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.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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