If you are considering doing a tile project, where you will inevitably need to cut some of the tiles to fit your space. The Dremel is another option among power tools for cutting various materials, and one that you can easily manage for your DIY projects.

About Dremel

Dremel is actually a brand name of American power tools, quite renowned for its rotary tools. In 1932, Austrian immigrant Albert J. Dremel established the company in Racine, Wisconsin.

Today it is a part of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. Dremel produces various types of power tools and many wheels, bits, and tool attachments depending on what the tool is to be used for.

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If you don’t have a tile saw or for instance an angle grinder, a Dremel tool can be used to cut tile as these tools are designed to penetrate tough materials.

Cutting Loose Tile with a Dremel

How you proceed in cutting tile with a Dremel will depend on whether you need to make a cut that is in a straight line or a shape to fit pipes or fixtures in a bathroom or kitchen tiling project.

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Necessary Tools

  • Dremel Multiuse tool
  • Dremel tile cutting tool kit or
  • Dremel n. 562 tile bit for shapes
  • Dremel n. 545 diamond blade wheel for straight cuts
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Dust Mask
  • Pencil or marker
  • Rubber clamps for securing the tile

Step 1: Prepare the Tool

Make sure your tool is unplugged. You will need to attach a cutting tool, spiral cutting bit, or rotary cutting attachment to your Dremel multipurpose tool. Refer to the Dremel owner’s manual for attachment.

Step 2: Marking

Draw the line or shape on the tile that you wish to cut. Wear your safety glasses or goggles and a protective dust mask.

Step 3: Secure your tile into position for cutting

Using at least a pair of rubber clamps, you will secure the tile for cutting to your workbench or table. The part that you need to cut should hang off the workbench. Clams should be rubber to prevent damage to your tile.

Step 4: Cutting

Plug in and turn on your Dremel tool. Position the tool wheel n. 545 at the beginning edge of the tile if you are cutting in a straight line. For a shape, push the Dremel bit n. 562 into the tile.

Using both hands, guide the tool along the marked line or shape without applying excessive pressure. The cutting tool should work for you while you simply guide it. This will protect your tile from cracking and the cutting tool from wearing out rapidly.

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Step 5: Finishing

As you arrive near the end of the line you are cutting, begin to slow down your pushing of the tool so you don’t cut past where you marked. When you arrive at the end of a shape, stop pushing your tool and lift it gently away from the tile.

If you are cutting a straight line, push through the end allowing the excess tile to drop. This procedure should be repeated for any and all cuts you need to make.

Cutting Installed Tile with a Dremel

Step 1: Prepare the Tool

Make sure your tool is unplugged. You will need to attach a cutting tool, spiral cutting bit, or rotary cutting attachment to your Dremel multipurpose tool. Refer to the Dremel owner’s manual for attachment.

Step 2: Marking

Draw the line or shape on the tile that you wish to cut.

Step 3: Cover

Cover any surfaces or anything nearby that you wish to protect from dust with plastic. Secure the plastic with tape. Wear your safety glasses or goggles and a protective dust mask.

Step 4: Cutting

Plug in and turn on your Dremel tool. Push your tool bit n. 562 into the material’s surface beginning at a 45° angle. When the tool has entered, adjust the angle to 90°, or push the tool wheel n. 545 directly into the tile at a 90° angle.

Guide the tool along the marked line or shape without applying excessive pressure. The cutting tool should work for you while you simply guide it.

Step 5: Finish the cut

End cutting when you have completed cutting along the line or shape you marked. Pull the tool out and unplug. This procedure should be repeated for any and all cuts you need to make.

Cutting Stone Tile with a Dremel

This is a similar process to cutting other types of tiles. The Dremel diamond tool wheel n. 545 is manufactured to cut through hard surfaces and materials.

Step 1: Prepare the Tool

The tool should be unplugged during bit or wheel attaching. Attach the cutting tool to your Dremel multipurpose tool. Refer to the Dremel owner’s manual for attachment instructions.

Step 2: Marking

Draw the line on the tile that you wish to cut. Wear your safety glasses or goggles and a protective dust mask.

Step 3: Secure your tile into position for cutting

Using at least a pair of rubber clamps to protect the tile, you will secure the tile for cutting to your workbench or table. The part that you need to cut should hang off the workbench.

Step 4: Cutting

Plug in and turn on your Dremel tool. Position the tool wheel n. 545 at the beginning edge of the tile. Using both hands, guide the tool along the marked line without applying excessive pressure. The cutting tool should work for you while you simply guide it.

Step 5: Finishing

As you arrive near the end of the line you are cutting, push through the end allowing the excess tile to drop. This procedure can be repeated.

The Bottom Line

Your Dremel tool can be used as a high-powered cutting tool with the correct attachments.

For DIY home improvement projects, you can easily cut tiles for your bathroom or kitchen renovation and make all the necessary cuts whether straight lines or shapes to complete your project with your Dremel tool, the necessary bits, and rotary wheels, and a bit of practice before you begin.

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