit for your floor or wall.

If you have never used a wet saw before, let us explain how it works. First up you will want to fill the reservoir with water.

Then, you can power on your device and notch the end of the tile. Once you have the beginning of your cut, you will want to start pushing the tile in further.

We recommend that you aim for one to two inches at a time. Slow and steady wins the race. Once you’re happy, rotate your tile and cut the remaining length until you have finished.

How To Cut a Porcelain Tile Without Chipping: Step-By-Step

Now that you know how to use a wet saw and you have the list of all the equipment you need, it is time to move onto the next part.

Cutting a porcelain tile without chipping is a huge success to any tiler. Whether you are a professional or amateur, you have done a good job if you don’t manage to split a single tile.

How to cut tile

One of the best methods used to cut porcelain tiles without chipping is the notching system. This is used by many tradesmen to avoid damaging the tiles.

If you are new to the tiling trade, here is how you should carry out the notching system:

  1. Place your tile onto the blade as if you were going to cut the complete length of it.
  2. Use a pencil to mark out the spots you want to notch. Aim for these marks to be placed an equal distance apart and to be opposite from each other.
  3. Before you begin to cut your tile, ensure that you can clearly see both of your markings.
  4. When you have full vision of your marks and are happy, power on your wet saw.
  5. Now you can begin to guide your tile into the blade. Cut about an inch to two inches into the notch.
  6. Rotate your tile and repeat the above step with the second notch mark.
  7. Slowly push your tile into the blade again. This time, you will want to keep going until you have reached the first notch cut.

If you follow all of the above steps, you will end up with perfect results!

Things To Remember

There are two important points to remember. To avoid chipping when cutting a porcelain tile, you must apply pressure.

The notching system is a fantastic method which can only really work if you apply a gentle pressure when cutting into the tile.

Ensure that the pressure is distributed evenly over the surface area of the tile when pushing it towards the blade. This will help create a smooth edge.

Porcelain tiles are top quality. To prevent chipping, you will also want to make shallow cuts when notching.

If you cut too deep at this initial stage, you could ruin the durability of the tile. We recommend that you should adjust your wet saw to make ⅛ inch deep cuts. Ensure that the face of your tile is placed towards the blade for an accurate incision.

Can You Use Other Tools To Cut Porcelain Tiles?

We always recommend a wet saw as the number one way to prevent chipping of your porcelain tiles. This piece of equipment is reliable and helps to get the finish that you are looking for.

There are other tools you can use to cut porcelain tiles if you don’t have access to a wet saw. These tools include tile nippers or drills.

However, you must be prepared to experience some chipping or cracking if you choose to use any of these tools. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Summary

We hope that you have found some helpful tips and tricks from our post. It is so worth investing in a wet saw if you are looking for an easy ride when completing a tiling job.

Remember to apply slight pressure and to adjust your blade accordingly for the best results.

Also, don’t forget to try out the notching system and let us know how you find it! It is such a useful technique to get you through a hard day of tiling!

02.07.2021

How do you cut natural stone wall tiles?

You can cut a natural stone tile with a manual hacksaw, in case you need to cut 1 or 2 tiles. Choose one that has tungsten carbide teeth as the traditional steel blades will not be able to cut through the hard natural stone. Mark the line using a pencil and straightedge and then score it with a sharp utility knife.

How do you cut stone tiles by hand?

Choose a hacksaw with tungsten carbide teeth, which are better equipped to cut through hard stone than traditional steel blades. Use a straightedge and a pencil to mark a cutting line on the tile, then score this line using a sharp utility knife.

Can you cut stone tile with a circular saw?

Can you cut tile with a circular saw? Shortly, the answer is yes. It can be cut with a traditional manual tile cutter or a wet tile saw.

How do you cut tile without a cutter?

For any type of tile (like ceramic, glass, or porcelain), an angle grinder is best for round cuts whereas a glass cutter can make smaller cuts. And if you have a lot of tile to trim, a wet saw is one of the easiest, quickest options.

Can natural stone be cut?

Mark your cuts on the stone using a long straight edge. The first and most common method of stone shaping is to use a diamond blade to cut it. This is a very effective way of cutting the stone and curved cuts are even possible. The final look will be a smooth edge that can be rounded off for a finer look.

How hard is it to cut stone?

Cutting stone is hard work, but stone lasts a long time. Make sure to work slowly when cutting stone. Take safety precautions, such as wearing a dust mask and safety goggles, to avoid accident or injury.

What type of saw do you use to cut stone?

The best tool to use when cutting stone or hard tiles is a wet saw that has a diamond encrusted blade. Keeping the blade wet will help keep things lubricated and prevent overheating. A wet saw can look like a table saw because as the diamond blade rotates the guide keeps the tile straight.

Can you cut stone tile with a Dremel?

A Dremel tool makes cutting tile much easier than it looks. Whether you want to open a hole in tile that is already fixed to a wall or floor, or cut tiles to fit before you install them, a Dremel tool will make any tile cutting job easy.

Can you score and snap slate tile?

Use a Tile Saw The way that slate is formed, however, makes it nearly impossible to use anything except a tile saw — either a wet saw or a dry angle grinder with a tile -cutting blade. Nippers and score-and-snap cutters will either crush the slate or cause it to fracture along one of its layers or clefts.

What do I use to cut mosaic tile?

For all types of tile, the best tool is a wet saw with a diamond blade. With ceramic, porcelain or stone tile, you can also make cuts with a manual tile snap cutter or tile nippers, but a saw is easier to use and makes cleaner cuts.

How do you cut stone mosaic tile without a wet saw?

A Glass cutter with a wire hanger is the best pair of tools you need to cut a few tiles without a wet saw. First, make a cutting line using a square guide on the tile. Once you cut the ceramic surface of the tile using a glass cutter, then place the tile on a wire hander within the line where you made the cut.

How to cut tiles with or without a wet saw for a clean finish – whether you’re cutting glass, porcelain or mosaic tiles in the kitchen or bathroom.

How to cut tile

By Laura Crombie published 7 June 21

When you’re tiling a floor, a wall or even a kitchen backsplash, it’s likely that you’ll have some awkward gaps to fill along the way – mainly when you get to the edges.

If you’re a seasoned DIYer, this won’t faze you and you’ll have your wet saw out ready and waiting to cut tiles to the size you need. However, if you’re new at this and have no idea where to start using tools, or if you actually want to avoid using wet saws and other electric tools at all when cutting tiles, rest assured, you can still complete this job successfully, yourself.

Philip Ash of Pro Paint Corner says, ‘You can most definitely cut all types of tiles yourself, it’s just about having the correct tools for the job, trusting yourself to be safe with sharp machinery, and being detail oriented to ensure you cut them correctly.’

What is the best tool to cut tile?

‘There are many different types of tiles, and many different machines that will work on them. In my experience though, a wet table saw is an invaluable tool for cutting most, if not all types of tile, as these types of saws cut very straight and smooth. It can be used for ceramic, glass, porcelain, and natural stone tiles. You can rent a wet table saw for your specific project or choose to purchase one, but if you pick the latter option keep in mind that these saws come in multiple sizes, depending on the tile size you will be cutting.’ Adds Ash.

You can use a manual cutter for straight cuts on porcelain and natural stone/slate tiles, then an electric cutter for more complex designs such as right angles and curves in mosaic tiles or a tile scribe for small, thin tiles.

  • DIY:How to tile a wall.

Safety notice: With all tile cutting methods be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves. Do not touch the blade and keep fingers away from it. Ensure any hazards are not present, do not wear loose clothing and keep children away also. Finally, go at your own pace.

Can you cut tiles without a tile cutter?

If you want to cut tiles without a wet saw or even a tile cutter you can use a glass cutter/scribe or carbide-tipped pencil. Cutting tiles with a scribe can be done successfully on thinner glass tiles especially:

  • Measure where the tile needs to be cut using a pencil alongside a metal ruler, draw a straight line across.
  • Hold the metal ruler on the cut line to ensure a straight cut. Holding at a 45° angle, use the tile scribe against the side of the ruler, apply pressure and cut across into the glaze.
  • Do not aim to cut through the tile entirely.
  • Use a long thin object underneath the scored tile, such as a pencil, and apply pressure either end of the tile and break into two.
  • Be careful of the sharp edges after cutting. If the cut isn’t clean and the edges are slightly rough, use a file to smooth the edges.

How to cut tiles with a manual tile cutter

A manual cutter is used for straight cuts, they take longer to use than power tools but they are a cheaper alternative and simpler to use if you’re just starting out. They have a handle which runs on a rail, allowing you to make a smooth cut, much like with a paper guillotine.

  • To measure where the tile needs to be cut, place a tile on top of the last full tile, and mark with a pencil where the overlap is, this is where you need to cut.
  • Make sure you leave enough room for the grout joint and movement joint. Movement joints must not be grouted, the use of a sealant would be recommended.
  • Place the tile in the tile cutter, square it up to the plate and get the cutter and pencil mark in line.
  • Press down firmly on the handle of the cutter, and push forward across the tile to score a line.
  • Press and apply pressure on each side of the tile and it will snap into two pieces. Some cutters will have an all in one breaker built in, just put the clamp part on the tile and push down on the handle to snap the tile.
  • If the cut isn’t clean and the edges are slightly rough, use a file or rubbing stone to smooth the edges.
  • For smaller or curved pieces, use tile nippers to cut small pieces off to achieve the correct size or shape required.

How to cut mosaic tiles using a manual tile cutter

Mosaics seem like the scariest tiles of all to tackle as they are dainty and beautiful looking however, no matter whether your are plain or fancy, you should be able to get a good clean cut on smaller tiles using a manual cutter also. No wet saw in sight.

  • Place the tile in the cutter and score the row of tiles down the center. We like to start with the second row in.
  • Start the cutting wheel at the bottom, applying pressure with the handle as you run up the row, bottom to the top.
  • Once scored you want to use the handle to add even pressure to the tile to snap.
  • If the handle is too thin you can use a small piece of wood underneath it to keep the pressure even.
  • Snap one tile at a time, taking your time for a clean finish.
  • Finish off the job by scoring the back to release the backing.
  • DIY:How to tile a floor.

How to cut tiles with a wet saw

For experienced DIYers, a wet saw will make cutting tiles easy. Wet saws/electric cutters are used for right angles, curved edges and thicker tiles such as porcelain and natural stone. You can use it indoors but outside use is less messy.

  • Make sure the electric cutter has water in the tray as the blade will overheat; it also reduces the amount of dust produced when cutting.
  • For curved edges, mark with a pencil the area that needs to be cut, and mark several lines up to the curved mark. This is because a tile can’t be turned whilst being cut.
  • Using the electric cutter, cut the number of lines up to the curved mark so it looks like a comb.
  • Draw round the curved mark with a tile scribe to score and cut into the glaze.
  • Using a tile nipper, break away small bits at a time up to the curve, and file down until smooth.
  • How to tile a splashback

Take care when cutting tiles.

Laura is Brand Development Director for Real Homes, focusing on digital content. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 12 years and was Deputy Editor and Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position. She’s currently renovating a 1960s house in Worcestershire, doing as much as possible on a DIY basis.

02.07.2021

How do you cut ceramic tile with a scribe?

Cutting Ceramic Tiles With a Tile Scribe Mark the tile where you want the cut, lay another tile across the one to be cut as a straight edge, then, pressing down firmly on the cutter, draw it across the tile paying particular attention to the start and finish of your line.

Does a tile scribe cut tiles?

Please remember to keep sharp knives out of the way of children. A tile scribe is the simplest and cheapest tool you can use to make straight cuts through tiles. It has a hardened tip which cuts them cleanly.

How do you scribe porcelain tiles?

Set the closest full tile in place, then use another full tile to mark the overlaps with a grease pencil. Keep moving the scribe tile to transfer the outline of the wall. Cut and trim along the penciled lines, then set the cut tile into place for a perfect fit.

How do you break tiles by hand?

  1. Place the straight edge on the tile next to the area that you want to break off.
  2. Grasp the tile in your nondominant hand on the far edge from where you want the break to be.
  3. Exert downward pressure on the nippers while squeezing the handle to break the tile off at the score mark.

Are porcelain tiles easy to cut?

Porcelain tile is very hard; therefore, you need a powerful wet diamond saw when you want to cut your tile. However, it can be difficult to cut porcelain without chipping it.

What is the best tool for cutting tile?

Here are the 8 tools you can use for cutting a ceramic tile:

  • Manual Snap Cutter.
  • Tile Nipper.
  • Wet Tile Saw.
  • Glass Cutter.
  • Angle Grinder.
  • Rotary Cutting Tool.
  • Jig Saw.
  • Tile Scribe.

Can I cut tiles with a multi tool?

Use the Oscillating Tool as a Tile File If you don’t have a tile file, you can also use your oscillating tool as one. An oscillating tool is a multipurpose tool, which means that you can use it to complete the entire tile cutting process.

What is the best tile cutter?

Top 10 Tile Cutter Reviews

  • Einhell TH-TC 618 600w Tile Cutter.
  • Vitrex 103450 Versatile Power Pro 900 Wet Tile Saw.
  • Vitrex 630mm Professional Tile Cutter.
  • Bellota PRO 65 Manual Ceramic Tile Cutter.
  • Bosch PTC 470 Tile Cutter.
  • Rubi Star-63 Manual Tile Cutter.
  • Vitrex 102360TC 50cm Heavy-Duty Tile Cutter.

Do Topps Tiles cut tiles?

We can’t cut your tiles for you but we can offer you the best tile cutters on the market, take a look at our full range here as we’re sure to have the right cutter for your project.

How hard is it to cut tile?

Common 1/4-inch tile found in most tile stores that’s used for bathroom walls and kitchen back splashes is not nearly as hard as porcelain. These can be nipped by hand or cut easily with a traditional snap tile cutter. It won’t take long for you to see how easy it is to use a traditional snap cutter and tile nippers.

Is it easy to cut tiles?

Is it easy to cut your own tiles? Well Dave, the answer is yes! You need to buy some tools to do it and in fact in this case we’ve got a tile cutter here – very easy to use, cuts tiles up to 400mm. Tiles are very dangerous; they’re sharp, they’re ceramic.

What does it mean to scribe tile?

Scribing the tile is a marking process that enables you to avoid complicated measurements. Home improvement stores will often cut the scribed ceramic, stone or glass tiles for you for an additional fee. New tile will add to your home value.

Can you score porcelain tile?

What’s most important to remember is that you must use a non-permanent marker to accurately measure and mark the areas you want to cut. Then, properly score the tile using a shallow cutter. This will prevent chips and jagged edges as you start the cutting process. Tile nippers work by hand using pressure.

What is a scribe tool?

A scriber is a hand tool used in metal work to mark lines on workpieces, prior to machining. It is used instead of pencils or ink lines, because the latter are hard to see, easily erased, and imprecise due to their wide mark; scribe lines are thin and semi-permanent.

Last Updated on October 17, 2021

If you are interested in learning how to cut tile without a wet saw, then this article can help.

Now, much like most other tasks such as this, you will need some kind of experience and guideline you need to follow before you can successfully get it done.

Doing a job such as this without having a wet saw might get a little confusing, but thankfully you have me to help you out through the whole journey. So keep reading to learn all the tips and tricks you need to know to do to precisely cut the tiles without a wet saw.

Things You Need to Cut The Tile

First and foremost, we need a list of all the tools and equipment you will need to get your tile cutting work into action. Without these tools, you will have a very difficult time getting anything done, as you will not be using a wet saw for it.

Manual Snap Cutter

This tool is commonly used to cut tiles, much like the wet saw. They operate the same way as a glass cutter does and will also give you the same effect on the tile. You will have to do a lot of the work yourself while using this, but the result will be pretty great.

Glass Cutter

Just like you would use the Manual Snap Cutter to cut the tiles, you can also use the glass cutter to cut tiles. This tool is mainly made to cut glass as the name suggests, but it works just as well with tiles. You might need a little bit of practice before you are able to perfect the art of cutting tiles with it.

Tile Nipper

If you are looking into making some type of irregular cut on the tiles, then you could opt for using the tile nipper. For the price you pay to get this, the results are pretty good. But at times, you might be left a little unsatisfied with the way they look if the finishing isn’t perfect.

Rotary Cutting Tool

This tool will rind you of a drill bit, to be honest, and can be mainly used to cut corners and edges of the tiles. Therefore, the cuts made by this will not be good when it comes to straight cuts. Even though you will be able to cut the tile using this, but the results will not be good.

Angle Grinder

Now, this is not something people commonly use when it comes to cutting tiles. But, if you are in need and do not have a wet saw, then Angle Grinder will do the job. Maybe the output will not be as good as a glass cutter or manual snap cutter, but overall it will work.

Jigsaw

If you are looking for a tool that will help you in making angled cuts, then there is no need to look any further; the jigsaw will do the job perfectly for you. You have to use a diamond blade while you are making the cut. Though one thing you need to keep in mind is to spray water on the tiles while making the cut.

We have covered most of the tools you can use to cut tile. There are a few others, but they will not really give you much of a good result, so I saw no point in adding those items to our list. We are here to drive you with the best one for your convenience.

How to Cut the Tiles without A Wet Saw

Now that we know about all the tools we can use to cut the tiles, we can now move on to the actual task. We will be talking about cutting two different types of tiles that you might most commonly use in your house or the workplace.

Porcelain Tiles

Cutting porcelain tiles is actually not that difficult, even if it has to be done without a wet saw. There are a few things you will need on hand before you start the work: clothing hanger, a marker to make out where to cut, and something that has a straight edge.

Step 1: Use the Edge and Maker to Figure out Where to Cut

At first, you must place the object with the straight edge on the tile and make a line with the marker to figure out how much to cut off. While making the line, keep in mind that the marker will eat up some of the space. So, calculate the width of the marker’s line when figuring out how much of the tile to cut.

Step 2: Cut with the Glass Cutter

Now that you have the line drawn out with the marker, you have to draw a line over the marked line with the glass cutter. Make sure you use the edge of an object to guide you along with the cut so that you do not make a mistake. You will need to press down on the cutter for it to make its way into the tile.

Step 3: Separate the Two Halves of the Tile

At this stage of the process, you will need to use the cloth hanger. You should place it just below the line you cut on the tile, making sure that the bottom part of the hanger is aligned with the marked line. All you have to do is put some pressure on the sides until they split into two parts.

And with that, you are done cutting the porcelain tile.

Ceramic Tile

Most tiles nowadays are made of ceramic, and therefore, it is very important for us to know how to cut these specific tiles. In order to make straight cuts, you can make use of carbide-tipped pens; they make very precise cuts on the tiles. But if you want to make cut many tiles with this tool, then it will take you a very long time.

If you want to make a straight cut, then you can just follow the steps that you did for the porcelain tile, where you have to draw a line on the tile using a marker and then draw another line on the marked line with the carbide tipped pen. After that, you have to break the tile into two pieces.

But the process will not be the same when it comes to making angles cuts, which is especially needed if the tiles have to be fitted around the toilet.

The most important part to consider when it comes to cutting the tiles that have to go around the toilet is the toilet itself and all the measurements that go around it. Otherwise, you will see that you have cut up tiles that are not fit to be placed around the toilet.

Step 1: Use Sheets to Make Measurements

The first thing you should do is find sheets of papers that are the same size as the tile you are using. If they are not, then you have to trim them into size. These papers can be marked and cut according to the curves at the bottom of the toilet seat to see if they can be placed properly around the toilet.

Remember that the tiles have gaps between them, so do not place the sheets too close together. The gap between them should be the same as the one between the tiles.

Step 2: Paste the Sheets to the Tile to Make Cuts

When you see that all the sheets put together are actually fit for your toilet, you have to tape the paper the tile so that you know much much of the tile you will need to cut.

For this, clippers would be a good option as you can take small areas of the tile off and gradually approach the line you have drawn on the tile using the help of the sheets. Don’t clip too much off as you might cut more than you planned to. So, gradually move towards the line.

Step 3: Sand off the Rough Edge

Now that you have cut the tile using the clippers, you will see that the edge might not be as smooth as you want it to be. In this case, you have to use sandpaper and sand off the sides so that you have the perfect sides.

In all of this, try to be as careful as possible, especially if you are a beginner and have not done something like this before. As there is a chance, you might take off too much off the tile and have to keep replacing the ones you ruin.

Conclusion

Cutting tiles without a wet saw might not always be ideal, but with the proper tools and some practice, you should be able to achieve what you have set out to do. I hope you find this helpful, and if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

02.07.2021

How do you cut natural stone wall tiles?

You can cut a natural stone tile with a manual hacksaw, in case you need to cut 1 or 2 tiles. Choose one that has tungsten carbide teeth as the traditional steel blades will not be able to cut through the hard natural stone. Mark the line using a pencil and straightedge and then score it with a sharp utility knife.

How do you cut stone tiles by hand?

Choose a hacksaw with tungsten carbide teeth, which are better equipped to cut through hard stone than traditional steel blades. Use a straightedge and a pencil to mark a cutting line on the tile, then score this line using a sharp utility knife.

Can you cut stone tile with a circular saw?

Can you cut tile with a circular saw? Shortly, the answer is yes. It can be cut with a traditional manual tile cutter or a wet tile saw.

How do you cut tile without a cutter?

For any type of tile (like ceramic, glass, or porcelain), an angle grinder is best for round cuts whereas a glass cutter can make smaller cuts. And if you have a lot of tile to trim, a wet saw is one of the easiest, quickest options.

Can natural stone be cut?

Mark your cuts on the stone using a long straight edge. The first and most common method of stone shaping is to use a diamond blade to cut it. This is a very effective way of cutting the stone and curved cuts are even possible. The final look will be a smooth edge that can be rounded off for a finer look.

How hard is it to cut stone?

Cutting stone is hard work, but stone lasts a long time. Make sure to work slowly when cutting stone. Take safety precautions, such as wearing a dust mask and safety goggles, to avoid accident or injury.

What type of saw do you use to cut stone?

The best tool to use when cutting stone or hard tiles is a wet saw that has a diamond encrusted blade. Keeping the blade wet will help keep things lubricated and prevent overheating. A wet saw can look like a table saw because as the diamond blade rotates the guide keeps the tile straight.

Can you cut stone tile with a Dremel?

A Dremel tool makes cutting tile much easier than it looks. Whether you want to open a hole in tile that is already fixed to a wall or floor, or cut tiles to fit before you install them, a Dremel tool will make any tile cutting job easy.

Can you score and snap slate tile?

Use a Tile Saw The way that slate is formed, however, makes it nearly impossible to use anything except a tile saw — either a wet saw or a dry angle grinder with a tile -cutting blade. Nippers and score-and-snap cutters will either crush the slate or cause it to fracture along one of its layers or clefts.

What do I use to cut mosaic tile?

For all types of tile, the best tool is a wet saw with a diamond blade. With ceramic, porcelain or stone tile, you can also make cuts with a manual tile snap cutter or tile nippers, but a saw is easier to use and makes cleaner cuts.

How do you cut stone mosaic tile without a wet saw?

A Glass cutter with a wire hanger is the best pair of tools you need to cut a few tiles without a wet saw. First, make a cutting line using a square guide on the tile. Once you cut the ceramic surface of the tile using a glass cutter, then place the tile on a wire hander within the line where you made the cut.

If you are considering doing a tile project, where you will inevitably need to cut some of the tiles to fit your space. The Dremel is another option among power tools for cutting various materials, and one that you can easily manage for your DIY projects.

About Dremel

Dremel is actually a brand name of American power tools, quite renowned for its rotary tools. In 1932, Austrian immigrant Albert J. Dremel established the company in Racine, Wisconsin.

Today it is a part of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. Dremel produces various types of power tools and many wheels, bits, and tool attachments depending on what the tool is to be used for.

If you don’t have a tile saw or for instance an angle grinder, a Dremel tool can be used to cut tile as these tools are designed to penetrate tough materials.

Cutting Loose Tile with a Dremel

How you proceed in cutting tile with a Dremel will depend on whether you need to make a cut that is in a straight line or a shape to fit pipes or fixtures in a bathroom or kitchen tiling project.

Necessary Tools

  • Dremel Multiuse tool
  • Dremel tile cutting tool kit or
  • Dremel n. 562 tile bit for shapes
  • Dremel n. 545 diamond blade wheel for straight cuts
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Dust Mask
  • Pencil or marker
  • Rubber clamps for securing the tile

Step 1: Prepare the Tool

Make sure your tool is unplugged. You will need to attach a cutting tool, spiral cutting bit, or rotary cutting attachment to your Dremel multipurpose tool. Refer to the Dremel owner’s manual for attachment.

Step 2: Marking

Draw the line or shape on the tile that you wish to cut. Wear your safety glasses or goggles and a protective dust mask.

Step 3: Secure your tile into position for cutting

Using at least a pair of rubber clamps, you will secure the tile for cutting to your workbench or table. The part that you need to cut should hang off the workbench. Clams should be rubber to prevent damage to your tile.

Step 4: Cutting

Plug in and turn on your Dremel tool. Position the tool wheel n. 545 at the beginning edge of the tile if you are cutting in a straight line. For a shape, push the Dremel bit n. 562 into the tile.

Using both hands, guide the tool along the marked line or shape without applying excessive pressure. The cutting tool should work for you while you simply guide it. This will protect your tile from cracking and the cutting tool from wearing out rapidly.

Step 5: Finishing

As you arrive near the end of the line you are cutting, begin to slow down your pushing of the tool so you don’t cut past where you marked. When you arrive at the end of a shape, stop pushing your tool and lift it gently away from the tile.

If you are cutting a straight line, push through the end allowing the excess tile to drop. This procedure should be repeated for any and all cuts you need to make.

Cutting Installed Tile with a Dremel

Step 1: Prepare the Tool

Make sure your tool is unplugged. You will need to attach a cutting tool, spiral cutting bit, or rotary cutting attachment to your Dremel multipurpose tool. Refer to the Dremel owner’s manual for attachment.

Step 2: Marking

Draw the line or shape on the tile that you wish to cut.

Step 3: Cover

Cover any surfaces or anything nearby that you wish to protect from dust with plastic. Secure the plastic with tape. Wear your safety glasses or goggles and a protective dust mask.

Step 4: Cutting

Plug in and turn on your Dremel tool. Push your tool bit n. 562 into the material’s surface beginning at a 45° angle. When the tool has entered, adjust the angle to 90°, or push the tool wheel n. 545 directly into the tile at a 90° angle.

Guide the tool along the marked line or shape without applying excessive pressure. The cutting tool should work for you while you simply guide it.

Step 5: Finish the cut

End cutting when you have completed cutting along the line or shape you marked. Pull the tool out and unplug. This procedure should be repeated for any and all cuts you need to make.

Cutting Stone Tile with a Dremel

This is a similar process to cutting other types of tiles. The Dremel diamond tool wheel n. 545 is manufactured to cut through hard surfaces and materials.

Step 1: Prepare the Tool

The tool should be unplugged during bit or wheel attaching. Attach the cutting tool to your Dremel multipurpose tool. Refer to the Dremel owner’s manual for attachment instructions.

Step 2: Marking

Draw the line on the tile that you wish to cut. Wear your safety glasses or goggles and a protective dust mask.

Step 3: Secure your tile into position for cutting

Using at least a pair of rubber clamps to protect the tile, you will secure the tile for cutting to your workbench or table. The part that you need to cut should hang off the workbench.

Step 4: Cutting

Plug in and turn on your Dremel tool. Position the tool wheel n. 545 at the beginning edge of the tile. Using both hands, guide the tool along the marked line without applying excessive pressure. The cutting tool should work for you while you simply guide it.

Step 5: Finishing

As you arrive near the end of the line you are cutting, push through the end allowing the excess tile to drop. This procedure can be repeated.

The Bottom Line

Your Dremel tool can be used as a high-powered cutting tool with the correct attachments.

For DIY home improvement projects, you can easily cut tiles for your bathroom or kitchen renovation and make all the necessary cuts whether straight lines or shapes to complete your project with your Dremel tool, the necessary bits, and rotary wheels, and a bit of practice before you begin.

HOW TO CUT TILE USING VARIOUS TOOLS?

All tools that can be used for tile cutting are based on two basic technologies: ceramic tile is either notched by a cutter and then broken by hands or cut by an abrasive tool rotary driven at a high speed. The first technology is implemented with the help of such tools as a glass cutter, tile cutter or pincers, while the second technology requires using an angle grinder or a special tile saw.

The advantage of the first method is that it doesn’t require any power source and doesn’t produce much dust in the process of cutting. However, this technology allows cutting only in a straight line and doesn’t guarantee perfect results when cutting thin strips of tile. Besides, some types of tile are too thick or firm to use this cutting method.

On the other hand, using a high-speed tool you will be able to cut any type of tile and to get almost any shapes, but it requires electricity supply, while its use leads to significant dustiness on a working site. In addition, electric tools feature higher price compared to a rather cheap glass cutter or pincers, which can be found almost in every household. So, it makes no sense to buy a power tool specifically for cutting tiles if the work scope is very small. On the other hand, if you plan to cut a large number of tiles, it will be smart to consider purchasing a specific tool.

HOW TO CUT CERAMIC TILE?

Ceramic tile is the most common type of tile that can be found in our homes. It comes in multiple colors, shapes and sizes, including decorative accents like these ones. This allows creating beautiful installations, but often requires cutting tile in a straight line to fit sizes of spaces, which you are going to decorate. So, let’s discuss the basic DIY methods of making rectilinear cuts.

Using a glass cutter

The obvious advantages of a glass cutterare its low cost and ease of use. However, there is a higher risk to damage your tile, especially when it comes to firm types of tile.

If you choose a glass cutter, take a tile and mark out the part that should be cut by drawing a straight line (use a pencil and a ruler). Then put the ruler right to the line and scratch the line along the ruler with the glass cutter, pressing it carefully, but firmly against the tile surface. Then carefully break the tile making an abrupt movement, while applying much force to the cutting line. To make the task easier, put the tile on the edge of a table or other hard surface in such a way as to line up the scratch with the edge. If the fracture line is flat enough, then just process it with sandpaper. Otherwise, ragged edges can be removed by pincers or tile nippers and then grinded.

Using a handheld tile cutter

This tool facilitates the tile cutting greatly, especially if you have a lot of tile to cut. You can get both straight cuts and 45 degreeangles, while it is quite easy to master the tool. Generally, a handheld tile cutter includes a platform, a cutter and a handle on a carriage. The cutter can be designed as a diamond tip or a metal wheel.

Take a tile and mark out the part that should be cut as described above. Put your tile cutter on a flat surface. Insert the tile into the tool and fix it using a pressing part, while matching the line on the tile surface with the central line on the tool platform. Then press the handle and scratch the line moving the cutter from the bottom upwards. You need to press the handle heavily enough to cut the tile in one pass (but don’t go a bridge too far!). When the scratch is made, just press the handle slightly and the tile will break in two pieces directly in the line that you cut.

It is quite easy to cut different types of tile using an angle grinder, but it produces a lot of noise, dust and even sparks, so you need to use protective equipment, such as spectacles and a respirator. At the same time with the help of this tool you can get even curly cuts, while the process will take less time than when cutting with a glass cutter. However, it is reasonable to use an angle grinder for cutting thick and firm floor tiles, whereas in other cases you can handle the task using just hand tools.

First, you need to make the marks on the tile and take a diamond grinding wheel for your angle grinder. Then put the tile on the flat surface leaving the part, which you are going to cut off, hanging over the surface edge. Then make a shallow scratch on the tile surface, holding the wheels lightly at an angle to the tile surface. Don’t press the tool against the surface too heavily, but you may make deeper notches on the edges of the tile. Move the grinder away from you and cut with the tool speed of no more than 3.5 thousand rpm. Gradually, make the notch deeper – you need to make several passes to get the desired result. Then turn off the angle grinder and break the tile in a way described for a glass cutter. If necessary, process the cut edge using sandpaper.

HOW TO CUT GLASS TILE?

Today glass mosaic tile is used in multiple kitchen, bathroom and backsplash designs due to its high decorative and functional quality, flexibility and wide range of patterns. Glass mosaic tile is often used to create beautiful mosaic panels, but sometimes implementation of such projects requires cutting glass tile, which is quite brittle. Thus, you may need advice on how to cut mosaic tile in order to get pieces with clean edges and avoid chipping.

The best way to cut glass mosaic tile is to use a handheld tile cutter or an electric tile saw. Also, you can get the desired effect cutting the tile by a glass cutter and then breaking it using pincers. To avoid damaging the glass surface, use some cloth to cover it.

HOW TO CUT PORCELAIN TILE?

Porcelain tile is famous for its higher density, durability and water resistance, while its surface is smoother and better textured. But being harder, porcelain tile poses a challenge when it comes to cutting it. It is recommended to use either an angle grinder or a tile saw with a diamond blade to make clean cuts.

How to cut tile

It might seem a hassle but cutting wall tiles is somewhat of an inevitability in many DIY projects. Unless you’re tiling a very small area, e.g. a kitchen or bathroom splashback, where you can use whole tiles only, you’ll need to cut your own tiles.

To do this, you may need some power tools but this will depend on the scale of the job. Areas you need to consider cutting tiles to fit around are windows, pipes, electrics, curved surfaces and doorways, to name just a few.

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What you’ll need to cut wall tiles

Before you start the process, ensure you have the following tools to hand.

Tools:

  • Steel rule
  • Chinagraph pencil or non-stain pen
  • Tile scorer
  • Score/snapper tool
  • Tile cutting machine
  • Set square

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Bellota Tile Nippers

BELLOTA POP R-C 60 Tile Cutter

Bellota 115mm Cutting Disc (Porcelain)

A note on safety

Cutting wall tiles involves sharp implements. Always keep knives, files, scribes, etc, out of the reach of children. Wear knee-pads and always cut away from your body, taking care to not cut your hands or fingers.

2 methods to cutting wall tiles

Cutting Equipment Methods

Method 1: Using a scorer/snapper tool
This method can be used when cutting thin glazed ceramic wall tiles

Basic tile scribes work fine with thinner tiles but some thicker or stronger ones aren’t so easy to snap. A combo scorer/snapper tool is a great alternative.

Step 1: Measure up

Measure up as normal using a steel rule and check your measurements carefully. Then, similarly to the scribe tool, run the wheel of your scorer/snapper tool down your line along your rule.

Step 2: Snap your tile

Place the tile between the jaw end of your scorer/snapper tool. Squeeze the tool and your tile should snap cleanly without too much effort.

Method 2: Using a tile slide and snap cutter

This method can be used with most ceramic and porcelain tiles

If you’ve got lots of thicker tiles to cut then it might be wise to invest in a tile slid and snap cutter. These durable tools combine scorers, snappers and a strong bed with clamp and gauge for measuring tiles accurately and easily. They’re inexpensive and are generally simple to use.

Step 1: Line up markings

Mark your tile and place it onto the machine bed. Line up your markings with the gauge in the tool and bring the scorer component towards the tile. Score down the tile with the handle.

Step 2: Snap into place

Engage the snapper tool against the tile until it makes contact and gently snap the tile in two.

Cutting wall tiles with different wall environments

How to cut tile

1. Cutting tiles in curves

Things get slightly trickier when dealing with curves but don’t worry, it’s still doable for your DIY project. One of the simpler methods is to use a round tile saw which features a round blade.

Step 1: Cut the overlay

Take a thick piece of card or paper and cut it to the curve you require. This will form an overlay – place it over your tile and mark your curve on the tile with your pencil or pen.

Step 2: Clamp your tile

Clamp your tile and use your tile saw to cut slowly along the line. Smoothen any edges using a tile file.

2. Cutting tiles around pipes

Cutting tiles to fit around pipes is usually inevitable – that’s the bad news! The good news is that it’s relatively simple to do and you probably won’t have to do it too often when renovating your home.

Step 1: Square up your tile placement

Once you get closer to the sides of the pipe, project lines from your existing tiles to square up where your tile will need to be cut. This will act as a guide for the tile which will fit around the pipe.

Step 2: Transfer markings

Transfer your markings to the tile that will fit around the pipe.

Step 3: Intersect your markings

Your projected markings will intersect towards the middle of your tile, forming a square. You’ll need to take an offcut pipe of the same diameter to place in the middle of this square to then draw your circle in the position the pipe will be.

You’ll then need to cut the tile in two so the circle is intersected exactly in two. This will create the top half and bottom half of the tile to fit around the pipe.

Step 4: Cut the tile

You’ll now need to carefully cut the two semi-circles out with a tile saw. Cut slowly and file off extra to create a smooth-edged semi-circle.

Step 5: Encase the pipe

Encase the pipe with the two tile halves. You should have a flush near-invisible edge around the pipe.

3. Cutting tiles for window recesses

Window recesses can be narrow and thus, you’ll need to correctly cut tiles to wrap around them. When you tile a wall face, you’ll need to tile the recess head, the sides and then finally the bottom.

1: For glazed-edge tiles

Glazed edge tiles have smooth coloured edges, removing the need to corner trim your tiles. Once you tile your wall face up to the recess, work backwards and cut tiles so they fit flushly in the small spaces of the recess.

2: For corner trims

For corner trims, you’ll need to simply tile to leave adequate space for your rounded trim to slide in.

Also see: Our guide on How to Tile Walls and Floors, and How to Measure for Tiles.

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Wet tile saws are not as complicated to use as some of them look. However, these cutting tools can be expensive. Meaning that if you need to cut tiles quickly and you do not have one getting one might be a bit impractical.

So what do you do when you want to cut a tile and do not have a best wet tile saw? The obvious answer might be to call a professional. But calling a professional will cost you money, and maybe you just want to make a small cut.

Fortunately, there are several alternatives to using a wet tile saw. In this article, we will be looking at how to cut tile without a wet saw. There are a number of ways of cutting a tile, all of which depend on the type of tile you are cutting.

Cutting Porcelain Tiles Without A Wet Saw

If you are wondering how to cut porcelain tile without a wet saw, there are several ways of doing it. The simplest is using a glass cutter. All you need is a square or anything with a straight edge, a marker and a clothes hanger.

How to cut tile

Step one, use a marker and a square to draw a straight line of where you want to cut. Position the square 0.64 inches below the line. This is to allow room for your marker when drawing the line.

Using the glass cutter draw a line across the marked line. Press down on the cutter as you drag it across the marked line. Ideally, you should partially cut through the marked line without cutting all the way through.

When finished place the clothes hanger underneath the cut line uses a sturdy surface such as a workbench for this The long wire part of the hanger should be lined up to the cut line. In this position press gently on either side of the cut line to break the tile in two.

You can get a glass cutter for about $10 at your nearest hardware store. It is cheaper than going for a fully-fledged wet tile cutter. However, this method is only ideal when you want to make straight cuts.

Since you are using a glass cutter here, you can use the same method for how to cut glass tile without a wet saw.

How To Cut Tile Without A Wet Saw : Cutting a Ceramic Tile

Another common question is how to cut ceramic tile without a wet saw. For simple straight cuts, you can always opt for a carbide tipped pen. Though this process can be tedious if you are cutting many tiles for single tiles, it gets the job done.

Similar to using a glass cutter, you will have to draw a straight line across the tile where you want to cut using a square. Then use the pencil to cut the marked line. Once done, you can use clippers to snap the tile in two.

In this process, you may have to use a sander to remove any rough surfaces left after cutting the tile. This can also be a method that can work for how to cut mosaic tile without a wet saw.

How to cut tile

Cutting A Tile Around The Toilet

When installing tiles in your toilet, you will need to factor in the toilet itself. Which means you will need to cut the tiles to go around the toilet. There are several ways for how to cut tile around the toilet without a wet saw.

One of the more common approaches is to use sheets of paper to map out the design of the floor around your toilet first. The sheets of paper need to be the same size as the tiles you are installing. For example, if you have 16 by 16 inches tiles, then the sheets of paper need to be the same size.

How to cut tile

Cut a sheet of paper for every tile you will be installing around the toilet. Using scissors remove the areas that you do not need from the sheets of paper. For instance, if you have a toilet with an angular base, you need to cut a triangular section from the corners of the paper.

Once this is done lay the sheets of paper into the place where the tiles will go. When doing so, remember to factor in space between the tiles. Make sure all the sheets of paper fit snugly against the base of the toilet.

Tape the sheets of paper to the tiles you want to install. Use a pencil to illustrate the cut points on the tiles. Once you have indicated the cut lines, use a tile scribe to draw a 0.32 cm deep cut line on the tiles.

Next, take a pair of clippers and start removing the unnecessary tile section. Be careful not to snip huge chunks of the tile, especially when you near the cut lines. After snipping away the unwanted part use a tile file to sand down any rough edges.

After this is done, you can now start installing them permanently. On how to cut tile with a wet saw without chipping, using a clipper might not be ideal. This is especially if you have never used them to cut tiles before.

Without experience, you can end up chipping away large and important parts of the tile.

Tools used for cutting tiles

Apart from a wet saw, there are other tools that can be used to cut tiles. These tools are ideal for cutting different types of tiles. Also, some can be used to make angled cuts. Thus if you are wondering how to cut angle in a tile without a wet saw, here are the tools to use.

Manual snap cutter

The most commonly used tile cutting tool, apart from a wet saw, manual snap cutters work the same way glass cutters do. They feature a carbide tool that is pressed against the tile to make a cut.

These tools are best suited for making straight cuts. As the name suggests, a manual snap cutter, require a lot of manual work. However, they are a worthy investment and cost about $200.