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z4nc 01-23-2006 10:40 PM

Round cuts in Travertine
Hello there, I'm glad I found this forum..I've been reading straight for the since the weekend..great resource for DIYers like myself. The wife finally convinced me to install travertine in the master bath. I read everything I could find on subfloor requirements and prep. My question is more on technique and tools to do round cuts on Travertine. IN my case, around an oval jacuzzi tub. So far I've made a exact template of the outside rim of the tub and overlaid on the tiles, transfering the exact shape onto the travertine tiles. Now that I have them all marked, my basic question is what is the best way to do the inside curve cuts on each of the tiles?.. AS far as tools all I have is a wet saw and a dremel with bit for tile...any advice is appreciated.

NVC 01-23-2006 10:53 PM

Hi Z,

You can cut curved cuts on the wet saw, as long as it's not a hole in the middle of a tile.

Make a bunch of slices perpendicular to the curve, making little 'teeth' about an 1/8" to 1/16" wide, and then break them off, pushing them against each other with your thumb. Then go back and clean the bumps left, against the wetsaw blade grinding/cutting to the line.

hope this helps,

Shaughnn 01-23-2006 11:10 PM

Mark's got you covered there Z. For the cuts you describe, I rarely use anyting but my wet saw and it's 10" blade. For tighter rounds, I'll use a grinder held upside down and pivot the blade on the grinder's housing. Nearly as accurate as a compass if your hand is steady. :)

muskymike 01-23-2006 11:14 PM

Hi Z, welcome! gotta first name we can use? What these guys said. If at all possible I like to have the tub raised up so you can avoid what you have to do and slide the tiles under the tub edge.

Davestone 01-24-2006 06:14 AM

Also, when you go get your angle grinder, be sure to get two blades..one a turbo..for porcelain..the other a continuous rim for stone..so it doesn't chip.

Indiana Floors 01-24-2006 07:02 AM

I concur
I use a hitachi grinder as shaun and dave said you can make a better fit with it.

Wet saw is good but you have less control of the edge.

z4nc 01-24-2006 10:25 AM

wow..thanks for all the replies gang..my first post and 5 quality replies with great advice in less than 24hrs..thank you so much..


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