01 Jun A Door Hinge Template Set from Milescraft
The HingeMate350™ from Milescraft ($39.99) is a complete drop-in template system for accurately routing mortises for the hinge, strike and latch plate on entry and passage doors. It’s basically a steel frame with plastic templates that can be exchanged to match a variety of hinges and hardware. It includes the templates, router bit, drill bit and corner chisel. It lets a woodworker install or replace doors without damaging the door or jamb by routing matching mortises. The frame of the template is steel, with adjustable cams that allow for 1-3/4” and 1-3/8” door thickness settings. The template can be mounted to either the door or the jamb. The kit includes a 1/2” carbide tipped, bearing-guided router bit, a hardened steel and self-aligning chisel for 90-degree square corners, and a spring-loaded, self-centering drill bit. The woodworker can just rotate the template to mill a 5/8” or 1/4″ radius as required.