# How to Make Curved Cuts with a Wet Saw

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Cork-backed steel ruler
Mathematical compass
Stone tile grinder
Tile nippers
Grease pencil
Safety glasses
Snug fitting textured rubber gloves

Use a diamond-bladed wet saw for cutting curves into granite tiles, other natural stone tiles and ceramic tiles. With a bit of practice you can cut beautifully-smooth curves into your tiles easily and effectively. Follow these directions to make curved cuts with a wet saw.

## Step 1: Measure and Mark Curves

Measure the radius of your curve from the center to the outer edge with a tape measure. For circles smaller than 12 inches in diameter, use a steel ruler with a cork backing to reduce slippage. Draw the curves and circles you want with a mathematical compass with a grease pencil mounted in the pencil holder. Outline the outside edge of the curve with masking tape.

## Step 2: Prepare the Wet Saw for Operation

Plug in the wet saw and clear the saw table of any dust or stone slivers. Ensure a steady clean supply of water to flow over the blade. Turn on the saw and allow the blade to become completely wet before cutting.

## Step 3: First Cut - Clear Away Excess Material

If you are cutting a curve that is less than a full circle, make two straight cuts to the inner curve, forming a right angle. Pull away the stone or ceramic tile carefully to avoid cracks or splinters.

## Step 4: Next Cuts - Cut Thin Slivers of Tile

For the next cuts, place the blade so it will cut toward the inside of your curve at a right angle. The slivers will look like wheel spokes. Cut these slivers at 1/2 inch intervals around the curve. As you get more comfortable with the blade action, you can cut slivers as narrow as 1/8 inch. Remember to stop just at the edge of the curve. It is better to cut too short a sliver than go through the outer edge.

## Step 5: Remove the Tile Slivers

Grasp each sliver with the tile nippers and move the sliver up and down slowly to break it off as close to the curve as possible.

## Step 6: Smooth Out the Interior Curve

Going slowly around the interior curve, press the material up against the diamond blade, lifting it at a small angle, just 1 or 2 degrees, to shear off any tiny slivers that remain. Use slight sideways pressure to prevent damage to the diamond blade.

## Step 7: To Cut A Full Circle

For holes less than 4 inches in diameter, use a correctly-sized hole saw to cut the circle. For holes more than 12 inches in diameter, cut a 4-inch hole in the center. Draw additional circles on the material at 2-inch intervals. Use a grinder to widen the circle to a point where you can insert the wet saw blade to make the sliver cuts described in Step 4.

## Step 8: Safety Tips for Cutting Curves with a Wet Saw

Always wear eye protection when cutting stone or ceramic tiles with a wet saw. Wear snug-fitting, textured rubber gloves while cutting any tile on a wet saw to prevent material slippage and injury.