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Unread 10-25-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Machine for cutting grooves into tile for stair tread...?

Looking to purchase a machine that can cut stair treads into tile.

You know, the 3 strips at the nose of tile some may have seen in commercial jobs?

Wondering if there is any other options, like making a very rough pass approx 1/8" thick and 2" wide at 40 grit may look more attractive?

I would imagine this would only be done on thru/full body tiles (not glazed porcelain or ceramic)

Thanks for the advice,
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Unread 10-25-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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unclejemima, I'm sure we've asked you before, but would you please put a first name into a permanent signature line for us to use? Thanks.

Not sure why you'd wanna do that when several companies make specific products to put such nosings on tiled stair treads. One such that springs to mind is Schluter Systems. Google them up and look for a listing of their many, many profiles and see if one won't fit your application.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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One thing you'd be opening yourself for is liability if this is commercial work. If someone slips on the stairs and sues, then you can't point the finger at the tile manufacturer as they have been altered.
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Unread 10-25-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Signature added. I just did not know how to add it. Hopefully it shows now.

I've had people ask for it before. I know a company called Olympia tile that will cut stair treads into any of their full body tiles.

I'm thinking this is more a 'old school' thing. I agree with products like Schulter profiles and nosing, this seems rather old fashioned.

Olympia has a special machine and will cut the treads on a per order basis. Just wondering if there is any way we could do it on our own...?
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Unread 10-25-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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You could build a jig to hold a angle grinder at the right depth and guide it across the tile.
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