Cutting Marble !!!

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    Levi_501 Its in The Jeans...

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    Guys I have managed to get hold of some marble out of some old furniture, however as you can guess it needs cutting.

    Any ideas ? I have a skill saw with a diamond tooth blade and water feed so I was going to give that a go.

    I do not really want to pay someone else to cut if I can help it.
     
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    felix part-time Horta

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    Sounds reasonable, I'd definitely use the water feed to keep dust down; wear eye protection and take it slow. Marble (=metamorphosed limestone) isn't very hard actually, so you should have no problems.

    PS. be careful not to force the blade sideways at any point, the stone will probably crack.
     
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    I Used to be in the Tool Hire Trade For 20 Years, You may have a few problems cutting marble,simply a standard Diamond blade would normally burn out the diamond segments used dry,using it wet would help, of course you will have to be carefull,as water and electric dosen't mix !
    I would normally recommend that you use the correct diamond blade for cutting marble. A good place to start is B&Q etc, perhaps one of those Cheap Electric Diamond Tile Cutters will do the job ?
    Hope That Helps
     
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    penance Arrogant Cock

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    I have cut marble with an angle grinder.
    Get a straight piece of steel to use as a guide. Run the blade along it.
    Dont force the blade, let it cut at its own rate, and between each pass pour water over the cut.
    The water is important to stop to much heat build up, that will crack the stone.
    I have cut marble, granite and slate with that method.
     
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    Levi_501 Its in The Jeans...

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    The skill saw is a petrol engined Stihl !

    Something along the lines of:

    http://www.shinyan.com.tw/images/Eng-stihl-16cut.jpg

    I was also going to use a piece of soft wood as a guide, as the diamond will not cut the wood, and metal will blunt the blade if it happens to touch.
     
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    Good grief someone who knows his Metamorphics................... very gniess !
     
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