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Unread 10-04-2017, 08:10 AM   #16
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With the jamb tiles being 3x6 I don't think they'll be of much use because they're narrower than the face tiles.

You really should start the face tile arch at the very bottom of the curved portion since that's where your jamb tiles start to tilt inward. You'll want the face tiles to cover that tilted portion of the jamb tiles. You'll need to cut a face tile down to fit the small width between the top of your existing face tiles and the bottom of the curved portion of the face.

One follow up question: the 24-3/4" dimension you measured. Is it to the inside of the arch surface, or to the inside of the jamb tiles? I really need the distance between the top most jamb tiles (at the bottom of the arch) because the arch face tiles need to cover the jamb tile edges.

Give me a bit and I'll work up some angles...
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Unread 10-04-2017, 08:52 AM   #17
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Yes, 23 3/4's is from the actual tile surface to tile surface Of the TOP of the very first jamb tile from left to right. And what you said is correct, the very first jamb tile that I stopped face tiling at, that is the first tile that starts to tilt inward. So slightly, but does tilt.
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Unread 10-04-2017, 11:50 AM   #18
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Assuming the inner diameter of your arch is 24-3/4" and that it's reasonably circular, you'll want to taper your 4" tiles from the outside corners by 1/2" along 2 opposite sides. This makes the arch tiles parallelograms with the sides angled inward at a bit over a 7.1 degree angle (you don't need to worry about the angle). The inner edges of each tile will be 3" and the outer edge 4".

I would build up each side of the arch individually, starting at the top of the jamb. Then when you get to the keystone you'll just cut it to fit since your arch is unlikely to be perfectly symmetrical anyway.

Note that the first (lowest) tile in the arch will also be tapered by 1/2" on both sides, so the edge of that tile will be just slightly longer than the adjacent edge on the jamb tile. You could correct this by tapering the first arch tiles by 1/4" in stead of 1/2" and also tapering the top of the Jamb tile by 1/4" and mitering them together.

P.S. for those who are wondering how the taper conveniently came out to be exactly 1/2", it's actually 0.5018 inches of taper but very little in the world of construction and tiles is that precise
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Unread 10-04-2017, 01:17 PM   #19
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In pretty floored by the courtesy and helpful responses I've received. I read everything you said warren, and the diagram looks good. If my circle isn't a perfect half circle, than it is close enough that the deviations would only be slight. I am laying out a template anyhow just to compare and essentially trace your design onto mine with far edge 4" and inner edges at 3" so some how that plugs in according to what I've got.
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Unread 10-04-2017, 01:44 PM   #20
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We aim to floor.

Literally...
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Unread 10-05-2017, 05:06 PM   #21
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Thank to the responders on this thread I was able to complete the arch today. Im happy with the result. Just needs grout obviously. But, nice and round 👍🏻
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Unread 10-05-2017, 05:33 PM   #22
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Woo-hoo! Looks great.
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Unread 10-05-2017, 05:35 PM   #23
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Thanks Pete. If it weren't for you and warren I was about to have custom trim cut for it lol.
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Unread 10-05-2017, 06:30 PM   #24
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Yep, nice job.
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Unread 10-05-2017, 06:44 PM   #25
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Looks very nice. Well done.
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nice looking glad it worked out
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Unread 10-06-2017, 04:47 AM   #27
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Great job! It's a happy coincidence that the cut inside edges of of the face tiles turned out to be the same width (3") as the factory edges of the tiles inside the arch.
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