How to Cut Bricks

By Home & Garden Editor

Things Needed

  • Bricks
  • Safety glasses
  • Circular saw with masonry blade
  • Masonry chisel
  • Small sledge hammer
  • Masonry hammer
  • Sand
  • Block splitter
  • Gloves

How to Cut Bricks. If you're working on a project and the end of it is uneven, you probably have to use quarter and half bricks to complete it. The store doesn't sell partial bricks so it's up to you to cut them. There are a few different methods you can use.

Get a pair of safety glasses and some sturdy gloves to wear as you cut the bricks.

Take the easy route and cut the brick with a circular saw with a masonry blade. Dry cut the brick, making the cut deeper each time. Keep a fan going to chase away the dust.

Cut the brick with a masonry chisel if precision is important. Set the brick on flat sand. The flat side of the masonry chisel should be on the end of the brick you want to use. Score the brick with the chisel. Make the cutting line deep enough with the chisel to finish it off with one well placed tap.

Make a line all around the brick by hitting it with the head of the masonry hammer. Once the line is complete, hit one side sharply and the brick should separate. Trim away the rough edges with the blade on the back of the hammer.

Rent a block splitter for large jobs. Adjust the jaw using the instruction provided by the rental center. This varies from machine to machine. Raise the arm to open up the jaws to the maximum width and put the brick in. Line up the blade to the cutting line. Close the jaws until the cut is made.