How to Cut Tile with a Dremel

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A how-to guide on the best way to cut tile using a Dremel.

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Dremels are versatile tools that can be used for a wide range of projects, including cutting tile. While a wet saw is the best tool for cutting tile, a Dremel can be used if you don’t have access to one. Here’s how to do it:

Assemble your materials

Before you start cutting tile with your Dremel, you’ll need to gather a few materials. You’ll need a Dremel tool, a tile cutting bit, a water bottle, newspaper, gloves, and safety glasses.

1. First, assemble your materials. You’ll need a Dremel tool, a tile cutting bit, a water bottle, newspaper, gloves, and safety glasses.
2. Next, set up your work area. Cover your work surface with newspaper to catch any water or tile bits that fly off while you’re working.
3. Put on your gloves and safety glasses.
4. Fill your water bottle and set it within easy reach.

Cut the tile

Start by marking the tile where you want to make the cut. Use a pencil or permanent marker for this. Then, place the tile on a firm, level surface. If you’re working with a larger tile, it’s a good idea to place it on top of a piece of plywood or another sturdy platform.

Next, attach the cutting wheel to your Dremel. There are different types of cutting wheels available, so be sure to choose one that is designed for cutting tile. You will also need to use water for cooling the tile and the cutting wheel as you work.

To begin cutting, slowly guide the Dremel along your marked line. Keep the Dremel moving steadily and don’t apply too much pressure. You may need to make several passes with the cutter in order to completely cut through the tile. As you work, be sure to keep the cutting wheel and tile wet by regularly dipping them in a bucket of water.

Once you’ve cut through the tile, remove any sharp edges by running the Dremel along them with a grinding wheel attachment. Then, wash off any dust or debris from the tile before proceeding with your project.

Finish up

To finish up, cut through the tile along the scored line with a wet saw. If you don’t have a wet saw, you can rent one from a hardware store. Be sure to wear eye and ear protection when using the saw.


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