Cutting Bottles with a Tile Saw
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There are lots of ways to cut bottles, I’ve tried all of them that I can find and think of, my favorite is still the tile saw. There are pro’s and con’s to using a tile saw, it’s a tool that is great for somethings, not so much for others.
Things to consider:
<li>It’s FAST! I can cut upwards of 50 bottles an hour with a saw.</li>
<li>Works great for bottles with surface texture or raised patterns.</li>
<li>Fairly accurate with practice.</li>
<li>Leaves a raggedy edge that is really best either cut off, or ground smooth before fusing. I usually cut them off.</li>
<li>Is pretty darn messy.</li>
<li>Needs safety gear. I STRONGLY recommend a respirator, safety glasses or face shield and a combination of ear-plugs and gun muffs.</li>
I have an 7″ tile saw, so I roll the bottle into the saw blade as I cut. If you have a larger saw, you can pull the blade through the bottle, I still recommend a slight roll, it will keep your cut smooth and keep the last little bit from breaking.
Once you get the neck and the bottom cut from the bottle, you’ll have a cylinder of glass that is the start point for lots of other projects.
Here is a short video showing how to cut the bottom from a Crown Royal bottle.
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