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MAKE SQUARE TILES OUT OF RECTANGLES?

HARRIET VANE
last month

I'd like to lay a porcelain tile in a square and cabochon pattern.


The only porcelain tile I like is 12" x 24". (They are officially 11.69" x 23.62".)


Can I cut them in half to make two 12" x 12" tiles?


There aren't EXACTLY two precisely-sized squares in that rectangle:


11.69" x 2 = 23.38" which is less than the rectangular tile by a quarter inch.


How wide is a kerf - or whatever you call it in tile?


Could the tiles be cut twice, to give two 11.69" tiles and a quarter-inch wide bit of garbage?


I've got to have very narrow grout lines, so this matters.



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