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Cutting subway tile slivers (need 1/4” wide)


Old 09-22-19, 08:08 AM
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Cutting subway tile slivers (need 1/4” wide)

Hey all,

I’m finishing up a fireplace remodel and have used glass 3x6 subway tile for the surround and hearth. I’ve used a standard tile cutter until now and the project has gone great.

I ended up with two rows that require
a small 3/8” wide sliver tile on each end. Anyone have suggestions or tips on cutting such a narrow sliver?
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Old 09-22-19, 04:20 PM
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I would use a tile saw. Other than that you can use a angle grinder and some careful work.
Old 09-23-19, 04:36 AM
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Should have just gotten a diamond wet saw from the start, it's about the only thing that is going to cut anything that thin cleanly!
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I couldn't imagine trying to make that narrow of a cut without a tile wet saw. Plan on having a few extra pieces to make up for the ones you break.
Old 09-23-19, 04:42 AM
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Lowes will cut tiles, Don't know if they will cut yours but I would check. Better than buying or renting for a few cuts. Cuts that small may take several tries as they will break very easy.
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Set up the tile saw guide,
Set the saw blade to cut about a sixteenth of an inch.
Cut the tile on one side then the other.
Raise the blade and cut through.

I would try just a single cut through before the above.
Some tiles cut thin slices good others do not.
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As the others have mentioned, a wet saw (can rent them) or a grinder.
I've used both, and both work as long as you have a good blade on the grinder.
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Ive cut such slivers numerous times on white ceramic subway tile.

a cheap wet saw from harbor freight or princess auto will work. Just use a decent saw blade.

you can buy this type of saw, used for cheap, on kijiji and craigslist. Make your cuts and then resell the saw.
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