How to Cut Fieldstone
Fieldstone is a popular stone used in patios and fireplace veneers. Originally fieldstone was typically used in the buildings and around farming properties. Every spring farmers cleared fieldstone from their fields in preparation for planting. These stones lay deep in the earth and were heaved upward with the winter frost. Today, this popular rock is easy to install in various places around your home and yard. Learning to cut fieldstone helps you form these often uniquely-shaped stones into a uniform look for your patio.
Determine where the fieldstone needs to be cut. Mark the cut lines on the fieldstone with a dark marker or pencil.
Place a diamond tipped masonry blade on a circular or tile saw. If you are using a tile saw, you may need to remove the protective cover from the top of the saw so the thick fieldstone can fit through the saw.
Cut the fieldstone with the tile or circular saw. When using a circular saw, prop the fieldstone up on something like a sawhorse while it is cut.
Finish breaking thick pieces of fieldstone with a hammer. In places where the fieldstone is thicker than 1 inch, the saw will not completely cut through it. Use a mallet or hammer to finish breaking the stone to size.
- Manufacturers do not recommend removing the protective cover from a tile saw. The protective cover is intended to prevent injury during saw use. Use protective goggles when cutting stone.
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