How to Cut a Hole in a Quartz Countertop


Quartz countertops are an increasingly popular choice for kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects due to their durability, low-maintenance, and wide variety of colors and patterns. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to cut openings in a quartz countertop to accommodate sinks, faucets, soap dispensers, and other fixtures. Cutting holes in quartz requires special tools and techniques to get clean, chip-free openings. With proper planning and care, DIYers can successfully cut holes in quartz themselves. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to safely and accurately cut holes in a quartz countertop.

Gather the Right Tools

Cutting holes in quartz requires diamond-tipped drill bits and cutting tools. The specific tools you’ll need include:

  • Diamond-grit hole saw kit – Includes drill bits in various sizes for sink holes, faucet holes, soap dispenser holes, etc. Hole saws with diamond grit coating are a must for quartz.
  • Diamond jigsaw blades – For making custom or irregular cuts. Jigsaw blades designed for ceramics or quartz work best.
  • Electric drill/driver – A variable speed corded drill provides adequate power and control.
  • Eye protection – Safety glasses to guard against flying debris.
  • Ear protection – Quartz cutting can be loud, invest in earmuffs or plugs.
  • Dust mask – To avoid inhaling harmful silica dust. A N95 particulate respirator is recommended.
  • Marking tools – Tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, and straightedge to mark cut lines.
  • Clamps – To secure the countertop during cutting.
  • Sealant – A color-matched silicone caulk to seal around openings.

Plan the Cuts Precisely

Before cutting, carefully measure and mark the locations of holes and cutouts on the countertop. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for sink, faucet, and fixture placement. Check for clearance underneath in base cabinets. Transfer measurements accurately – any errors will be difficult to fix after cutting quartz. Double check lines before cutting.

Prepare the Work Area

Cut holes in quartz only after it’s permanently installed. Clear the area around the cut of any objects. Cover nearby surfaces with plastic sheeting to contain dust. Prepare a wet/dry vacuum nearby to contain dust. Ensure adequate lighting and access to cut lines.

Make Small Holes with Diamond Hole Saws

For sink cutouts and holes 2 inches or less, use an appropriate sized diamond grit hole saw:

  • Mark the center of the hole with a pencil. Use a punch tool to create a starting divot.
  • Fit the pilot bit into the hole saw and drill the starting hole.
  • Position and clamp the hole saw over the pilot hole.
  • Run the drill at a low RPM of 600-800. Let the diamond edges do the cutting – don’t apply excessive pressure.
  • Spray water to keep the hole saw and quartz cool. The waste quartz will form a solid core inside the hole saw.
  • When finished, knock out the core for reuse later if needed.

Cut Out Sink Areas with a Jigsaw

For larger sink cutouts:

  • Mark the sink outline following the measurements provided.
  • Drill a starter hole with a diamond hole saw inside the outlined area.
  • Insert a diamond grit jigsaw blade into the starter hole.
  • Adjust the jigsaw settings to 600-800 RPM for quartz.
  • Cut along the outline, using slow, smooth movements. Keep the base plate flush with the quartz.
  • Use steady downward pressure – don’t force or rush the cut. Let the diamonds sever the quartz.
  • Spray water to lubricate and limit friction and heat.

Make Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw

For straight-line cuts like trimming quartz edges:

  • Use a circular saw with a diamond masonry blade.
  • Carefully mark the cut line with a straightedge for a guide.
  • Secure the countertop with clamps on both sides of the cut.
  • Make sure the saw’s blade guard is in place before cutting.
  • Align the saw base plate along the marked line.
  • Make a slow, steady pass along entire cut length. Don’t rush.
  • Allow the diamond teeth to do the work – limit downward force.
  • Use water to lubricate the blade during cutting.

Finish Openings Smoothly

  • Inspect cut edges for chips and roughness. Use a diamond rubbing stone to lightly smooth imperfections.
  • Vacuum thoroughly to remove all quartz dust and debris from the cut area and surroundings.
  • Seal the edges of sink cutouts with color-matched silicone caulk. Allow the caulk to fully cure before use.
  • Carefully insert sinks, faucets, and fixtures into openings. Secure following manufacturer’s directions.

Work Safely

Cutting quartz produces dangerous silica dust – take proper precautions:

  • Wear an N95 dust mask and eye protection at all times.
  • Use a HEPA vacuum and wet cutting methods to reduce airborne dust.
  • Change clothes after cutting to avoid lingering dust contamination.
  • Consider professional cutting if unavailable tools and experience cutting quartz.

With the right preparation and techniques, homeowners can successfully cut holes in quartz themselves. Follow safety procedures closely when cutting this durable material. Patience and allowing the diamond edges to sever the quartz make for smooth, clean openings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cut a quartz countertop with regular power tools?

No, you should never cut quartz with standard woodcutting blades. Always use diamond-edged blades and bits specifically designed for stone cutting. Standard blades lack the hardness to cut quartz cleanly.

What speed should I run the power tools at?

When using hole saws, jigsaws, or circular saws on quartz, maintain a slow speed between 600-800 RPM. Higher speeds can quickly overheat quartz and cause cracks or chips. Let the diamond edges do the hard work.

How deep should my sink cutout be?

Check your sink dimensions, but sink cutouts typically need to be between 1 1/4″ – 1 1/2″ deep to accommodate the sink lip and leave room for sealing underneath. Avoid undercutting.

Can I cut quartz outside?

It’s best to cut quartz indoors to contain the massive amounts of dust produced. If cutting outside, control dust by having a vacuum attachment secured right at the cut point. Also, avoid windy conditions that can spread the harmful dust.

How can I cut a rounded or circular pattern in quartz?

Use a RotoZip spiral saw outfitted with a diamond cutting bit to cut smooth curved and circular openings in quartz. Work slowly and keep water running over the quartz when cutting with a RotoZip.


Cutting openings in quartz countertops takes the right equipment, preparation, and techniques. With patience and proper safety precautions, homeowners can achieve the custom holes and cutouts needed in their quartz countertops. Follow the techniques outlined here closely to get professional quality results and neatly cut holes in quartz. Be sure to use diamond specialty blades and bits for all cutting – standard wood blades simply won’t do the job. And always control dangerous silica dust generated to protect yourself and your home.