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Cutting Tiles with a Jigsaw: A Comprehensive Guide

Cutting tiles with a jigsaw is possible, but should only be used in emergencies.

Cutting tile can be a challenge, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be made a whole lot easier.

In this article we will show you how to cut tiles with a jigsaw and give you detailed advice and tips to do it as efficiently and safely as possible.

Image of a jigsaw during cutting

1. Why use a jigsaw for cutting tiles?

The jigsaw is a versatile tool that can be used not only to cut wood but also other materials such as tile.

Our expert tip: Please only use the jigsaw as a last resort. Cutting tiles with an angle grinder and a tile cutting disc is much easier. You should also never cut particularly hard tiles with a jigsaw.

With the right saw blade and a few basic techniques, you can make precise, clean cuts through all types of tiles.

2. Choosing the right saw blade

Image of a saw blade for the jigsaw that is unsuitable for cutting tiles

Choosing the right saw blade is crucial if you want to cut tiles with a jigsaw.

You need a saw blade that is specially designed for hard materials such as ceramics or porcelain. Make sure the saw blade is sharp and clean for best results.

2.1 Preparation of the tiles

Before you start cutting, it's important to properly prepare the tiles.

First mark the cutting line with a permanent marker.

You can also apply tape along the cutting line to prevent splinters.

Our tip: The danger of an unclean cutting edge when cutting tiles with a jigsaw is particularly high. Be sure to grind the cut edge with a tile grinding wheel .

2.2 Techniques for cutting tiles with a jigsaw

There are several techniques you can use to cut tiles with a jigsaw.

Some of them are:

2.3 Straight cut

Start at the edge of the tile and slowly follow the marked line. Hold the jigsaw and move it steadily forward.

2.4 Curvy cut in tiles

For curved cuts, you'll need to move the jigsaw slowly and gently. It's important to be patient and not try to force the cut.

3. Safety when cutting tiles with a jigsaw

An image of recommended safety equipment when cutting with a jigsaw

Safety should always be the top priority when working with tools.

Always wear safety goggles and gloves to protect yourself from splinters and dust. Make sure your work area is well lit and free of obstacles.

With the right preparation and technique, you can cut tiles effectively and safely with a jigsaw.

Whether you're a DIYer or a pro, these tips and techniques can help you make your next jigsaw-free tile project a success.

4. Step-by-step instructions: Cutting tiles with a jigsaw

125 mm tile cutting disc in use on a flex when cutting tiles

Step 1: Prepare materials and tools

Before you start the actual cutting process, you should have all the necessary materials and tools ready.

This includes:

  • The tile you want to cut
  • A jigsaw with a special tile saw blade
  • A waterproof marker
  • duct tape
  • goggles and gloves

Step 2: Mark the cutting line

Measure the exact measurements you need for your project and mark them on the tile with a permanent marker. If you'd like, you can apply tape along this line to minimize chipping the tile.

Step 3: Insert the saw blade

Make sure that the jigsaw is switched off and unplugged from the power supply before inserting the saw blade.

Choose the right saw blade for the type of tile you want to cut. The saw blade should be tight and not wobble.

Step 4: Begin the cut

Turn on the jigsaw and start cutting along the marked line.

Move the saw slowly and steadily to get a clean cut.

Step 5: Finish the cut

When you reach the end of the cutting line, turn off the jigsaw and wait for the saw blade to come to a complete stop.

Check the cut and sand down the edges if necessary to remove any sharp spots.

5. Tips and tricks for cutting tiles with a jigsaw

  • Practice cutting on an old or damaged tile before beginning your project. This way you can get a feel for the tool and the process.

  • Always use the correct speed and pressure.
  • Cutting too fast or too slow can result in uneven cuts or even damage the tile.

  • Clean the tile and saw blade after each cut. This helps extend the life of the saw blade and provides cleaner cuts.

With the right technique and a little practice, you can easily and precisely cut tiles with a jigsaw. It's a handy tool that can be valuable for both small home improvement projects and larger renovations. Good luck with your next project!

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