Using Router Jigs to Customise a Wood Worksurface
An innate benefit of a solid wood worksurface is that it is not only very hard-wearing, but can also be modified to almost any shape or size.
Whilst we do offer a very comprehensive bespoke worktop cutting service, we appreciate that many customers may want to tailor their worktops themselves; as such, we’re pleased to supply a wide range of handy router jigs.
Using a router jig, DIY fitters can cut and customise hardwood worktops to size using an electronic router. Our range of jigs accommodates worktops up to 900mm in width, but can also be used to route worktop drainage grooves, hotrod grooves, and even to fit a Belfast sink.
Choosing the right router jig
Our wide selection of jigs start at just £25, and are made from a resilient Melamine-faced laminate, which is considerably more durable than other cheap solid laminate jigs.
Each jig has a specially designed peg system that helps eliminate worktop movement when in use – though we do recommend using a clamp to hold the jig in place whilst making your adjustments.
For our standard 620mm wide worktops, we suggest choosing our 700mm worktop jig, whilst for larger worktops, our 900mm worktop jig should do the job. Each jig can cut both left and right 45° joints as well as standard 90° joints, making them ideal for a host of other carpentry requirements. Our worktop jigs also include worktop connector bolt templates, which allow you to easily route an appropriate recess to suit our worktop bolts – if joining two worktops together.
For worktop customisations
As well as our worktop jigs, we also sell a variety of alternatives that are incredibly helpful in creating a number of worktop customisations.
This handy solid laminate jig is ideal for routing drainage grooves next to a sink cut-out. Manufactured from 12mm thick solid laminate and with a special router attachment included, this rigid and hard-wearing jig allows you to cut perfectly straight grooves so that the water naturally drains towards the sink rather than sitting on the worktop.
A set of hotrods is the perfect companion for your oven hob. With a hotrod set, you can place hot pots and pans onto the removable stainless steel rods rather than setting them directly onto the wood worktop surface. Our solid laminate hotrod jig is a straightforward solution for routing the correct size recesses to accommodate our hotrod set.
Ceramic ‘Belfast’ sinks are an incredibly popular choice in kitchens featuring wooden worktops, as they blend particularly well with the natural wood aesthetic. Our Belfast sink jig is the perfect companion for installing this type of sink, and includes a number of apertures for routing a precise cut-out into our solid wood worktops.
Along with the jigs featured in this guide, we also sell a collection of more unusual router jigs, all of which are designed to help install a variety of furnishings with the aid of an electric router. If you would like to see the entire range, please visit our router jigs page.
Further information about using a worktop jig to install one kitchen worktops can be found in our ‘How to Use Jigs with Kitchen Worktops’ Nutshell Guide.