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This little tool will save you time when you’re mortising latch plates by hand.┬áRather than aligning the latch plate and cutting around it with a utility knife to score an outline, you just stick the Latch Mortiser into the bolt hole, align the face, and give it a few whacks.

Don’t be shy with the hammer; Templaco makes this 1″ by 2-1/4″ rectangular mortiser from “tough stuff,” so they claim it’ll take a beating.┬áSharp edges on all four sides outline the mortise, so now all you have to do is finish it with a chisel and some sweat.

Templaco’s Latch Mortiser will run you $17.

Latch Mortiser [Templaco]
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4 Responses to Spare The Hammer And Spoil The Mortise

  1. fred says:

    We use the CLassic Engieering Lock Set boring jig (available via Amazon and elsewhere) which comes with its own variant of this:

    http://boringjigs.com/shop_acc.php?acc_type=6

  2. Toolhearty says:

    Where does one buy this “tough stuff” of which they speak? ­čÖé

  3. tim says:

    It’s made of unobtanium alloy.

  4. Gordon DeWitte says:

    Unobtanium alloyed with idealium.

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