The stone place I called last week about cutting the pool table slate finally called me back. I thought they were going to blow me off and not call back at all, but the guy who called was super nice. He didn’t recommend using slate, however, because he said it stains easily, it’s fairly soft as stones go, and it can chip. Which I’m sure is all true, but again, because this is a guest bathroom and will be used infrequently, I think it will hold up well. If it doesn’t, then we’ll just have to replace at that point.
We had already decided to try to go ahead and cut it ourselves anyway, because I had found a couple of articles online about how to cut curves with a jigsaw (using a carbide blade).
I decided to make a template for the tub ledge (or tub deck as the stone guy called it) out of foam core board. I scribed along the wall with a Sharpie to follow the unevenness of the brick and there was also a notch where the mortar was recessed between the bricks so it wasn’t going to be a straight cut at all there.
It also took some adjustments to get the curve of the tub right.
Pete tried cutting the curve with the jigsaw but that really didn’t work at all for him (probably because the jigsaw wasn’t powerful enough). He ended up using a hand grinder tool with a 4″ diamond blade (which we also used on the wet tile saw) for the uneven cuts and a circular saw for the straight cuts.
With a couple little adjustments he got it to fit really well along the brick!
The curve also looks pretty great. We have to sand it both on the surface and along the edges (we’ll probably bevel/round the edges a bit as well) and Pete needs to cut the remaining straight piece, but that will be a piece o’ cake. We’ll probably finish it off with a couple coats of mineral oil after we fill the seam with slate dust and epoxy.
Over the weekend we also installed the skirting tile (baseboard). We need to caulk all that, but it looks really nice too.
It’ll probably take us a few more weekends to get all the odds and ends finished up, but it’ll be worth the wait!