How to Cut Ceramic Tile with a Dremel

A Dremel is a great tool to have in your home, and can be used for all sorts of things. One of the projects that it can be used for is cutting ceramic tile. Cutting ceramic tile with a Dremel is a fairly simple process, but there are some tricks to make sure you get the job done right!

use a dremel to cut ceramic tile

In order to cut ceramic tile with a Dremel, you’ll need:

A dremel tool and cutting wheel. The variety of the cutting wheel is dependent on the thickness of the tile that needs to be cut.

  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Protective eye wear
  • Disposable gloves for your hands

How to Cut Ceramic Tile with a Dremel


1. The first step in this process is measuring out how much space you are going to need for the area where you will be doing work.

2. Once that’s done, set up any materials needed beforehand so they’re within reach when working.

3. Next, place masking tape across an area that won’t get damaged by bits flying out of the Dremel.

4. Measure out and mark off where you want to cut your ceramic tile, then place a piece of masking tape down in that area. This is optional but can help make sure you’re cutting in the right spot so that there are no mistakes or mishaps.

5. Place another layer of protective eyewear over top glasses if needed, as well as use disposable gloves on your hands before turning on the Dremel tool with a cutting wheel attachment. Make sure it’s plugged into an extension cord if used outdoors!

6. Place a Dremel tile cutting bit in the tool and Tighten it. The exact model of the bit will depend on what type you are cutting and the size, but in general a diamond-grit scoring disk is best for most ceramic tiles as it leaves less material to be chipped away later when polishing edges.

7. Plug the tool into a power supply.

8. The next step is holding onto one side of the blade with one hand while using your other hand to use the cutting bit to drill a hole into the tile- then flip the blade over and repeat on the opposite side.

9. Unplug the Dremel tool.

10. After both sides are cut, use a grout removing bit or handheld scraper to remove the excess glaze from between your cuts before using an adhesive sealing compound to make sure it’s waterproofed. Then let dry overnight and install in the desired location!

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