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Routing the hinge recess in the edge of a door can be downright dangerous without a jig or clamp to hold the door still, and even then you can still make a real mess of it if you aren’t legendary for your steady hands.  This router jig from Trend Routing Technology quickly adjusts to the correct size, using the hinge itself as the pattern, and it provides the guidance needed for fast work with the router.  It also features four cutouts for fire door hinges.

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The downside:  It runs $265.  That’s not bad for a production floor or for a tool guy who hangs doors all the time — however it looks like I’ll be living with sloppy but thankfully hidden hinge recesses on my doors.

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Hinge Jig [Trend Routing Technology]

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4 Responses to Router Hinge Jig

  1. john smith says:

    The price isn’t that tough. In my instance I have 12 doors to replace (50’s hollow core). Buying a slab is whole lot cheaper than a door fixed in a jamb.
    This jig assures accurate and professional quality results. Remember,
    half-assed or poorly done projects actually devalue your real estate

  2. Kelley Nelson says:

    Check out the templates from Templaco. They sell kits that include the hinge templates and all the tools you need to bore the holes for your lockset too. I flew through 25 solid core doors. The hinge templates are plywood, so you have to be careful to wait for the bit to stop before taking the router out of the template. If you gnarl one, you can easily fix it with some bondo.

    If you’re retrofitting doors into existing jambs, I like the separate templates for each hinge. Hinges aren’t always placed consistently throughout a house by the builders 😉

    I’ve used the crumby plastic door boring jigs and they’re a joke. They flex and allow your holes to become mis-aligned. The included hole saws are poor quality. Templaco’s boring jig is made of aluminum and comes with sharp carbide spur bits.

  3. fred says:

    We have both Bosch and Porter-Cable door hanging jigs. The Porter-Cable setup that we have is probably 30 years old and I’d give it the edge over the newer (only 10 or so years old) Bosch setups. I think the Bosch units are based on an old Stanley design. There is an advantage to the Bosch units in that they come in a much shorter box and we can set them up to rout 4 hinges. I’ve heard some complaints that newer versions of both varieties are a bit tinny. I think that they all run over $200 these days. Naturally, if you are routing for square hinges – you need to follow-up with either a corner chisel or a butt chisel to square-up the corners.
    We complete our door hanging kits with a few sets of Classic Engineering’s door lock jigs (buy their carbide bits) and we also have a Porter Cable Lock mortiser for locksets that require this tool. Unfortunately none of these tools are really in the price range that would make them affordable to the DIY’er who only hangs an occasional door.

  4. Duane says:

    The problem I’m having is finding a jig that will work with the stop in place.
    I have a Empire Speed Hanger 910 that works great with no stop. None of the models I’ve seen look like they would do a good job or fit with out removing the stop or making a spacer an using a 2″ long bit which is problematic. Too much flex and movement, though I have made it work.
    The cheap Porter-Cable striker template may work, but it lacks the alignment guide like the Templaco has. Does anyone have any ideas or know what works well?

    Thanks, Duane

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