Nov 19 , 2018
Become a pro tile cutter
Stone, porcelain and glass tiles offer beautiful options for bath and kitchen tiling projects. But cutting these hard materials presents a unique challenge. Straight cuts are easy to make with a diamond wet saw. But cutting curves and holes requires special techniques.
In this story, we’ll show you how to use an angle grinder with a diamond blade to cut perfect circles and squares in even the toughest tile. You can buy a 4-in. or 4-1/2-in. grinder for around $50 and a dry-cut diamond blade (below) to fit it starting at $20. In general, more expensive blades will last longer. When you’re choosing a diamond blade, look for one with a continuous, rather than segmented rim for the smoothest cut.
Be aware, though, that cutting with a dry-cut diamond blade creates a lot of dust and noise. So make sure you cut in a well-ventilated area (or better yet, outside!) and wear hearing protection, a good-quality two-strap dust mask and safety glasses.