A Guide on How to Cut Stones without Splitting them. A blog about cutting and edging stones,with examples of different types of edging stones, including how to select them to use and how to properly finish either end.


Cutting and edging stone is one of the oldest art forms. From Roman times through medieval times, people have used stones of all shapes and sizes to build churches, castles and other structures. It’s also one of the most popular DIY projects today.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to cut, edge or trim stones so that they fit together perfectly—without splitting them or creating any cracks! We’ll also cover how to make bullnose edges on bricks (perfect for fireplaces) and smooth out rough edges on larger slabs for countertops or flooring.

Here are our top tips for cutting granite:

Choose the right stones for cutting and edging.

The first thing you will want to do is choose the right stone for the job. If you are wanting a softer and more natural look, then you may want to consider granite, marble or slate. These are all easy stones that do not require much maintenance or upkeep once installed. Some people prefer harder materials in their homes because they feel that these materials last longer and can withstand more wear and tear from everyday usage such as children playing in their rooms or pets scratching at them with their claws. Stone countertops made of quartzite, limestone or travertine have been proven over time to hold up well against these types of activities which makes them an ideal choice if durability is important to your project’s success.

If this seems like too much work for someone who just wants a good looking kitchen countertop then consider using soapstone because it comes in many different colors including white but also browns and black which makes it very versatile when choosing what color scheme best fits within your home decorating preferences.”

Prepare the stone.

  • Clean the stone. Cleaning your stone will help you determine its size and shape, which is important for selecting the right edging material.
  • Determine how much of the stone needs to be removed so that it fits inside your patio or walkway area.
  • Mark the area where you want to cut with a pencil; use a long ruler as well, so that all marks are made in straight lines (and not at an angle). Make sure everything is level by placing some flat stones on top!
  • Cut through large pieces of slate with a saw or masonry blade, depending on what type of edging material you’re using (check out Resources below). For smaller pieces of slate like those used for landscaping paths and patios/walkways, use an angle grinder equipped with either diamond blades or carbide-tipped grinding discs—these tools work best for small projects like this one because they don’t require much pressure when cutting across large slabs; therefore there’s less chance of splitting them apart!

Cut the basic shape of the stone.

  • Use a diamond blade to cut the stone.
  • Use a masonry cutting blade to cut the stone.
  • Use a tile saw to cut the stone.4
  • Wet saw is used for wet stones such as marble, granite etc., where water is applied on both sides of the material being worked upon with diamond tools and then removed by pulling back from its edge causing fracture along its thickness at different rates depending on material properties and depth of cut into it

Identify the type of edge you need to finish your stone.

Before you can cut and edge your stone, it’s important to identify the type of edge you need to finish your stone. There are a number of different types of edges available, from the most basic beveled and square edges to more elaborate coves, rounds and other shapes. These different types require different tools and techniques for cutting them properly.

The following information will help you identify what kind of edge you need before getting started on your project:

  • Beveled: A beveled edge is one that is sloped at an angle perpendicular to both sides of the piece being worked on (i.e., if looking at a flat surface). This can either be a straight-sided or curved shape depending on how much material needs removed during shaping process; this step involves grinding away excess material until reaching desired depth below surface level or thickness distance away from bottom face where desired depth occurs (depending on which side requires more grinding). If done correctly with proper tooling then result should leave smooth finish free from any noticeable gaps between top surfaces–although some people prefer having slight gap between topside so there’s still space between pieces when placed together tightly like puzzle pieces or stacked neatly one on top another like bookshelf full high stack stacks up into tall pile mountain pile mountain stack mountain piles until finally reaching infinity symbol infinity sign symbolic representation infinite repeating sequence recursively repeating patterns
  • Round Edge: Like its name suggests this type allows for creating rounded ends using special tooling combined with appropriate amount pressure applied against workpiece surface during cutting action executed by operator using hand held power saw machine tools such as dremel rotary tool mounted blade attachment unit attachment directly onto shaft could then drill holes through centerline located along lengthwise axis line running through middle section width wise direction perpendicular front/backside surfaces positioned opposite direction side view perspective view left side viewsightly further behind centerline relative position distance closer nearby closer near relative positions distances farther apart further apart distant

Round off the corner with a chisel.

It is important to round off the corner of the stone so that it will be less likely to chip when it comes in contact with another stone. You can easily do this with a mason’s chisel and a hammer.

First, use the flat side of your chisel to strike the corner of your stone, then turn it over and strike again on its edge. Do this several times until you feel like you have rounded off enough so that there are no sharp edges left on any part of it.

Decorate the edge of your stones and bricks.

To decorate the edge of your stone or brick, you can use a masonry blade in an angle grinder. You can also use a diamond disc on your bench grinder or wet wheel.

Create a bullnose edge on a soft stone (limestone, sandstone, etc.).

A bullnose tool is typically used to create a rounded edge. However, it’s also possible to use this tool to create an edge with a radius, an angle, or a bevel.

Here are some things you should consider when creating these types of edges:

  • For rounded edges and radiuses, try using a 60° bullnose tool. This will allow you to get the shape you want without causing any damage or splintering on the stone surface itself. If there’s no way around having jagged edges (for example if the stone has already been cut into blocks), then just make sure that they’re small enough so that no one can see them from afar or up close!

Smooth out any rough edges with a masonry blade in an angle grinder.

Now that you have the stone cut, you are ready to smooth out those rough edges. Use a masonry blade in an angle grinder to smooth out any rough edges. You can also use a wet stone to smooth the edges if needed. Next, use a diamond blade on an angle grinder or bench grinder to finish off the edge and make it nice and sharp. Finally, if you want to get really fancy with your cuts and edging stones, then you can use another diamond blade on an angle grinder or bench grinder to cut off any extra pieces at either end of your stone so that it looks like it was professionally done by someone without any experience!

Create a bullnose edge on a granite slab using specialized tools.

The bullnose edge is a popular finish for granite slabs. It can be made by hand or with specialized tools. The main tool used to create this look is called a bullnose cutter, which cuts off the edge of your slab at an angle to give it rounded corners and edges.

Bullnose Cutters

Because there are so many different types of granite stones, it’s important for you to select the right cutter for your project depending on its hardness and thickness! For example, if you’re working with an extremely hard dense marble that measures 25 inches thick then you’ll need something stronger than say a soft stone like travertine which measures only 12 inches thick (you wouldn’t want to break through!).

Bullnose Hammers/Bevelers/Edgers/Grinders

Select a tool appropriate to the size and type of brick you’re working with.

When choosing a brick chisel, there are several different types you can choose from. A square-edge chisel will be flat and the same width as your brick’s edge. A rounded-edge chisel has a rounded outer edge that’s slightly wider than the brick itself, while a V-shape tool resembles an arrowhead with a curved bottom (and it can also be used for cutting corners). Lastly, a pointed blade is similar to an arrowhead but with sharper points at both ends of its curve. If possible, try to find one that has handles made of wood or hard plastic instead of metal—the latter may damage your hands when using it incorrectly!

Adjust the depth of cut based on the thickness of your brick and how much you want to cut off.

The depth of cut will vary depending on the thickness of your brick, and how much you want to cut off. If you’re using an angle grinder, use a masonry blade that has at least 1/8” arbor diameter and 3/16” tooth pitch. With a wet saw or dry saw, use a diamond blade with at least 5/8” arbor diameter and 3/16” or 7/32″ tooth pitch.

Adjusting the depth will also affect how accurately you can align the stone with its intended location within your project when it comes time to install them, so make sure to mark each stone after cutting them so they can be installed correctly later on!

Edging or cutting stone is easy with these steps,tips and techniques

Here are some easy steps to follow when edging or cutting stones:

  • First, clean the stone thoroughly with a hose and brush. Dirt can get trapped under the edge of a stone and create an unsightly appearance.
  • Second, choose a coarse grit of paper to start with (24-grit works well for most stones). The finer grits (100-grit) will work better as you progress through each step.
  • Third, before starting to cut your stone, place it on its longest side so that you have room to make your cuts without hitting any other part of the stone. This also allows for more room if you need to move or reposition your hands while doing this type of task because it can be hard working with something that is large and heavy at times!


We hope that you have found this guide useful and informative. If you have any questions about the process, please leave a comment below or send us an email at info@rockandstone.com!

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