Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 24
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hockeynut works great but you need to know how to use it
I've done two bedroom doors, with one left to go. Once I figured out how to use this kit it all went smoothly. What I got from Home Depot was black, not red, and one template had a corner broken off, but it it is still useable and I didn't want to hassle with an exchange. Here are a few things the instruction sheet does NOT tell you. First, it is great that it includes a router bit, just the right one, as well as a clever little chisel for squaring the corners for rectangular hinges. I am using rounded hinges and the mortises are perfect. Now, here is what you need to know. DON'T insert the bit all the way into the collet, but make sure that it comes out enough so that the bearing on the bit squarely contacts the template sides when you have the right depth set. I put mine in too far, and when I adjusted the router in its base to get the right depth of cut, the collet nut hit the plastic template and chewed up the edge. Fortunately it did not render the template unuseable, just cosmetically ugly. Now I have it right and everything works great.
Next, the directions and the marking on the frame refer to the front of the door to orient the frame on the door edge, but this is for a door that opens OUT, i.e. towards you. The bedroom doors I am doing open IN, so I had to think through where the frame goes in terms of where the router is going to cut the mortise, and make sure it matched up with the hinge location and orientation. The old carpenter's saying, "measure twice, cut once" applies here, and I being a beginner, actually measured and checked everything four or five times to be sure I got it right.
It now comes with two screws, which are way better than nails. You don't have to blast them in - if you go easy they won't strip and can be reused a few times.
Before cutting anything check that your door fits the jamb with a little room for clearance top and bottom, as you may need to trim a little off the door. Do this before marking and cutting the mortises. If you are locating the new hinges at the same spots as the old hinges, measure everything multiple times and check it. Their table will be useless for this case.
I did not find many low priced mortising kits or devices like this one. Looks like the best value for the price. The fancy ones seem to cost a lot more, and I'm not convinced they are worth that much.
This kit is definitely "complete" and is doing the job I need to do.
May 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mountainman kit worked and is a great bargin
The kit includes templates for most hinge sizes. It is easy to set up and make the appropriate mortises.
This is a homeowners kit and it does that very well.
June 9, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jeffrey Works for hinges, latches, strike plates
I'm using this mortise set to install 12 interior door slabs. It works fine for multiple hinge sizes and rounded corners. The templates are plastic an are push inserted into the metal template. The nails they supply to afix the template to the door were useless for me. And the plastic knobs used to set the door width (1 3/8 for me) are cheesy. The price is good, but I would opt for a better template design. Also, I was not able to use the set to mortise the strike plate as the door stops inhibit the placement of the template - I resorted to chiseling those out by hand.
September 11, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tgross Excellent product for the price
This kit has pretty much everything you need to mortise hinges or strike plates. The instructions are a little lacking but with some trial and error you find them good enough.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rcjones Complete kit for a fair price
I looked around online for a decent door motising kit as I am replacing about 5 interior doors with slab doors. I chose this one for the variety of mortise patterns and the relatively low price. HD seemed to have to the best price. I've got one door done and it worked great - hinges and plates fit perfectly in the mortise. Nailing the metal piece to the door was easy with a small pilot hole drilled first. Rock the metal piece back and forth once or twice to raise the nails in order to pry them out once finished. The router bit was a nice addition so that I didn't have to find the correct bit in the store. Setting the cut depth on the router is the most time consuming part. I made a shallow cut first, test fit the hinge, then cut deeper if necessary. The hinges and strike plates may have different depths so try to do all of one or the other once you get the cut depth set on the router.
July 25, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MountainHomeProjects Works well but slow
Home owner and do other small projects for people. It does what it says and provides for good results if you use it carefully.
It mounts to the door frame with two screws and that is a source of problems. Drilling the holes to mount the frame will determine your accuracy of the hinge position. This should have been designed as two steps, one mount the frame, two position along the door.
Second stupid problem is they package the worlds cheapest mounting screws, these strip out after a very few uses and need to be replaced (You may not make it through one door). I replaced mine with hex head screws which are far better at standing up to constant use.
November 11, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tlinfl Terrible product
The entire kit was cheaply made (probably in China) and very difficult to use. The instructions were confusing and difficult to follow.
March 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BClg Does the job, pretty complete.
While the overall build quality could be improved, for the price, this is a pretty complete kit, including jig, templates for the jib, a mortising bit, and instructions. Do read the instructions. Better than buying individual templates. Once you set the depth correctly, you're good to go for the rest of the project. Used this for 3 new slab doors, cutting into jambs decades old. Really the only downside is that to route accurately, the jig requires you to screw it into the door edge or jamb to make sure the template for the router doesn't wander during the cut. While a clamp would work on the door, what else would you do for the jamb? If you're sure-handed, your could tape with strong tape, but you'd be risking a bad cut.
July 18, 2013