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Unread 02-03-2003, 01:46 PM   #1
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How to cut u-shaped tile

What is the best way to cut a wide u in a 16X24 porcelain tile using either/or a hand cutter or wet saw?

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Unread 02-03-2003, 02:26 PM   #2
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A wet saw is the way to go for U and L shaped cuts. A hand cutter is for straight cuts . Some porcelain tile are hard to cut on a hand cutter so I usually just use my wet saw to make all my cuts.
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Unread 02-03-2003, 02:47 PM   #3
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Making the side cuts of the "U" are easy but how do you take out everything in between? Would you make a series of cuts until the "u" is completely cut out? Is there an easier way without making so many cuts?
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Unread 02-03-2003, 03:35 PM   #4
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Yes you can do it the way you explained or to cut the third side take the tile and go under the blade and lift up while it cuts. This can be tricky for a rookie. Some times with a big tile like you have the saw support arm is in the way,in this case you my have to cut the third side with a grinder that has a 4 inch blade. All this depends on what type tile saw you have.
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Unread 02-03-2003, 05:53 PM   #5
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You can make the interior cuts 'some distance' apart (experiment a bit) and the little fingers will snap right off. The, at least with the $79 special I used, you can 'finish' the cut, kind of liek a grinder, just touch the blade and scrape sideways.
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Unread 02-03-2003, 07:40 PM   #6
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Hi Dan, Welcome.

I do it like the other guys. Takes a little doing, and there's really no fast way.
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Unread 02-03-2003, 09:59 PM   #7
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Rotozip with the wheel attachment and a diamond blade. Make your 2 cuts on your tile saw. Then use the rotozip to finish it. Start your cut from the front, then flip the tile over and finish it from the back. Trim up with tile nippers.
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Unread 02-04-2003, 09:00 AM   #8
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Thanks to all for your input!
John - Great site!
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Unread 02-04-2003, 12:36 PM   #9
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Link to concave cuts instructions

Dan,
A while ago, John posted this link in the library:

http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuild...ges/hvt032.asp

it has a good description and streaming video of how to make concave cuts using a wet saw & biters.

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Unread 02-04-2003, 01:09 PM   #10
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Dave,

Thank you very much for the link. How difficult is the nipping with a porcelain tile?

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It can be done, Dan.
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