How to Cut a Sink Hole in Quartz Countertop


Installing a new sink in a quartz countertop can seem daunting, but with the right tools and techniques, it is very doable as a DIY project. Quartz is an engineered stone that is very hard and durable, so specialized tools and precautions are required to cut holes and avoid cracking and chipping. Properly cutting the sink hole and preparing the quartz surface will ensure a seamless installation and professional looking results. This guide will walk through all the necessary steps for how to safely and accurately cut a sink hole in a quartz countertop.

Gather the Needed Supplies

Cutting the quartz requires using specialty diamond-tipped hole saws and bits. Regular drill bits will not work. Here are the necessary supplies:

  • Diamond-tipped hole saw kit for quartz – includes sized hole saws for main sink hole and smaller hole saws for the faucet holes. Hole saw size should match sink template.
  • Variable speed drill – allows control over RPM for quartz
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Dust mask/respirator
  • Shop vacuum
  • Duct tape
  • Rags
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Marker or pencil
  • Silicone adhesive caulk

Protect the Quartz Surface

When cutting any stone material, protecting the surface around the cutout area is crucial. Follow these steps before starting to cut the sink hole:

  • Carefully clean the quartz surface where the sink will be installed with denatured alcohol. Remove any dirt or residue.
  • Place strips of duct tape around the marked sink hole location. Provide at least an extra 2-inches buffer zone around the marked lines.
  • Place a small splash of denatured alcohol on the quartz inside the duct tape outline where the hole saw will first contact the surface. This lubricates and prevents chipping.
  • Have rags or paper towels ready to control dust and debris.

Mark the Sink Cutout Location

Use the exact sink template provided by the sink manufacturer to mark the cutout area on the quartz. Be extremely precise at this stage:

  • Place the sink template in the desired installed location on the quartz. Make sure the template is oriented correctly.
  • Trace the outline of the template on the quartz with a marker or pencil.
  • Also trace the center point of the main sink hole.
  • Mark locations for the faucet holes based on the sink specs.
  • Remove the template once fully marked.
  • Double check all marked lines are correct before starting to cut.

Cut the Main Sink Hole

With the quartz properly marked, you can now start cutting:

Step 1

  • Put on safety glasses, gloves, ear and dust protection. Have vac ready.
  • Use denatured alcohol to lubricate the cutting path again.
  • Position and stabilize the hole saw over the center point.
  • Make sure drill is on lowest speed setting before starting.
  • Slowly cut into quartz. Use steady, even pressure – don’t force the hole saw.
  • Periodically lift hole saw to clear away debris.

Step 2

  • Once initial hole saw cut is made, swap to a larger diameter hole saw lined up inside the cut markings.
  • Continue making incremental cuts, moving up in hole saw size until you reach the marked outline.
  • Take your time and allow hole saws to penetrate the hard quartz. Don’t rush it.
  • Keep dust cleaned up as you work.

Step 3

  • After getting close to the outline with the hole saw, carefully chisel away any remaining quartz sections with a masonry hammer and chisel.
  • Continuously check cut lines to avoid overcutting.
  • Make final adjustments using a quartz rubbing stone.
  • Test fit the sink and make any adjustments needed to holes for perfect fit.

Drill the Faucet Holes

  • Use the appropriate sized diamond hole saw to drill the marked locations for the faucet holes.
  • Take it slow and steady to get clean, straight holes.
  • Vacuum and clean holes as needed while drilling.
  • Test fit faucet and adapter pieces to verify fit. Open up holes if needed.

Finish the Edges

Once all cuts are made, finishing and smoothing the edges is important:

  • Carefully sand and smooth all cut edges using 100-220 grit rubbing stones.
  • Remove any small stone chips or rough areas from the sink hole and faucet holes.
  • Clean away all dust when complete using denatured alcohol and clean rags.
  • Apply silicone caulk to seal and help strengthen the edges.
  • Allow caulk to fully cure before installing sink.

Install the Sink

With the cutouts made, you can install the sink according to manufacturer instructions:

  • Set the sink in place, aligning faucet holes and checking fit.
  • Use silicone adhesive to stick sink to quartz surface.
  • Apply continuous bead around entire sink edge and holes.
  • Remove any excess caulk for clean finish.
  • Allow adhesive to fully cure before using sink.

Safety Tips When Cutting Quartz

  • Always wear eye protection – chips can fly when cutting.
  • Use sharp, high-quality diamond tooling made for quartz.
  • Work slowly and don’t force tools – quartz can crack.
  • Cut with water lubrication to minimize dust.
  • Make incremental cuts rather than trying to cut through in one pass.
  • Support the cutout area to prevent cracking once cut.

Common Questions

Can I use a jigsaw to cut the sink opening in quartz?

No, you should never cut quartz with a jigsaw. The coarse, vibrating motion will likely crack and fracture the quartz. Diamond hole saws are specially designed for cutting tough engineered stone.

How close should the hole saw edge be to marked line?

Keep the diamond hole saw just inside the marked cutting line by around 1/8 to 1/4 inches. This leaves material to trim away to get a perfect cutout.

What speed should I run the hole saw at?

Use the lowest speed setting on the drill, around 400-600 RPM. High speed can overheat diamond edges. Slow and steady does it.

Can regular drill bits drill holes in quartz?

Absolutely not. Standard twist drill bits lack the abrasive diamond grit needed to grind through quartz. You must use diamond-tipped bits.

Is it possible to cut the sink hole without a hole saw?

While possible with diamond blades, hole saws make the best cuts. A spiral cutting technique with a diamond router bit could also work but takes practice.


Cutting quartz countertops involves patience and the right techniques, but is very doable for the determined DIYer. Following proper precautions and using specialized diamond-tipped tools designed for quartz allows you to accurately cut a sink hole and install a new sink to your countertop. Just remember to take it slow and easy – quartz can crack if rushed. With the right tools and setup, you can cut holes in quartz to professional standards.