How to Cut Tile Without a Wet Saw

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If you’re looking to cut tile without a wet saw, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do it safely and effectively.

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If you’re tiling a small space or working with delicate, intricate tiles, you may not need (or want) to use a wet saw. While a wet saw is the best tool for the job in most cases, there are alternative ways to cut tile that can be just as effective. Here are a few methods to try the next time you’re tiling a project:

manual tile cutter
For straight cuts on ceramic and porcelain tile, a manual tile cutter is an excellent alternative to a wet saw. These handheld tools look like large pliers and have wheels embedded with carbide teeth. To use, simply score the tile along your marked line and then snap it in two by pressing down on the handles. You’ll need to apply pressure slowly and evenly in order to get a clean break.

tile nippers
Tile nippers look like oversize scissors and can be used to make very precise cuts on small or delicate tiles. They’re also great for trimming away irregular edges from hand-cut or otherwise imperfect tiles. To use, start by scoring the tile along your cut line with a utility knife. Then, holding the tile in one hand, use the nippers to nibble away at pieces of the tile until you reach your desired shape or size. Remember to work slowly and carefully so you don’t accidentally break or chip the tile.

angle grinder with diamond blade
If you need to make curved cuts or detailed designs in tile, an angle grinder fitted with a diamond blade can do the trick. This method is best reserved for experienced do-it-yourselfers, as it requires careful handling to avoid damaging any nearby surfaces (including yourself). Be sure to wear eye protection and gloves when using this method. To get started, mark your cut line on the tile with a permanent marker or pencil. Then, holding the blade at a low angle, slowly guide it along your marked line while applying gentle pressure.

Materials Needed

You will need the following materials:
-A tile cutter
-A measuring tape
-A pencil
-A hammer
-A chisel
-A Wet saw (optional)

Step One: Prep the Area

The first step in learning how to cut tile without a wet saw is to prep the area. You will need to gather all of your materials and make sure that you have a clean, flat surface to work on. You will also need to make sure that the tile is dry and free of any debris.

Next, you will need to mark the line that you want to cut the tile on. You can use a pencil or a pen for this, but it is important that the line is accurate. Once you have marked the line, you will need to use a straight edge to make sure that it is perfectly straight.

Step Two: Score the Tile

After you have your measurements and cuts all mapped out on the tile, it’s time to score the tile. This will be the line that you will snap the tile along to get your perfect cut.

To score the tile, you will need a glass cutter. A glass cutter is a small, hand-held tool that has a diamond or carbide tip. You can find a glass cutter at your local hardware store.

Position the glass cutter on the tile so that the cutting wheel is on the line that you want to snap the tile along. Apply pressure to the cutter and run it along the tile. You should only need to run it along the tile once or twice to score it.

Step Three: Snap the Tile

Now that you have your tile and a scoring tool, it’s time to cut the tile. Start by snapping a horizontal or vertical line with the scoring tool to create a weak point in the tile. You can use a level or ruler to help you keep your line perfectly straight.

For thinner tiles (1/4 inch), you will need to use a wet saw.

Step Four: Clean Up the Edges

Now that you have cut your tile, it is time to clean up the edges. You can use a variety of tools for this, but a rotary tool with a diamond bit is ideal. You can also use a wet saw, if you have one.

Start by trimming any excess tile from the edges of your cuts. Then, use the rotary tool to smooth out the edges. Be sure to go slowly and carefully, as you don’t want to damage the tile. If you are using a wet saw, you can use the same technique or you can use the wet saw to make your final cuts.

Once you have cleaned up the edges of your tile, you are ready to install it.


Though a wet saw is the best way to get clean, professional cuts on tile, it’s not always necessary. If you’re just doing a small project or don’t have access to a wet saw, there are ways to cut tile without one. With the right tools and a little bit of patience, you can get the job done just as well.


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