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Tile Saw Guide Apparatus

United States Patent
WWW.USPTO.GOV
7,350,517
Perez
April 1, 2008

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Tile saw guide apparatus


Abstract
A tile saw guide apparatus comprising a right-angle triangle shaped
guide body and an attachment structure. The right-angle triangle
shaped guide body includes a tile receiving space accessible through a
first non-hypotenuse edge of the right-angle triangle shaped guide
body. A first tile engaging edge defining the tile receiving space
extends substantially perpendicular to the first non-hypotenuse edge
of the right-angle triangle shaped guide body. A second tile engaging
edge defining the tile receiving space extends substantially
perpendicular to a second non-hypotenuse edge of the right-angle
triangle shaped guide body. The attachment structure is fixedly
attached to the right-angle triangle shaped guide body. The attachment
structure is configured for fixedly securing the guide body to a table
of a tile saw and extends across the hypotenuse edge of the
right-angle triangle shaped guide body.


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Inventors: Perez; Pedro (San Jose, CA)
Appl. No.: 11/599,045
Filed: November 14, 2006

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Related U.S. Patent Documents

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Application Number Filing Date Patent Number Issue Date
60742699 Dec., 2005


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Current U.S. Class: 125/13.01 ; 125/13.03; 125/35; 33/42; 33/429; 33/630
Current International Class: B27B 9/04 (20060101)
Field of Search: 125/13.01,13.03,35 33/42,429,630,640



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References Cited [Referenced By]

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U.S. Patent Documents

5727325 March 1998 Mussell
5813126 September 1998 Dahl
6216355 April 2001 Darnell
6604296 August 2003 Mastrobattista
6757981 July 2004 Hampton
2002/0162548 November 2002 Lee

Primary Examiner: Hail, III; Joseph J.
Assistant Examiner: Ojini; Anthony
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Parent Case Text

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This patent application claims priority to now abandoned United States
Provisional Patent Application having Ser. No. 60/742,699 filed Dec.
6, 2005 entitled "Pit's Square", having a common applicant herewith
and being incorporated herein in its entirety by reference.
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Claims

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What is claimed is:

1. A tile saw guide apparatus, comprising: a right-angle triangle
shaped guide body including a tile receiving space accessible through
a first non-hypotenuse edge of said right-angle triangle shaped guide
body, wherein a first tile engaging edge defining the tile receiving
space extends substantially perpendicular to the first non-hypotenuse
edge of said right-angle triangle shaped guide body and wherein a
second tile engaging edge defining the tile receiving space extends
substantially perpendicular to a second non-hypotenuse edge of said
right-angle triangle shaped guide body; and an attachment structure
fixedly attached to said right-angle triangle shaped guide body,
wherein the attachment structure extends across the hypotenuse edge of
said right-angle triangle shaped guide body and is configured for
fixedly securing the right-angle triangle shaped guide body to a table
of a tile saw; and wherein the attachment structure includes: a
mounting body having a saw table receiving groove therein extending
substantially parallel to the hypotenuse edge of said right-angle
triangle shaped guide body; and an engagement member attached to the
mounting body in a manner enabling the engagement member to be
selectively adjusted for causing the engagement member and the
mounting body to jointly exert a clamping force on a portion of the
saw table positioned within the saw table receiving groove.

2. The tile saw guide apparatus of claim 1 wherein a portion of the
first non-hypotenuse edge that extends between the tile receiving
space and the second non-hypotenuse edge is configured such that an
unobstructed saw blade path is provided into the tile receiving space
along a straight reference line extending perpendicular to the
hypotenuse edge of said right-angle triangle shaped guide body and
through a point of intersection between the first and second tile
engaging edges defining the tile receiving space.

3. The tile saw guide apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:
measurement indicia provided on the guide body, wherein said
measurement indicia extend along the first tile engaging edge defining
the tile receiving space.

4. The tile saw guide apparatus of claim 3 wherein a portion of the
first non-hypotenuse edge that extends between the tile receiving
space and the second non-hypotenuse edge is configured such that an
unobstructed saw blade path is provided into the tile receiving space
along a straight reference line extending perpendicular to the
hypotenuse edge of said right-angle triangle shaped guide body and
through a point of intersection between the first and second tile
engaging edges defining the tile receiving space.

5. The tile saw guide apparatus of claim 4 wherein the attachment
structure includes: a mounting body having a saw table receiving
groove therein extending substantially parallel to the hypotenuse edge
of said right-angle triangle shaped guide body; and an engagement
member attached to the mounting body in a manner enabling the
engagement member to be selectively adjusted for causing the
engagement member and the mounting body to jointly exert a clamping
force on a portion of the saw table positioned within the saw table
receiving groove.
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Description

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FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE

The disclosures made herein relate generally to tiles saws and, more
particularly, to tile saw accessories configured for holding tiles.

BACKGROUND

The installation of tile invariably requires cutting of one or more
pieces of tile. The quality and accuracy of such pieces of cut tile
typically have a direct impact on the resulting quality of
installation, ease of installation and/or time required for
installation. Regardless of whether the tile is ceramic, marble,
granite, vinyl, wood, composite or some other known type of tile
requiring cutting with a wet of dry tile saw, precision and
repeatability in cuts is a key aspect of achieving a quality and
efficient installation. Therefore, a tile saw guide apparatus that is
configured for promoting precision and repeatability in cutting tile
using a wet or dry tile saw is advantageous, desirable and useful.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

Embodiments of the present invention provides for precision and
repeatability in cutting tile using a wet or dry tile saw. More
specifically, an apparatus in accordance with the present invention is
mountable on a table of a tile saw and, during a series of tile
cutting instances, allows tiles to be held in substantially the same
prescribed position and location relative to a blade of the tile saw.
In doing so, such a tile guide apparatus advantageously allows
numerous tiles to be cut in essentially the exact same shape (e.g.,
non-rectangular) and dimension in a time and money saving manner.

In one embodiment of the present invention, a tile saw guide apparatus
comprises a guide body and an attachment structure. The guide body
includes a saw table engaging edge, a tile receiving edge and a third
edge. The tile receiving edge and the third edge extend generally
perpendicular to each other. A tile receiving space is accessible
through the tile receiving edge. A first tile engaging edge defining
the tile receiving space intersects the tile receiving edge and a
second tile engaging edge defining the tile receiving space extends
substantially perpendicular to the first tile engaging edge. The
attachment structure is configured for fixedly securing the guide body
to a table of a tile saw. The attachment structure is fixedly attached
to the guide body and extends across the saw table engaging edge.

In another embodiment of the present invention, a tile saw guide
apparatus comprising a right-angle triangle shaped guide body and an
attachment structure. The right-angle triangle shaped guide body
includes a tile receiving space accessible through a first
non-hypotenuse edge of the right-angle triangle shaped guide body. A
first tile engaging edge defining the tile receiving space extends
substantially perpendicular to the first non-hypotenuse edge of the
right-angle triangle shaped guide body. A second tile engaging edge
defining the tile receiving space extends substantially perpendicular
to a second non-hypotenuse edge of the right-angle triangle shaped
guide body. The attachment structure is fixedly attached to the
right-angle triangle shaped guide body. The attachment structure is
configured for fixedly securing the guide body to a table of a tile
saw and extends across the hypotenuse edge of the right-angle triangle
shaped guide body.

In another embodiment of the present invention, a tile saw guide
apparatus comprises a guide body, an attachment structure and
measurement indicia. The guide body has a plurality of perimeter edges
and a tile receiving space accessible through at least a first one of
the perimeter edges. A first tile engaging edge defining the tile
receiving space intersects and extends substantially perpendicular to
the first one of the perimeter edges. A second tile engaging edge
defining the tile receiving space extends substantially perpendicular
to the first tile engaging edge. The attachment structure is fixedly
attached to the guide body. The attachment structure includes a
mounting body and an engagement attached to the mounting body. The
mounting body has a saw table receiving groove therein. The engagement
member is attached to the mounting body in a manner enabling the
engagement member to be selectively adjusted for causing the
engagement member and the mounting body to jointly exert a clamping
force on a portion of the saw table positioned within the saw table
receiving groove. The measurement indicia are provided on the guide
body, extending along the first tile engaging edge defining the tile
receiving space. The measurement indicia include unit numerals and
corresponding spaced-apart gradation lines.

These and other objects, embodiments, advantages and/or distinctions
of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further
review of the following specification, associated drawings and
appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing an embodiment of a tile saw guide
apparatus in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the tile saw guide apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a side view of the tile saw guide apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES

FIGS. 1-3 show an embodiment of a tile saw guide apparatus in
accordance with the present invention, which is referred to herein as
the tile saw guide apparatus 10. The tile saw guide apparatus 10
provides for precision and repeatability in cutting tile using a wet
or dry tile saw. More specifically, the tile saw guide apparatus 10 is
mountable on a table of a tile saw and, during a series of tile
cutting instances, allows tiles to be held in substantially the same
prescribed position and location relative to a blade of the tile saw.
In doing so, the tile saw guide apparatus 10 advantageously allows
numerous tiles to be cut in essentially the exact same shape (e.g.,
non-rectangular) and dimension.

The tile saw guide apparatus 10 includes a guide body 12 and an
attachment structure 14. The guide body 12 including a saw table
engaging edge 16, a tile receiving edge 18 and a third edge 20, which
are each generally straight. The tile receiving edge 18 and the third
edge 20 extend generally perpendicular to each other. A tile receiving
space 22 is accessible through the tile receiving edge 18. A first
tile engaging edge 24 (FIGS. 1 and 2) defining the tile receiving
space 22 intersects the tile receiving edge 18. A second tile engaging
edge 26 (FIGS. 1 and 2) defining the tile receiving space 22 extends
substantially perpendicular to the first tile engaging edge 24.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, preferably, but not necessarily, the first
tile engaging edge 24 defining the tile receiving space 22 extends
substantially perpendicular to the tile receiving edge 18, and the
tile receiving edge 18 and the third edge 20 each intersect the saw
table engaging edge 16 whereby the guide body 12 is generally
triangular shaped. As shown in FIG. 2, a portion 18a of the tile
receiving edge 18 that extends between the tile receiving space 22 and
the third edge 20 is configured such that an unobstructed saw blade
path is provided into the tile receiving space 22 along a straight
reference line S extending perpendicular to the saw table engaging
edge 16 and through a point of intersection between the first and
second tile engaging edges (24, 26) defining the tile receiving space
22. As shown, the portion 18a of the tile receiving edge 18 that
extends between the tile receiving space 22 and the third edge 20 is
offset toward the second tile engaging edge 26 (FIGS. 1 and 2)
defining the tile receiving space 22 such that an unobstructed saw
blade path is provided into the tile receiving space 22 along the
straight reference line S. Alternatively, the portion 18a of the tile
receiving edge 18 that extends between the tile receiving space 22 and
the third edge 20 may be angled such that an unobstructed saw blade
path is provided into the tile receiving space 22 along the straight
reference line S.

The attachment structure 14 is fixedly attached to the guide body 12.
The attachment structure 14 includes a mounting body 28 and an
engagement member 30. The mounting body is fixedly attached to the
guide body 12 and extends across the saw table engaging edge 16. The
mounting body 28 has a saw table receiving groove 32 therein extending
substantially parallel to the saw table engaging edge 16 of the guide
body 12. The engagement member 30 is threadedly engaged with the
mounting body 28 thereby enabling the engagement member to be rotated
(i.e., selectively adjusted) for causing the engagement member 30 and
the mounting body 28 to jointly exert a clamping force on a portion of
a saw table positioned within the saw table receiving groove 32. More
specifically, an end of the engagement member 30 is exposed within the
saw table receiving groove 32 and forcibly pushes the portion of the
saw table positioned within the saw table receiving groove 32 against
an opposing engagement face 34 (FIGS. 1 and 3) of the mounting body 28.

Measurement indicia 36 (FIGS. 1 and 2) are provided on the guide body
12. The measurement indicia 36 extend along the first tile engaging
edge 24 defining the tile receiving space 22. The measurement indicia
36 include unit numerals (e.g., inches) and corresponding spaced-apart
gradation lines (e.g., one-quarter inch increments).

As depicted in FIGS. 1 and 2, the guide body 12 has a right-angle
triangle shape. In such an embodiment, the saw table engaging edge 16
is a hypotenuse edge of guide body 12, the tile receiving edge 18 is a
first non-hypotenuse edge of the guide body 12 and the third edge 20
is a second non-hypotenuse edge of the guide body 12. It is disclosed
herein that a guide body in accordance with the present invention is
not necessarily limited to a particular shape. For example, a guide
body in accordance with the present invention may have more than three
sides.

As depicted in FIGS. 1 and 2, the tile receiving space 22 is
accessible only through the tile receiving edge 18. Alternatively, the
tile receiving space 22 may intersect both the tile receiving edge 18
and the third edge 20. In such an alternative embodiment, the first
tile engaging edge 24 (FIGS. 1 and 2) defining the tile receiving
space 22 intersects the tile receiving edge 18 and the second tile
engaging edge 26 (FIGS. 1 and 2) defining the tile receiving space 22
intersects the third edge 20.

In use, the tile saw guide apparatus 10 is placed on table of a tile
cutting saw with the attachment structure 14 is engaged with a mating
structure (e.g., an end rail/ridge) of the table, but not tighten onto
the mating structure. A tile is then placed in the tile receiving
space 22 and saw guide apparatus is positioned such that the saw blade
is aligned at the correct position for cutting the tile at desired
angle and dimension. The attachment structure 14 is then engaged with
the mating structure (e.g., a end rail) of the table such that the
tile saw guide apparatus 10 is fixedly attached to the table. The saw
is now used to individually cut tiles into the desired angle and
dimension.

Accordingly, a tile saw guide apparatus in accordance with the present
invention saves time and money by not having to measure each time that
is to be cut to a given angle and dimension. The angular orientation
of the tile receiving space determines the nominal angular shape of a
cut tile. Thus, a set of apparatuses each having a tile receiving
space of different angular orientation with respect to a reference
edge (e.g., the saw table engaging edge 16) is provided for enabling
various able cuts to be made. Alternatively, a portion of the guide
body carrying the tile receiving space may be angularly adjustable
with respect to a reference edge of a portion of the guide body
defining a reference edge (e.g., rotatably attached thereto).

In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the
accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown
by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the present
invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants
thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those
skilled in the art to practice embodiments of the present invention.
It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized
and that logical, mechanical, chemical and electrical changes may be
made without departing from the spirit or scope of such inventive
disclosures. To avoid unnecessary detail, the description omits
certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding
detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the
specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended
to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be
reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended
claims. For more information go to WWW.GAPATENTS.COM or WWW.GOOGLE.COM.

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