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Thread: Cutting quartzite

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    May 2010
    Palm Springs area, CA

    Cutting quartzite

    I have an elevated spa with a waterfall into the pool. The waterfall is made of stacked and mortared quartzite ( I believe this is the material, but I'm not a geologist).

    One of the tiles at the top was missing when we moved in. There are some leftover shards of quartzite that I am going to try to hew into the right shape, and then re mortar in place.

    All of the existing tiles look rough-hewn, ie the edges look fairly rough, definitely not cut with a tile saw.

    Is there a tried and true method for cracking quartzite? It is roughly 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Hammer and chisel?
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    Oct 2009
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Cutting quartzite

    Do you have a bunch of extra pieces...I mean, enough to mess up a couple and be OK? I would try cutting it to be close in shape using a tile saw or a grinder, then chipping the edges with a hammer and stone chisel.
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