Cutting small glass tiles


Cutting small glass tiles

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Cutting tiles will work if you score well and then use the machine break tool. The cost of the machines go low to higher and the lower price machine can have poorer machining which can cause bad scoring and mis alignment of the break bar.



Cutting glass is a whole different flied. I've done some stained glass and the tools and machines are completely different. Here is a company that supplies the glass, cutting tools, cutting machines. I'm linking to the company page that has the cutting machines just to show the difference. Past that the company does have some wonderful products. "Nothing in competition with Dremel which has balked me out of project continuously. Heres a link, http://www.delphiglass.com/glass-tools/ring-saws/
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I trimmed my backsplash glass tiles today and wanted to follow up here in case others need to do the same thing. To recap, I installed 1" glass tiles (1/4" thick) as a backsplash in my kitchen and needed to trim about 4 of them for an electrical outlet.



At wayner's suggestion, I used a diamond wheel at lower RPM and light pressure and ... it worked perfectly!



I also have a 662 DR bit that came with cutting oil. I used that oil on the 545 diamond wheel and set my Dremel to 10k RPM, re-oiling frequently. I started out scoring all of the glass with the idea that I'd just try to chip them at the score, but it became clear very quickly that the scores were actually pretty deep cuts and a few passes would be all that was necessary. I also used the side of the wheel to "sand down" the edges of a few more tiles to make the opening perfect for my outlet.



I understand that Dremel officially says that none of their bits are meant for cutting glass. However, at least in the case of my 1" glass mosaic tiles, the 545 diamond wheel worked very well. My tiles have beveled edges (the bevel is on the back); maybe it helped that the actual thickness I was cutting was substantially less than the full 1/4". In any case, the job was done very quickly and easily using my Dremel tool. That $15 diamond wheel saved me an awful lot of work. The alternative was chipping out those tiles, renting a wet saw or paying someone to cut a few of my spare tiles, then mortaring in the new cut tiles and re-grouting the area.



Thanks again for the suggestions -- especially you, wayner!


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Craig

Sunnyvale, California
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JSCALES1 (10/31/2010)
My husband and I are putting up a glass tile back splash in the kitchen. We are having problems with the tile cracking when we use the tile cutter the home store told us to use. So we went with our 2nd option and took the tiles back to the store marked with our cut lines (as they suggested) so they could cut it for us. However, they couldn't do it. So we purchased a Dremel and were told to use the diamond tip however we are finding actually cutting the tiles to be hard. I did some searching and found a Dremel Diamond Wheel. Will this head work for cutting small glass tiles without cracking them? Any help is appreciated!



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My husband and I are putting up a glass tile back splash in the kitchen. We are having problems with the tile cracking when we use the tile cutter the home store told us to use. So we went with our 2nd option and took the tiles back to the store marked with our cut lines (as they suggested) so they could cut it for us. However, they couldn't do it. So we purchased a Dremel and were told to use the diamond tip however we are finding actually cutting the tiles to be hard. I did some searching and found a Dremel Diamond Wheel. Will this head work for cutting small glass tiles without cracking them? Any help is appreciated!





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JSCALES1 - Sunday, October 31, 2010
My husband and I are putting up a glass tile back splash in the kitchen. We are having problems with the tile cracking when we use the tile cutter the home store told us to use. So we went with our 2nd option and took the tiles back to the store marked with our cut lines (as they suggested) so they could cut it for us. However, they couldn't do it. So we purchased a Dremel and were told to use the diamond tip however we are finding actually cutting the tiles to be hard. I did some searching and found a Dremel Diamond Wheel. Will this head work for cutting small glass tiles without cracking them? Any help is appreciated!

Hello - Dremel does make a "Diamond Wheel"; however, it's not specifically called out to cut GLASS.  It will cut, saw and carve in hard materials such as marble, concrete, brick, porcelain, ceramics, hard epoxy, soft and hard wood and granite, again, not for glass.  For the job you are doing, at this time, you probably would want to consult with someone that does stained glass and see what they are using.  I'm sorry I wasn't able to give you a better answer.  Should you have any future questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us again either by "Messaging" us, or "Emailing", "Skyping", "Chatting" or just give us a call on our toll free number of 1-800-437-3635, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, CST, to speak to a representative in person.  Any of us would be happy to assist you.  Thank you for your question. 


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