Some people would refer to this as a bullnose. I am working through a tile countertop from the great how to article found here: granite tile countertop.
I am using the MK 370 tile saw (information regarding the MK370 at bottom of page). I made the jig found in the article and cut my bevels on the back side of the tile so that I can mitre the edge and create a nice detail. Things went very smoothly. I cut the tile and as long as I went at a steady pace, the cuts turned out very nice. There were some tiles that chipped out at the ends, but I think that is due to the nature of the granite that I am using. I am still able to use the chipped pieces on the back side of the countertop. The chipped edge will be covered by the backsplash.
I don’t think that I will be using the 1/8″ grout line in my layout. I am going to butt the tiles right up next to each other to give it more of a solid look. From just a few feet away, the countertop looks like it is a solid slab.
I’ll post updates as the project progresses.
Not a comment, but a question. I found some beautiful granite tiles (12 by 12) at a construction supply bargain store. They are glossy, but say flooring. Can I use these for countertops instead? Also, what did you cut your granite with? Did you make your own edging? It looks beautiful. I’m trying to save alot by using the tiles. what do think? thank you so much.
You can use the “floor” tile for your countertop. Most of the granite tile is sold as floor tile.
I used a mid range tile saw to make the cuts. I would strongly recommend reading the following article (link below to RD.com). The edge detail is done with a bevel cut on the tile. To accomplish this, you will need to make the jig that is outlined in the article.
There are finished edge tile that you can purchase, or you can use a lap joint and buff the edge of the tile so that it isn’t rough and dull.
(edge tile: http://www.benissimosystems.com/.)
I hope this helps with your decision for your tile counter. Feel free to follow up.