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I'm new to the forum and I am looking for a jig for routing drainboards in Solid Surface tops by hand. Any good ideas? Thanks.
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I'm new to the forum and I am looking for a jig for routing drainboards in Solid Surface tops by hand. Any good ideas? Thanks.
Many years ago porcelain coated cast iron sinks had a scalloped and sloped drain cast at one end. This basically made that part useless for anything else and you still needed a rack for stacking plates and cups which already came with their own sloped drainboard which is why you don't see that design anymore.

If you really want to do it anyway, you can make a U-shaped frame to make the perimeter groove and use a router with a guide bushing to follow it. To make it slope just put a shim under the end away from the sink. Same idea for making the individual grooves inside the perimeter. Work the details out on some scrap and then try it on a sink cutout of the right material before you try on a finished counter top.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I glued a frame to the countertop with hot melt. Used spacer sticks to guide each groove, then moved one stick over and made the next pass. Light cuts makes the router easier to control. You have a good bit of sanding to do after you remove the jig to clean up the grooves. Just use progressively finer grits. I use sticky back sandpaper on a scrap of dowel.
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