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Unread 02-19-2017, 06:16 PM   #1
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cutting small hex tiles

Hi,

I need to cut small (2x2") hex tile to align them on one edge to get small triangular shape ends that will fit between the full pieces.

Thus far my attempts at cutting the pieces have resulted in small pieces that are always chipped- I have tried manual cutter, dremel with diamond wheel and wet saw to no avail. Would appreciate any tips to even cut pieces without their edges breaking up on me.

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Unread 02-19-2017, 06:19 PM   #2
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You might find that using a piece of 1/4" Luan or a piece of plywood that can be set on the wet saw as a base might help. You will need to adjust the blade up to where it just barely scores that material, but cuts the mosaic cleanly. Make sense?
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Some snap cutters are far, far better than others on mosaics. But they are also a few hundred $. Are you a professional tiler that might be able to justify a new purchase?

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Tape, mark, then cut? What kind of tile?
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This part of your backsplash project, Sam?
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Not backsplash but had extra tiles leftover so started a new project.

Ryan, the tiles in question are ~ 2.5 x 2.5 hexagonal ceramic 5mm thick.

Laz, I will try to glue individual tiles on plywood and try your technique after taping them on top to reduced chipping.
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Laz wasn't intending for you to glue any tile to the plywood. He's merely suggesting you use a piece of plywood as sort of an "auxiliary tray". It will lay on top of your sliding tray. You'll have to adjust the sawblade higher than it's been so that the bottom of the blade just kisses the plywood. Laying the tile on this auxillary tray will keep the tile steady and well supported as you cut...resulting in a better cut.

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Correct. Thanks, Bubba.
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Thanks Tonto. You just saved me a lot of hassle.
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....or you could glue 'em to the ply.
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