In this video, This Old House host Kevin O’Connor and tile installer Chuck Ferrante explain how to cut stone tile.
How to cut stone tile
- Place duct tape strip along the tile edge that will be cut.
- Put two short tape strips on the floor tile closest to where the cut tile will be installed.
- Set tile in place on top of the nearest floor tile, and butted tight to the baseboard.
- Mark where the top tile overlaps the floor tile below; draw the lines on the short tape strips stuck to the floor tile.
- Move the top tile off to one side.
- 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.
- Set the top tile back in position, then slide the compass along the baseboard so that it draws a line along the tile.
- Place the marked tile on a wetsaw and slowly cut along the line.
- Use nippers, if necessary, to snap off small tile pieces.
- Test-fit the tile before applying the mortar.