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Old 06-12-2014, 11:41 AM   #16
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Excellent ! Go for it !
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:27 PM   #17
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That is a rare treasure to find Slate roofing tile 150= years old and never been nailed. ( Actually the slate itself is millions of years old, But in roofing tile form it is not ).

And is going to make a beautiful shower wall.

I am envious of your find.


How do you plan to cut them to fit , as I am fairly sure that your wall is not designed to the specific tile size to be an exact fit?

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Old 06-12-2014, 02:39 PM   #18
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Wet saw probably. I'm going to experiment with cutting them and then making the edges rough to look like they were made to fit.

Unless anyone knows how they would have been cut originally? Because I'd like to end up with the same look to the cuts.

I wish I had the spare $$ to grab another couple hundred to have on hand for future stuff.
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Did you go ahead with this, Michelle?

I had the same idea and just found this thread.
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Michelle, WOW what a neat idea. Looking forward to seeing what it looks like when you are done.
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Still plugging away at it. Being pregnant has slowed me down a LOT.
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A beautiful challenge indeed!
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Wow--what a 'bragging rights' project this will be----

If you want to find out how roof slate is cut---start a thread in 'roofing'--

We have at least two slate roofers here---they will know.
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I remember my Grandpa cutting up a bunch of old chalk boards on a table saw and this was in the day before carbide blades.
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Sorry, as a roofer myself, I should have answered that. I imagine what we use is pretty much the same as what was used 150 years ago. Called slate cutters (quite inventive, I know) in the UK at least.

Easy to use, nice straight cut, not so easy on brittle slates as the slates themselves are harder to work with without snapping. If your slates have been stored then they shouldn't be weathered and brittle though.


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Wow--what a 'bragging rights' project this will be---- .
I hope so! We're going a little "industrial" with this bathroom, so it's a completely new look and feel for me. But I like to try new things... All of my soldier joints are going to be exposed so I have to make them neat... No pressure there!!!! lol
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