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Old 12-03-2011, 11:29 AM   #1
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Cutting ceramic tile with a scroll saw?


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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?

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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?

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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.

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

Also available at Sears.

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:09 PM   #6
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Roto Zip also has a tile cutting bit.
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You can buy a small tile saw for $35
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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.
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What do you consider "intricate cuts"? What exactly are you doing?
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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.

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