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Posted: January 27, 2009 3:16 AM

How would I go about cutting ceramic tiles to fit around a circular medallion that will be in an entryway?  Thank you.
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Posted: January 28, 2009 3:02 PM

RE: cutting tile flooring to install a round medallion
I am both a tile installer and medallion manufacturer. The best way is to lay the field tiles out underneath where the medallion will rest. Next, place the medallion on top and draw around using a permanent marker. Next, create a numbering system, marking the back of the tile as well as the floor where the numbered piece goes. To make the cuts on a standard wet saw simply make a series of parallel cross cuts about a half inch apart, stopping at the cut line. Then gently break away the cut area and clean up the radius with tile snips and then a grinding stone. You may want to try a few practice cuts before you start. Good luck!

Another alternative is to use a tile bandsaw which will allow you to follow the curve on your cuts, that is if you can find one to rent. The one I use is the Diamond Laser 5000.

 
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Posted: January 28, 2009 3:25 PM

RE: cutting tile flooring to install a round medallion
Thanks Michael.  That was really helpful.  I will be installing this weekend so wish me luck!  I have done ceramic tile installations in the past, never with a medallion.  Anyways, I really appreciate the advice.
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Posted: January 28, 2009 10:59 PM

RE: cutting tile flooring to install a round medallion
Glad I could help. Visit us again and let us know if you need anything else. Good luck on your tile job!
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Posted: January 28, 2009 11:03 PM

RE: cutting tile flooring to install a round medallion
I forgot to mention in my first response that I was assuming you are using a chalk line grid pattern to identify where to lay each piece down. Good luck again!
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Posted: January 29, 2009 12:31 AM

RE: cutting tile flooring to install a round medallion
yes, I am using a chalk line grid.  thanks again!
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