Rated 4.1 out of 5Â by 19
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 3 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by Will Useful set if you have several doors to install.
I bought this set to route hinge and lockset mortises in a couple doors I'm installing in my girlfriend's art studio. The instructions aren't the clearest I've encountered and there were no instructions regarding routing hinge mortises in the door jambs. After some experimentation, I thought I understood how to use the router template and frame to route the hinge mortises in the door frame. Wrong! I had not set the door thickness cams to the same 1-3/8" value, so my hinge mortise ended up canted at a slight angle from having one cam set at 1-3/8" and the other at 1-3/4". I caught the error before I had routed all the hinge mortises, so I was able to correct the problem and get at least one hinge mortise right. The slight difference was not very noticeable when I hung the door. Once understood, this set is easy to use and very functional.
August 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Hobie1 Works as needed
We're replacing 17 interior doors and this product is a life-saver. The heads of the screws that came with it have stripped but those were easily replaced. The only change I would suggest is that the orientation for the base is covered by the templates so if that could be moved it might be helpful and the templates are a bit tough to get all the way into the base.
September 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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