• In this video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and tile installer Chuck Ferrante explain how to cut stone tile.


    1 Place duct tape strip along the tile edge that will be cut.
    2 Put two short tape strips on the floor tile closest to where the cut tile will be installed.
    3 Set tile in place on top of the nearest floor tile, and butted tight to the baseboard.
    4 Mark where the top tile overlaps the floor tile below; draw the lines on the short tape strips stuck to the floor tile.
    5 Move the top tile off to one side.
    6 Set the pencil compass to the equal the distance from the floor tile edge to the pencil lines, plus the width of the grout joint.
    7 Set the top tile back in position, then slide the compass along the baseboard so that it draws a line along the tile.
    8 Place the marked tile on a wetsaw and slowly cut along the line.
    9 Use nippers, if necessary, to snap off small tile pieces.
    10 Test-fit the tile before applying the mortar.
    • 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the tile and complexity of the cut
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      The wetsaw does most of the work, but careful layout and marking is mandatory to ensure a proper fit
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      Tools List

      • pencil compass
        Pencil compass,
        used to scribe the cut line onto the tile
      • wet saw
        used to cut stone tile
      • tile cutter
        Tile nippers,
        for snapping off small pieces of tile

      Shopping List

      1. Stone tile

      2. Duct tape,

      placed on tile for marking cut lines