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gramps416 01-03-2009 04:21 PM

porcelain tile questions
I have decided to install porcelain tile in my bathroom.

I wish to take a little extra time in the design pattern of the tiles themselves, to try to make something eye catching

I have bought the 12" x 12" tiles for the floor, but I was not able to locate the 6" x 6" equivalent tile for the walls.


Is it possible to cut those tiles with a wet tile saw to make 4 6x6 tiles from one 12x12", and use them on the wall?

The porcelain tile I am using has a pre-finished surface on it.

And, it is possible to file down the edges of newly cut 6x6's to make the beveled edge?

any thoughts or alternatives to this solution??

angus242 01-03-2009 05:58 PM

I would recommend against cutting the tiles down to size. I don't think you'd be able to recreate the factory edge over that many cuts.
What about a similar tile in the size you want, perhaps in a complimentary color?

gramps416 01-03-2009 07:45 PM

I think i will try that. You are right about the quality of the cuts.

Chemist1961 01-04-2009 06:14 AM

Angus has a good point. All the porcelain that I've worked with I can cut with a diamond blade but not file. It is tougher than hardened steel and will burn out carbide bits, so if you need to drill for any fixtures get a bit rated for glass. You may be able to cut a bevel with a diamond saw or wet saw but you'll probably grow new teeth faster than filing a bevel to match the factory detailing.

Bob Mariani 01-04-2009 07:54 AM

The bevel can be made quickly with a cone diamond shaping stone from a stone retailer. But as mentioned...never will look like it should. Color at the edges (glazing) is missing.

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