Cutting Ceramic Tile
By: Danny Lipford
Cutting ceramic tile isn’t that difficult, if you have the right tool and know how to use it. Tile can be cut using a manual tile cutter to score and snap the tile, or a motorized wet saw which cuts tile with a diamond tipped blade.
Watch this video to find out more.
- Tools Used to Cut Ceramic Floor Tile (video)
- Cutting Tile or Brick with a Wet Saw (video)
- Jig for Snapping Tile with a Manual Tile Cutter (video)
- How to Lay a Tile Floor (article)
Almost every ceramic tile project will eventually involve some cutting. For straight cuts a manual scoring tool will do the job, if you get a quality one. You line up the cut and run the scoring wheel over it a few times, then firmly press down to snap the tile cleanly.
For more complex cuts you’ll need to rent a wet saw. This tool uses a diamond tipped blade and a constant stream of water to keep it cool as it cuts. It makes quick work of most cuts, but it’s important not rush the tiles through the saw. Take your time, and make clean cuts.