Inset Cutter

Lay out and cut decorative insets for hard-surface floor covering.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Inset Cutters do?

Lays out and cuts decorative insets for hard-surface floor covering: Lays out design and makes pattern from blueprint, using drafting tools. Selects material according to type and color specified on pattern. Lays out materials according to pattern colors, exercising care to obtain maximum utilization of material. Transfers design section to material by tracing over pattern and carbon paper. Aligns two or more layers of material, to be cut simultaneously, using straightedge and T-square. Cuts or gouges out design section, using gouging tools or guides electrical cutting machine over pattern lines. Places specified tile material on heated warming table and directs rays of portable heater onto area being cut to soften material and prevent cracking. Cuts specified design sections from brass or aluminum for insertion in inset. Assembles sections to form complete design and fastens parts together with masking tape. Fills in gouged lines of hand-carved designs with oil, aluminum, or bronze paint to enhance appearance of finished product.

Should I be an Inset Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Eyelet Cutter, Putter-In

    How to become an Inset Cutter

    Inset Cutters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Inset Cutter-related education!
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