Jig for Snapping Tile with a Manual Tile Cutter

A manual tile cutter is great for cutting porcelain or ceramic tile, but it can be hard to break a small strip off evenly. To solve this problem:

  1. Score the tile.
  2. Place the tile between a jig composed of two 1x4s separated by a strip of wood or plywood the thickness of the tile (usually 5/16”) with the scored line even with the edge of the jig.
  3. Clamp jig and tile securely to a workbench.
  4. Push down on the tile to break it evenly.
  5. Watch this video to find out more.


  1. Looks so easy doesn’t it? To bad it does not work with thicker porcelain tiles. The top piece of wood slides forward and flexes. Even with large c-clamps you cannot keep it from flexing.
    Nice idea, but does not work.


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