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Unread 01-23-2006, 10:40 PM   #1
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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.
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Unread 01-23-2006, 10:53 PM   #2
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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.

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Unread 01-23-2006, 11:10 PM   #3
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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.
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Unread 01-23-2006, 11:14 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 01-24-2006, 06:14 AM   #5
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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.
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Unread 01-24-2006, 07:02 AM   #6
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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.
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Unread 01-24-2006, 10:25 AM   #7
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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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