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amakarevic 04-08-2013 07:28 PM

How difficult is it to cut a big (flange) hole in brittle marble tile?
 
I am just asking this question here because, even though I will not be laying my tiles myself, my tile setter is currently overseas and inaccessible yet I am designing the floor tile pattern.

I am using 12" marble tile for the floor. My dilemma is whether to design the pattern so that I have two tiles with cut out semicircles meet around the flange or to have one whole tile with a full circle inside of it go all the way encircling the flange.

I would prefer to be able to do the latter (single tile with a large hole), however, given the material and size, I am not sure if that is possible. I think that the former is certainly possible but from the aesthetic perspective, I would like my pattern to involve one large tile around the flange.

I have heard that marble is really brittle and making fancy cuts is hard.

framer52 04-08-2013 07:50 PM

Cutting it out of two is easier but one is possible.

amakarevic 04-08-2013 07:56 PM

Thanks. BONUS QUESTION: What tool can you use to make circular cuts in tile? Can you use a jigsaw with a special blade?

retired guy 60 04-08-2013 08:15 PM

This might work.
http://www.harborfreight.com/9-piece...kit-68116.html

joecaption 04-08-2013 09:05 PM

Got a picture of this flange. Without a picture were all just guessing what it is your trying to really do.

amakarevic 04-08-2013 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1155063)
Got a picture of this flange. Without a picture were all just guessing what it is your trying to really do.

really, a picture? how hard is it to visualize a circle on the floor? a perfect, round circle. no other variables involved.

it's not like one side of the circle is skewed. it's just a collection of points equally distanced from the center.

just .... a circle, Joe

joecaption 04-08-2013 09:18 PM

Ok, 1" circle, 2", 10" circle?
Guess your ok with a bunch of usless guesses.
Totaly differant tools needed for differant sized circles.

r0ckstarr 04-08-2013 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amakarevic (Post 1155006)
I am just asking this question here because, even though I will not be laying my tiles myself, my tile setter is currently overseas and inaccessible yet I am designing the floor tile pattern.

I am using 12" marble tile for the floor. My dilemma is whether to design the pattern so that I have two tiles with cut out semicircles meet around the flange or to have one whole tile with a full circle inside of it go all the way encircling the flange.

I would prefer to be able to do the latter (single tile with a large hole), however, given the material and size, I am not sure if that is possible. I think that the former is certainly possible but from the aesthetic perspective, I would like my pattern to involve one large tile around the flange.

I have heard that marble is really brittle and making fancy cuts is hard.

Got a picture of what you're trying to do?

tribe_fan 04-08-2013 11:19 PM

I would use a diamond hole saw , but they get expensive the larger the hole.

oh'mike 04-09-2013 06:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amakarevic (Post 1155025)
Thanks. BONUS QUESTION: What tool can you use to make circular cuts in tile? Can you use a jigsaw with a special blade?

For the toilet hole---

A 4 1/2" angle grinder with a diamond blade is what most setters use---

Sometimes I'll set the tile into a flat pan with enough water to cover the tile--

oldhouseguy 04-09-2013 08:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1155242)
For the toilet hole---

A 4 1/2" angle grinder with a diamond blade is what most setters use---

Sometimes I'll set the tile into a flat pan with enough water to cover the tile--

Do you pretty much just cut a square section out or can you get a circle shape with that?

retired guy 60 04-09-2013 09:07 AM

amakarevic:
joecaption's question was better than my response. The size of the hole will certainly determine the method and tools needed for cutting your marble tile. I took the liberty of making an assumption as to what you want to do. Also, diamond hole saws are great for pros but for a one shot use a bit expensive.

oldhouseguy:
You can cut a circle with an angle grinder. It won't be perfect but any imperfection will be hidden by the toilet. Suggest you practice on a tile or portion of a tile you intend to discard.

oh'mike 04-10-2013 06:41 AM

Retired guy is rift----no problem cutting a large circle with the diamond grinder----

Marble is very soft----the grinder will cut that easily.


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