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Unread 05-30-2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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Travertine Borders?

I have been looking at ceramic and porcelain tile for about two months and am now considering travertine. I've been reading the threads and I have one question. I am attaching a picture of a pattern I really like, but I can't tell how it's bordered on the ends. Can you give me suggestions? Can you leave the travertine unfinished on the ends with some grout on the edges since it doesn't come in bullnose like ceramic tile? I'd like to do a chair rail along the top but I'm not sure how you end it along an open wall. And so I don't have to keep searching the threads, I have two more questions:

What do you seal the travertine with and when? I see you are often saying after you've grouted and keeping the tiles wiped down quickly while you're grouting.

Do you need a stronger blade on the wetsaw than you would for a porcelain tile?
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Hi Palm Beach, Please give us a first name.

The outside corners and edges are simply rounded off with a saw or grinder to make them look like the edges of the tumbled stone tiles. With this particular diagonal layout I would probably incorporate a vertical row of square laid tiles on the ends.
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First name is Nathina. How would you round the chair rail end if there's that big pocket of thinset/mortar showing at the top where it buckles out from the wall?
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Unread 05-30-2008, 09:40 AM   #4
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And another question come to mind now. What do you do in the corner when you use a pencil liner? Would you have to miter the pieces to fit together?
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Unread 05-30-2008, 09:45 AM   #5
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Mitres, Nathina. Chair rail ends with a miter going back against the wall. Pencils are mitered around corners.
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Unread 05-30-2008, 09:46 AM   #6
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a Travertine chair rail shouldnt have a "pocket' or "void" behind it like a Ceramic chair rail.

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you could Miter or do a Return miter to the wall to end it like here:
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Unread 05-30-2008, 11:22 AM   #8
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That looks gorgeous Brian! So, my next question of course is how do you miter on a wetsaw? I'm guessing this would mean renting something special besides a typical wet saw huh?
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No, nothing special to rent. Can make all those cuts on a wet saw.

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Do you need a stronger blade on the wetsaw than you would for a porcelain tile?
No, travertine cuts very easily.
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its all a matter of measuring the angle or making a block to hold the chair rail perfect while cutting it.
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