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Making Cut Flagstone Look Natural

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Blmtlandscapes, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    hey guys I'm doing a stepping stone path with irregular bluestone. The bluestone comes in large slabs and I'm going to cut smaller pieces from it with a diamond blade. My question is how to get a natural looking edge after it is cut? Do I chip away the edge with a hammer?
     
  2. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    I'm doing the exact same thing at the moment. If your edges are going to be covered with mulch or stone don't worry so much about the edges. With that being said I score my lines that I want with a diamond blade than I snap the stone with a chisel. Score the lines with a grinder and d-blade that way you can get irregular lines instead of a straight line.
     
  3. vtscaper

    vtscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    Use a chisel. Set the blade against the cut a few mm down from the top face of the stone. Tap lightly, your not trying to remove a lot of material just soften up that cut line. Set a depth and simply move along the cut.
     
  4. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    To break up large peices use a stone hammer, but for detail work start by marking your cut line lightly and then remove small peices with your chisel starting at the edge until you get to the line.
     
  5. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    I agree...the only way to really get a natural look is to finish it off with a chisel. Otherwise it def. won't look right.
     

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