How to Cut Concrete Stepping Stones

Save

Concrete stepping stones are a popular landscaping element and are available in a wide range of shapes, colors and surface designs. Regardless of the layout of your path, the tie-in to a sidewalk or patio will likely require some of the stepping stones to be cut to fit the available space. The basic procedure for cutting concrete can be adapted to accommodate any style of stepping stone for a safe, accurate cut and a perfect fit.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk line or graphite marker
  • Circular saw
  • Masonry or carborundum saw blade
  • Measure the space the concrete stepping stone needs to fit into, and make a small mark with a graphite marker on either edge of the stepping stone to indicate where it needs to be cut. Extend the cutting line across the surface of the stone by connecting the marks using a chalk line or masonry graphite marker.

  • Set the concrete stepping stone on a flat, sturdy surface. Put on safety glasses and a dust mask.

  • Attach a masonry blade or carborundum blade to a circular saw and set the cutting depth to 1/2 inch.

  • Cut into the stone, beginning at one edge and following the cutting line using the circular saw. Push the saw through the stone slowly to prevent overheating.

  • Adjust the cutting depth on the circular saw to approximately 1 inch and repeat Step 4 to make another, deeper pass over the same cut.

  • Repeat Steps 4 and 5 as necessary, setting the blade to incrementally deeper settings to complete the cut through the stepping stone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Making the cuts slowly and gradually deeper helps avoid overworking the circular saw motor and makes a cleaner, more finished-looking cut.
  • Adding a strip of masking tape or duct tape to cover each of the saw motor's housing vents will prevent the abrasive concrete dust from getting into the saw's internal parts.
  • Concrete cutting generates an abrasive dust that can be harmful. Safety glasses and breathing protection should be used during the cutting process.
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • How to Make a Hexagon Concrete Stepping Stone

    Stepping stones are used to create a path through gardens, along commonly traveled walkways in the yard and for a place to...

  • How to Cut Concrete Pavers

    Concrete pavers are used more and more in outside decoration and landscape. Pavers come in different shapes, sizes and design, so no...

  • How to Cut Concrete

    In today’s construction industry, contractors are beginning to save as much concrete as possible by cutting out the cracked pieces. This reduces...

  • How to Paint Concrete Stepping Stones

    If you are planning to paint concrete stepping stones, consider these points. Because concrete stones are hard and nonporous, they are ill-suited...

Related Searches

Read Article

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!