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HandyHunter 12-03-2011 11:29 AM

Cutting ceramic tile with a scroll saw?
 
Hi,

I've started a small tiling project for an entryway and have a few intricate cuts to make. I don't want to shell out for a tile saw and I have 2 more small projects down the road so I would prefer not to have to rent a saw 3 times.

Is there a scroll saw blade made for cutting ceramic tile? If so, what kind and where would I find this?

Thanks!

titanoman 12-03-2011 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by HandyHunter (Post 784889)
Hi,

I've started a small tiling project for an entryway and have a few intricate cuts to make. I don't want to shell out for a tile saw and I have 2 more small projects down the road so I would prefer not to have to rent a saw 3 times.

Is there a scroll saw blade made for cutting ceramic tile? If so, what kind and where would I find this?

Thanks!

I've never seen tile cut with a scroll saw. It would require a masonry blade, which I don't think they make for a jigsaw, though I could be wrong.

ccarlisle 12-03-2011 11:39 AM

What's wrong with a 3" carbide blade on your 4" grinder...?

Blondesense 12-03-2011 11:43 AM

You can pick up one of those small, cheap wet saws for about what it would cost to rent a big one for one day.
That and a diamond drill bit off of ebay worked for me. Tiled a bathroom floor and a shower.

kbsparky 12-03-2011 11:44 AM

You can get jig saw blades for cutting tile by going here.

Also available at Sears.

http://www.hudsonmayor.com/images/31HDRW82CGL.jpg

joecaption 12-03-2011 12:09 PM

Roto Zip also has a tile cutting bit.

rusty baker 12-03-2011 12:13 PM

You can buy a small tile saw for $35

poppameth 12-04-2011 11:20 AM

Any way you look at it is scroll saw is just a bad idea. Those things jerk the wood around too much for me since they move up and down. I can only imagine what that would do to tile. I'm hesitant on a jigsaw as well since you are trying intricate cuts. Grinder or rotozip/dremel bits would be my choice if a tile saw is completely out of the question. My $80 7" saw has been going strong for years though. Well worth the investment.

Bud Cline 12-04-2011 11:53 AM

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have a few intricate cuts to make.
What do you consider "intricate cuts"? What exactly are you doing?

HandyHunter 12-04-2011 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 785750)
What do you consider "intricate cuts"? What exactly are you doing?


Different size radius mostly. I have a rotozip so I think a bit for that will be the trick.

Thanks

HandyHunter 12-04-2011 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Blondesense (Post 784904)
You can pick up one of those small, cheap wet saws for about what it would cost to rent a big one for one day.
That and a diamond drill bit off of ebay worked for me. Tiled a bathroom floor and a shower.


What type of wet saw do you have?

Blondesense 12-05-2011 02:53 AM

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Originally Posted by HandyHunter (Post 786305)
What type of wet saw do you have?

I just looked at the box. It says "Qep", but it is a basic cheap 7" wet saw you can find under many different brand names.

poppameth 12-05-2011 05:49 AM

The QEP is that same one I've got. The only drawback to it is constantly adding water to the reservoir since it has no pump.

Bud Cline 12-05-2011 10:34 AM

Don't expect the Dremel or its tile bits to work.

robertBny 12-06-2011 08:56 AM

Why not just get a budget wet saw from a big box store. They're like $70 including a blade. They're not the greatest saws in the world but they'll make a 100x better cut than a scroll saw or saw zall. I use mine for installing backsplashes. They shoot out more water than a pro wet saw but they cut nice.


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