Can Shelves Be Cut With A Tile Saw?
Posted 07 September 2010 - 08:55 AM
First post here.
I'm putting together a studio after 2 years of classes. I'm going to convert an old electric to a gas raku kiln by turning it horizontal and making a down draft with a flue at the back. Now it will require an odd-sized shelf. Can I cut an old broken shelf down to size with a wet tile saw? The blade is for cutting porcelain tile.
Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:27 AM
Still, I probably wouldn't attempt it as diamond blades are expensive to replace!
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 09:17 PM
Clay type shelves should easily cut with a diamond saw.... but I am not sure about the actual quality of the blade in a "tile saw". My guess, unless it is an expensive unit, is that it is a cheap blade. Likely will cut for a while..... but might not cut too many square inches of shelf before losing it's cutting power.
I ususlly use a large water cooled chop saw with a 12" to 16" diamond blade or bigger for big kiln building projects involving cutting a lot of hard bricks accurately.
In a pinch, a body grinder with a diamond blade will work on a brick. And add in judicious use of a bucket of watrer. But it is dangerous at many levels. I wouldn't try it on a long cut on a shelf.
Why not just order what you need and save yourself the expense and hassle?
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