Quick and easy plunger style tile cutter. I saw this design in a book called Handmade Tiles by Frank Giorgini. It’s made from a scrap of 3/4″ plywood, galvanized sheet metal, masonite, dowel rods and a paint stirring stick.
We wanted 6″ square tiles so I cut the plywood to 6-3/8″ to allow for shrinkage. Then I cut a strip of sheet metal 1-3/4 x 26″. Line the metal up with one corner and the top edge of the plywood and staple or nail the metal to the plywood. You then bend the metal around the first corner. I had a piece of ply the same size that helped with using a hammer to bend the metal nice and square. Nail the second side and repeat for the third and forth. Then wrap the excess over the first side. Cut a piece of masonite a tiny and I mean a tiny bit smaller than the plywood. If you make it too small you will see an indention in the tile. Drill a couple 1/2″ holes or what ever size match the dowels you intend to use. Hold the masonite up against the plywood and use a pencil to trace the holes onto the masonite. Drill holes in the middle of the markings with a countersinking bit so the drywall screws don’t stick out. The hardest part is drilling holes into both ends of the dowels. You have to do it or they will split. Stick the dowels through the plywood and screw the masonite to the dowels, then attach some sort of handle.
For use we cut a piece of paper 6″ square and laid it on the slab where we wanted to cut and position the cutter over the paper and push down. Lift by the handle and move the cutter to a board and hold the plunger down while lifting the cutter. The paper will assist by not letting the clay stick to the masonite.
6″ Plunger Tile Cutter
April 7, 2010 by scottinjupiter