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How to cut glass tile using a wet saw

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Today I am sharing how to cut glass tile and what tools I used to install our blue kitchen backsplash. Glass tile, in my opinion, is gorgeous and provides a shimmery reflective look to any kitchen.

Glass tile is especially beneficial in a small and narrow kitchen simply because it acts as a mirror when light hits it. Learning how to cut glass tile wasn’t really that difficult once I got started.

I will admit though, I was nervous at first. I have provided affiliate links to some of the products I used below in case you are interested in purchasing.

How To Cut Glass Tile Backsplash

Cutting glass tile backsplash can be an intimidating task, but with the right tools and a bit of patience it can be done. Start by using a wet saw equipped with a diamond blade specifically designed for cutting glass.

This shot happens to be first thing in the morning when the sun beams through the adjacent window. If you look closely, you can see my reflection on the right side of the picture, above the books. I’m wearing an orange shirt. Isn’t that cool?

First you need to choose your tile. I picked Blue Lagoon, 3 ” x 6″ glass subway style by Daltile. You can purchase this tile from any tile supply store.

Ryobi Wet Saw

I purchased the $125 Ryobi wet saw to complete this project and it’s worth it’s weight in gold! It is super easy to use and more importantly, changing the blade is easy. I like easy! I also purchased a Ryobi “7” blade” wet saw that I bought at Home Depot.

Ryobi 7

I removed the tray guard in some of these pictures below so you could see the actual blade and how the tile pushes up to the blade.

How to Cut Glass Tile Without Chipping

To achieve clean cuts on glass tile without any chips, it’s crucial to ensure that the wet saw tray contains an ample amount of water and maintain a slow cutting speed. This combination ensures precision and minimizes the risk of unwanted damage.

Glass tile is very fragile and you need to push the tile up to the blade very slowly.

Be sure to wear safety glasses as the glass does fly around. Also, beware that your fingers may be cut with small tiny pieces of glass.

I found it difficult to wear gloves and work with the tile but you may want to wear gloves.

Note, tray guard is removed simply for the purposes of these photos. You need to keep the guard on when cutting the tile so you don’t have the glass and water flying out of the wet saw.

This is a messy job for sure!

How to Cut Glass Tile Around Outlets

Below, I am cutting the tile to fit around an electrical outlet. I used a tile marker to measure and mark the tile where it needed to be cut. A crayon also works.

I used this wet saw  for our kitchen and bathroom tiling projects and I am very pleased with it’s performance.

I did purchase 2 7″ inch tile blades because when cutting glass tile, you need a very sharp blade. Be sure to purchase a blade for “glass tile”.

They sell many different types depending on the type of tile you are working with. I think this little guy needs a bath now.

Kind of dirty huh?

FAQs about How To Cut Glass Tile

A wet saw with a fairly new sharp blade is the best tool to cut glass tile. This was my first attempt at tiling a backsplash and the wet saw made cutting tiles so easy.

My new wet saw provided clean smooth edges to my glass tiles and the key is to make sure your blade is fairly new and you have plenty of water in the base of the saw to ensure smooth clean lines.

Glass tile is not hard to install, in fact, I found the entire process seamless and straight forward.

Prior to installing our kitchen backsplash I had never used a wet saw or tiled before. It was a little intimidating but I am here to tell you, there is nothing to be intimidated about. If you are on the fence about how to cut glass tile or any tile for that matter, simply purchase an inexpensive wet saw, the correct blade and choose a pretty tile that you love.

Once you have all the tools and supplies, it’s fairly easy to install.

Other tiling projects you may like are, our Kitchen backsplash  and our guest bathroom mosaic tiles project.

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What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.

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  1. Great advice Jess! We’ve used a wet saw for bricks on our patio, ok, I must confess, HE cut the bricks… I laid them. I do think I could handle the small tiles though. You go girl! It looks fab!

  2. Do you recommend actually buying one or is it only good for 1-2 projects and then useless? We thought about renting one but if it’s cheaper to buy one use it for our projects then sell again we might do that. Did you have to buy a different blade than what it came with or doesn’t it come with one? We are doing backsplash in our kitchen and possibly doing tile work in at least 1 bathroom so we would probably end up renting one maybe 1-2x this year and then maybe another time or two in the next few years. Just wondering….I’m kind of worried my husband will cut off a finger using this but I’m hoping not!

    1. I have been buying new (and/or very close to it) power tools for 20% of retail, often less than that after a spirited haggle, at neighborhood pawn shops for YEARS. I have a workshop full of high-end professional power tools (all bought WAY beyond my skill level at the time) bought for less than half a one-day rental! My most recent gem: a 7″ MK Diamond wet tile saw (retail $ 678), unsealed box but in unused condition, for $45!!!

  3. Thank you for this information. I am about to venture into cutting small mosaic glass tiles using a wet-saw, so I appreciate the information you have provided. One important piece I am missing though.. Is there some type of adapter or device for holding smaller glass tiles so that I don’t need to get my fingers anywhere so close to the blade? Even though you are using a bigger piece of tile shown in the images above, I can’t imagine getting my fingers so close to a blade like that. That seems counter to everything I have ever learn about operating a saw.

    Thanks for providing me with any thoughts or advice on where to find such n adaptor.

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