Lay the tiles out over the area where they will be installed in a dry-layout. A dry-layout is when you place all the tiles without using mortar to determine where the cuts will be.
Mark the tiles to be cut with a straight edge (such as a ruler) and pencil. Even with larger tiles, it's important that grout joints line up properly, so be sure to mark the tiles clearly.
Fill the tile saw with water to keep the blade cool, and turn on the blade. Position the tile on the saw table, with the pencil mark lined up with the blade. Using steady speed and pressure, push the tile directly into the blade with your hands holding the tile on either side, away from the blade. When the tile has been cut through, pull the tile and table back toward you to free the cut pieces of tile.
Things You Will Need
- Tile saw
- If chips are showing up in the surface of the tile after cutting, flip the tile upside down to pass it through the saw, and push it through faster. This will minimize surface chipping.