I am looking for a tool I can use to make angular and round cuts on 12"
ceramic tiles. I habe a tile cutter, just the basic $30 cutter but need
something better. Would a small hand held grinder work. Its for a small
bathroom job I'm doing.
Sure. Use a diamond wheel though and cut from the back of the tile.
In fact, a grinder was the only way I could make plunge cuts in some
zirconia (very hard) tile I used in my bathroom remodel.
The RotoZip tool with the tile cutting blade is as good as a jig saw would
be in wood. You can freehand cut any contour or use a guide for smoother
A dremel with appropriate bit would probably also work but much slower.
QVC, the shopping channel, had this German hand held glass cutter with a
diamond wheel that would cut straight or curves on glass, tiles, paper,
leather, etc. Looks very impressive but don't know if it really works as
well as the demonstration.
Another cool tool is the wet scroll saw with a diamond blade featured on one
of the This Old House series. I have a hacksaw with a round wire carbide
blade that should also do curves but have not used.
Low tech solution is a rod saw. That is - surprise - a rod with carbide
sintered to ir. Goes in a hack saw frame.
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Dremel with a LOT of cut-off disks
Had to cut an outlet in the center of a tile. Took me about 4 packs of
25 cut off disks. Wasn't pleasant, but looked great when done.
Just another suggestion, but is VERY, VERY time consuming.
If you are talking about wall tiles, then the Home Depot $6 Dremel bit
for ceremic works great. It still takes 30 seconds to a minutes to cut
an outlet hole however. The bit can probably make ten holes before
I have had good luck with the rod saw method -- it's low tech, cheap, a
little time consuming but you have pretty good control. Practice on a
scrap piece first. If you have a workbench clamp, clamp the tile
between two pieces of scrap wood. For interior holes you can start
with a tile cutting drill bit (the kind that looks like a little spear)
then thread the hacksaw blade through the drilled hole. The rod blade
is round in cross section so you can take your cut in any direction
without changing the angle of the hacksaw frame.
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