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Old 01-03-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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Hello,
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.

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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??
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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?

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