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Jig for Snapping Tile with a Manual Tile Cutter

By: Joe Truini

A manual tile cutter is great for cutting porcelain or ceramic tile, but it can be hard to break a small strip off evenly. To solve this problem:

  1. Score the tile.
  2. Place the tile between a jig composed of two 1x4s separated by a strip of wood or plywood the thickness of the tile (usually 5/16”) with the scored line even with the edge of the jig.
  3. Clamp jig and tile securely to a workbench.
  4. Push down on the tile to break it evenly.
  5. Watch this video to find out more.

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  • Bryan Says:
    November 11th, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Looks so easy doesn’t it? To bad it does not work with thicker porcelain tiles. The top piece of wood slides forward and flexes. Even with large c-clamps you cannot keep it from flexing.
    Nice idea, but does not work.


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Jig for Snapping Tile with a Manual Tile Cutter