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Old 08-03-2018, 11:18 AM   #1
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Under Mount Support For Glass And Mosaic On Mesh With Wet Saw


Whats your trick to keep the tiles straight and supported when cutting 12x12 on meshbacking and those pesky small cuts on a wet saw. I've used the cardboard wrapping it comes on and or a piece of 1/4 inch hardboard then adjusted the saw for depth. After a few cuts I move the backer over to get a new cut line.
Thinking, am I missing a good remedy.
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:19 PM   #2
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Re: Under Mount Support For Glass And Mosaic On Mesh With Wet Saw


Why not put a pc of masking tape on the top in the middle of the cut line. Something with a bit of grab, not the easy remove kind.

3M 401+ comes to mind.

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I have a piece of 24x12x1/2" soapstone that I use as a base because the trough on the deck of my DW is a bit wide if the pieces are really small.
A blade width trough is much easier to control.

I teach my guys to keep the sheets dry until they are ready to cut.
I find that the sheets get much more....pliable...after they've been wet.

Luckily, a diamond blade can't really hurt you, so I just hold both sides of each little tile as they pass through the blade to keep everything dead on.
I hold one side firm if I'm removing a sliver.

Tape works.....but the only way to precisely control the tiles against the force of the blade going through them is with fingertips.
Most tape that isn't a PITA to remove doesn't like water too much.
I like seeing things as they are being cut.


But no....no magic bullet that I've ever figured out.
Maybe someone else has......
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Sometimes I hold each piece with another piece against it on the blade side, plus my thumb. Just to keep it from wandering.
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If it's a pain I just cut out the pieces from the backing that need to be cut and cut them individually.
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I just buy mine pre-cut from the tile store , that way I do not have to deal with glass tile that has a metal trim around some, then a porcelain tile that needs a sliver off that's not as wide as the cut out in the deck of my saw.

Did buy some tile a while back that was matted on the face was real easy to cut, In all honesty I have not found a good solution for cutting these small tiles I just went ahead and bought a $150.00 blade hoping it would help.
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I throw a piece of kerdi board on the tray and adjust the depth of the blade when I have to cut small mosaics. It works pretty well

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I mortar the sheet on to Kerdi, let it set, cut.

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I mortar the sheet on to Kerdi, let it set, cut.

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We've been doing this a lot lately.
Total gamechanger.

Niche backs.....accent strips....it's the only way.

Not for full walls yet though.
(Except for that tree of pebbles....which was an absolute nightmare.)
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I mortar the sheet on to Kerdi, let it set, cut.

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Can you do a thread showing this? And showing the installation?
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Can you do a thread showing this? And showing the installation?
Sorry, Iíve retired....from tile. (Iíll see if I can find some pictures, TNT might have some from his jobs)

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We've been doing this a lot lately.
Total gamechanger.

Niche backs.....accent strips....it's the only way.

Not for full walls yet though.
(Except for that tree of pebbles....which was an absolute nightmare.)
I’ve done it on ends of full walls. Just gauge the mortar to make up for the Kerdi thickness. If you’re using Schluter trim, it makes the process very easy.

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