Step 1: Safety Precautions
Before you begin, ensure you have the necessary safety gear. This includes safety glasses to protect your eyes, a dust mask to shield against airborne particles, and ear protection due to the noise created during cutting.
Step 2: Measure and Mark
Measure the granite worktop for the desired cut and mark the cutting line clearly. Use a pencil or masking tape to make the line visible.
Step 3: Set Up the Work Area
Choose a well-ventilated workspace, preferably outdoors, to minimise dust and ensure a safe cutting environment. If working indoors, use proper dust containment measures.
Step 4: Choose the Right Tools
Select the appropriate cutting tool based on your specific needs. A circular saw with a diamond blade is suitable for straight cuts, while a wet tile saw is ideal for more intricate cuts. Ensure the tool is in good working condition.
Step 5: Cut Slowly and Steadily
Start cutting the granite worktop slowly and steadily along the marked cutting line. Maintain a consistent cutting speed and avoid applying excessive pressure, which can cause chipping.
Step 6: Keep the Blade Cool
If you are using a dry-cutting tool, it’s crucial to keep the blade cool to prevent overheating and potential damage. You can do this by applying water or a cooling agent to the blade during the cutting process.
Step 7: Clean and Smooth
Once the cut is complete, clean the granite surface of dust and debris. To achieve a polished edge, use a diamond abrasive pad to smooth any rough edges or imperfections.