Anyone ever cut slate with a saw?
It seems every year I find something new to try, and I guess it should have been no surprise that just about a mile from me, a place I thought was a gravel pit ended up being an old Slate Quarry. Last year when I bulldozed my forest making it into a field I found a plethora of slate...some 4 feet by 4 feet and 10 inches thick. That is a big slab. I saved out some bigger slabs, but today I went specifically looking for slate and I found a pile of it, enough for me to do some projects around the house.
The first task was reducing them to a size big enough to handle. With an old chisel and a hammer I figured I would find out if splitting slate was as easy as it looked, and what I heard it was.
Now I know it is scary to think Mr. No Smoke out there in the back forty, beating away on rocks with a wide chisel in his hands...and it probably is, especially now since he drives a van, and all creepy guys have vans...but splitting slate is actually addictive. But here is the problem. With naturally occurring slate, splitting it is often hard because it is not cleanly cut, or put another way, no flat surface to rest my chisel upon. I looked at Harbor Freight and they sell a ton of diamond blades for reasonable prices (if I find out it works, I'll gladly invest in a better cutting wheel), but what to get?
Continuous diamond on the rim?
The variety is fairly extensive. I was just curious if others have cut slate with a saw and what they used. I did an extensive internet search and there is nothing conclusive. I would like to be able to cut something about 1-1/2 inches thick, either wet or dry, using my worm drive skilsaw, but what do I get for a blade?