I normally don't do hinges (never had the need).
Anyway I'm building a new A-Frame for my dog agility trainig, and at
the apex I've decided to use some heavy duty hinges so the A- Frame
can be raised and lowered at the apex. I'd like to recess the hinges
(better look, more stability, etc).
So how do I marry a hinge jig with a hinge, and where is the best
place to get such a jig (where template and router bit and sheath are
included)? I presume for different sized hinges I'll need a different
jig? I plan to use only one sized hinge on the A-Frame.
I have a PC router dedicated to door hinges, with its own box. In the
box I have this:
Based on the fact that 1) you aren't going to do many doors and 2)
haven't had the need to do so in the past, this thing is a steal. It
adjusts to different door and hinge widths and is even usable on
installed door jambs. I have been using one for years, and with the
template and bit both under $25 it is indeed a steal.
However, you MUST be able to measure very accurately and understand
how to set the template up to make sure both halves of the hinges are
set square. Otherwise you will burn a ton of wood using this thing.
It is harder to use then a template kit, but it isn't two hundred
dollars either. Fiddle around with it a little to set it up and get
the feel of using it with your router, and it will cut perfect
mortises for you. The bit has a guide bearing, so you don't need
collets or any other stuff to make this thing go.
Since my door replacements are usually one a time these days
(multiples are pre-hung) I don't even pack the template set anymore, I
just take the little gizmo with me.
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