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welcome to tile coach i'm isaac ostrom

i'm a licensed

tile and general b contractor in

northern california

thank you for watching another one of

our videos so today i'm going to be

showing you how to use a tile saw

and also the three most used cuts that

we do

as tile installers so i'm going to be

showing you how to do a straight cut

i'm going to be showing you how to do an

l cut and i'm also going to be showing

you how to do

a u-cut now i'm going to show you these

three different

cuts on two different types of saw just

in case

you have one that has chop action and

then i'm going to show you how to do it

if your saw does not have chop action so

we're going to start with the dewalt

it's probably the most popular tile saw

on the market today

and what i mean by chop action is that

it has a head that

can go up and down and actually chop

down on top of the tile

where the older saws do not do that so

i'm going to show you first

on the on the dewalt so a straight rip

is pretty

easy it's a pretty you know usually you

just go in

it's when you're going along a wall and

the whole tile needs to be ripped down

you're just going to take that

measurement you're going to make a mark

say 3 inches

you're going to make that mark and then

you're going to come over to the tile


so as you can see with the dewalt i'm

going to adjust the head all the way

down so that it's in its locked position

it's down it's fixed i can't move the

head of the saw

and i got my mark lining up my mark

pretty simple here

so with the straight so with the

straight rip you're just going to line

up your pencil mark

look down on the blade it's a lot easier

to see if you look

down in line with the actual blade

you're going to turn

on the saw and you're just going to push

right through


so so one thing i want you to pay

attention to is that i'm not

forcing the tile saw into the blade i'm

letting the saw blade

kind of dictate how much pressure i'm

going to put onto it because i'll show

you what happens if i start putting too

much pressure

it's just too much for the blade so go

nice and easy


so that nice even sound that you heard

when i gave it

nice easy pressure that's what you want

if you hear the saw kind of

binding up making different sounds that

means you're pushing too hard

you don't want to do that so you can see

we got a nice even cut

piece cut really well and so that's a

straight rip

so leave a really nice finish if it's

going to be an exposed

edge you want to have a rub stone or

some other type of

way to sand the edge

and once you do that it gives a really

nice clean edge

again this is a an edge that can be


an exposed cut it looks just like the

factory edge on the tile so

that's the way to get a really nice even

clean cut

so the next cut we're going to do is an

l cut now an l cut

can be used for cutting around a wall

when two walls come together

it can be used for cutting around an

object but uh

l cuts a real common cut that we make uh


especially when doing floors but uh here

i have another

type of porcelain tile 12 inch by 24.

i'm just gonna make a couple marks

generic marks maybe i go

six inches here and another six inches


and i will

use a speed square speed square is a

really nice tool to have

when you're marking tile

it helps you

get a nice square drawn so i got an

l shape cut here

and so we'll go ahead and i'll show you

how to do that on the dewalt now i could

do this cut on either saw

but since we're using the dewalt now i'm

going to go ahead and do this

same thing that we did with the rip cut

you know we're going to line it up with

our pencil mark

we're going to look right down the pipe

to make sure everything's lined up

and you'll see as i cut when i get to

the the edge here i'm actually going to


lifting up now what lifting up on the

tile does right here

is it allows the curvature of the blade

to cut all the way through to the

the back of the tile because since the


since the blade is round if i were to

just stop it at this point

the cut is going to be angled like this

and it won't be cut through the same

depth all

the way through the tile so you're going

to see me lift up


see so you see by lifting up

see i went right to my pencil line there

and as i lift it up

that helped transfer the cut all the way


instead of leaving more meat of the tile

in the back so

i'm going to do that same thing

as i make the other side of the l

line it up i always close one eye it's

easier for me i close one eye like i'm

shooting a rifle or something really

helps me get the line lined up


so and you'll you'll also notice that as

i got close to the point of the

l i started going really slow

because you don't want to go out past it

you can stay short of it but you don't

want to go past or you're going to ruin

your cut

so you can see now after i made this

l i still have a little bit to clean up

in here

because again the curvature of the blade

doesn't allow to go all the way through

even when you lift up the tile

so i need to clean this up so you can do

this one of two

ways you can flip the tile upside down

and that's going to allow the that's

going to allow it to go deeper

so i'm going to flip this upside down

and i'm just going to go a little bit


or the other thing you can do is hold

the tile

and this is where the chop action comes

in nicely too i can lift the blade up

and i'm probably going to get kind of

wet doing this because it's going to

want to spray but

this is going to allow me to get the

blade the tile

in against the blade like this so you

can see i went

went from the back side and went a

little bit past and and this one i'm

just going to go right in the corner

and this is the way i would usually do

it i would just get in here

and kind of manipulate things with my




now you see we got a really nice nice l

cut cut

all the way through so one thing that's

helpful to do if you

do have a heavy tile and you're trying

to do fine tuning like this

if there's any way that you can rest an

arm that would make it a lot easier

to have stability and control over your

cut as opposed to trying to hold it like

this because these tiles

are actually pretty heavy so there's a

nice beautiful

perfect l cut right there

that again if if this wasn't

exposed if you had baseboard going on it

it it wouldn't be a big deal but if say

if this was like in a shower niche

where it's exposed you got to get these

cuts perfect and that's the way to do it

with an l cut

okay so the last cut i'm going to do is

a u-shaped cut

we got our straight rip we got our l-cut

now i'm going to do

a u-shaped cut so i'm just doing random

measurements i'm going to do 16 inches

and i'm going to do we'll do 11 inches

now i'll do yeah i'll do 11 inches

that's kind of the standard width of a

door jamb

the same thing i'm going to use my speed


and then i'll come up with an arbitrary

measurement here maybe another five


that's why the speed square makes makes


well maybe that's why it's called a

speed square right sometimes the speed

square doesn't reach all the way so i'll

just start it

and then i'll use the edge just as a

straight edge line it up

there we go so this is a u-cut so i'm

going to show it first with the chop

action of the dewalt

so this does this is where

where the dewalt outperforms the target

this this chop action but i can

i can do it both ways



okay so i started on with the u-cut i

made the two straight cuts

with the u and you saw as i lift it up

i'm bringing the blade all the way

through the tile

now i'm going to go ahead and loosen up

the head on

the chop action and so i could lay this

either this way or i could lay it this

way it doesn't really matter

but i'm going to do it this way because

this is my finished line and it's easier

for me to see on this side

so the nice thing about these dewalts

is that i can put the tile completely

under the blade

and bring it down on top of the tile

so i'm going to line it up just like i

would to make a straight line

and so now i'm going to start the motor

leave this

loose and come down on top of it now i

got to be really careful here to not go

past my finish line i got to stay within

the two lines i've already cut

so here we go


so you can see here because of the

curvature of the blade again

it's not cutting all the way through

that that u

you can see on the back side

that's what i got so this still needs to

to come

out and when i with these two cuts you

saw as i lifted up on the tile

it got almost all the way through it not

quite but if you don't lift up on the

tile that's what you're going to have

left on the underside

so we're but we're cut all the way

through on the front

so i could probably just hit this on

something and it would pop off clean

but for the sake of teaching i'm going

to show you how you can cut through the

back side

and now i can run a little bit longer


the curvature of the blade won't go

through the front it'll just be on the


okay here we go

this isn't perfect i mean you can see i

got just

a little bit down here that's going to

show i think

you know if this was was grouded let me

put the

might be easier to see

you know we're a little rough right

there on that corner

i probably could have done a better job

there these inside corners

let me see if i sand them down if

that'll help

but this is a this is a pretty tricky

cut to make perfectly

but again you might need to make it if

you had a shower niche or something like


that's pretty dang good that would pass

in my book some installers might

make their helper do it over again but

that's pretty dang good

okay so that's one way to do the u-cut

okay so i showed you how to do a u-cut

on the dewalt with a chop action now

we're gonna go with the old school


has no chop action at all it's a fixed

fixed cutting head

so i'll show you how i do it real


but i'm not going to be able to chop

down when i make this cut




yeah actually this blade is really dull

and it actually

it's it's warped too you could probably

hear the vibrations in it

i'm going to try sharpening it up a

little bit but yeah

i don't know again i haven't used this

saw in years

and i don't know what blade got put on

here or what but

yeah it's it's not cutting real well


those bearings are bad too so yeah so i

use the uh

the rub stone to dress up the blade here

so we'll see if it cuts a little bit


so now i got to get i got to get my tile

underneath the blade

before so i'm just trying to get the

tray out of the way

and now i'm going to lift

up with the tile to get this cut here





so real quick that's how you would make

the u-cut if you didn't have the chop

action of the dewalt as you saw the chop

action is a great feature

made it a lot easier and simpler

especially if you're just learning

but if you did get into a bind and the

only saw you had was one that doesn't

have a chop

that's how you would go about making a


so as a bonus feature and you know just

just a little treat i'm going to try to

make an

actual hole in a ceramic tile

and you know i'll be going over some

advanced cutting this is

a video for beginners i'm going to be

developing a course so

stay tuned for that make sure to


have your notifications on because in

the coming months i'm going to start

doing courses for you guys

to get better at installing tile but

this is just a little advanced cut a

little sneak peek that i'm going to show

how to do

this would be great if you had like you

know you're installing in a shower

you've got a shower head to cut around

here's a little square in the middle of

a tile so i just marked both sides of

the tile

and i'm going to start

i'm going to start from the front


so i'll be going over stuff like this

more tips and tricks

i'm here to help you guys get better at

what you do maybe you're

an apprentice who just wants to get

better be able to impress

your tile installer you're working for

with cuts like this

maybe you're a do-it-yourselfer who just

wants to do their own project

and do a good job maybe you're just

getting into the trade

and want to learn about more of this

stuff so stay tuned for more stuff

coming up

my point of making these videos is to

help you get better

and once you get better it's going to

have a ripple effect

on not only you your workers your


your family and everything goes from

there so

i really appreciate you guys doing this

this is stuff that was freely taught to


and so i want to just give it back to

you guys so watch those next videos

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