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How to Cut Stone Pavers

Updated February 21, 2017

Builders value stone pavers for their strength, durability and beauty are necessary. Whether you're laying a small garden pathway or setting a new driveway or patio, you'll probably use the pavers in large numbers. You'll also probably need to cut the pavers to fit a surface edge or around an obstacle. For large numbers of uniformly cut stones, you're best option is using a machine to do the cutting for you, but for individual pavers, it's possible to cut them by hand in a way that's quick and mess-free.

Measure the space where you intend to place the cut paver. Transfer that measurement to the paver and mark a line across the stone with a pencil to serve as a cutting guide.

Score a line along the stone using a cold chisel and a hammer. The scored line needs to be only a slight groove in the face of the stone along the marked cutting line. Score the paver along the sides where you wish the make the cut and the rear of the paver as well so that there's a groove going entirely around the perimeter of the stone.

Place the stone onto a piece of wood with the scored line centred on the wood's surface.

Strike the stone with a maul along the scored line to split the stone. One firm blow should be sufficient to split the paver neatly; if not, then score the line a little deeper and try again. Place the cut stone paver into position and continue laying your surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paver
  • Pencil
  • Cold chisel
  • Hammer
  • Wood board
  • Maul
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