How to Cut Natural Stone Tile

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How to Cut Natural Stone Tile
Learn how to cut natural stone tiles. (tile layer image by Greg Pickens from

Natural stone tiles can be used in various rooms in your house or apartment to create an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Natural stone tiles come in many different colours. Because the tiles are natural, each tile will vary slightly from the tile next to it. If you're installing the natural stone tiles yourself, you'll need to learn how to cut them, as the cutting procedure is different from other types of tiles.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Diamond blade wet saw
  • 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Draw a straight line on your natural stone tile where you want to cut it. Use a pencil so you can easily remove marks after you cut the stone.

  2. 2

    Place the stone tile on the wet saw table and adjust the guide so that the cutting blade from the saw lines up with the mark that you made with the pencil in Step 1.

  3. 3

    Slowly push the tile forward as the blade cuts through the stone. You'll notice that a lot of water sprays from the nozzle as you're cutting. This will prevent the stone from cracking or chipping. Cut the stone tile about half way through.

  4. 4

    Turn the stone tile 180 degrees and begin cutting from the other side of the line you drew with the pencil. Do this until you complete the cut.

  5. 5

    Sand any rough edges using 200 grit wet/dry sandpaper.

  6. 6

    Take a damp cloth and remove any excess pencil marks on the stone tile.

Tips and warnings

  • If your stone tile is granite, then you'll need to use a special rub stone instead of sandpaper.
  • Some natural stone tiles crack and crumble easily. Use caution when cutting the stone.
  • Wear protective goggles and gloves when working with a wet saw.

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