Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 6
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JackStrat Have Used it For Years - Love It!
This guide set works perfectly, don't listen to the negative reviews. Many years ago Sears Craftsman offered this identical guide, now it is made / distributed by Milescraft. Milescraft is well known among woodworkers like myself for providing reasonably priced router templates. They all work perfectly well, adequately robust for the occasional user. Meaning, if you need robust templates such as hinge guides to mill 10 doors each and everyday, spend $300 on a professional kit. If you mill 10 doors a week, month, year, or lifetime, Milescraft templates will work fine.
Reviews indicating the templates and frame are flimsy are just wrong. Both are plenty robust.
Yes, this kit does not include the router guide bushing and router bit, as indicated in the description. Most router owners will have the standard 5/8 guide bushing, used for dovetail jigs and other templates. A 1/2" router bit is also very common. OR, spend an extra $7 and purchase the 1222 version of this same kit that includes the 1/2 " router bit with a roller bearing.
If you don't like screwing the template to the door, you can add a wood fence to the template. Takes 15 minutes and has the advantage that after used one time will be cut providing easy alignment to your marks. The wood fence can be clamped to the door, easy peasy.
One reviewer mentioned the fixed and shallow inset leaving 1/2" of material behind the hinge. This is true, and strange. It can be remedied by adding the fence mentioned above and flattening the template's registration tabs. Then adjust the fence to cut a deeper mortise. This is the only complaint I have with the guide. I have since purchased the $30 Milescraft hinge kit that provides larger templates (easier to start the cut off the door edge) and more adjustability.
Bottom line, the frame is not flimsy, the templates will mill a perfect mortise, and screwing the template to the door, though seemingly primitive is actually a very common practice. I do suggest buying the $15 version of this kit as it includes the router bit with roller bearing guide. I also suggest adding a wood fence as it allows you to clamp the guide to the door and provides easier alignment to your marks.
September 12, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Frustrated Not so hot
Box says it will do 1/4" and 5/8" radius corners. Only does 5/8" radius on 3 1/2" hinges. It also leaves the back edge of a 3" hinge about 1/2" from the edge of a 1 3/8" door which seems excessive. Found this out after also purchasing their router guide bushing kit. Agree that you must be very careful or you can hit the template with the router bit. Junk in my opinion.
June 21, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by doctorx150 100% junk
this product is typical of stuff from China. Garbage. First of all the template they give you oversizes the cutout way to much for my liking. had to do some putty work. the metal frame that the guide sits in is cheap and bends when you push the router on it for door jambs. and last you have to be super carefull not to give your router a slight tilt or the bit will chew into the template rendering it usless. forget it.
February 12, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Droc7683 Simple Design For Low Volume Work
Purchased this mortise guide for some closet doors and custom built jambs. Only downfall is the guide is held into place by 2 small finish nails which leave additional holes to fill when compete.
May 7, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ESP216 Additional Parts Required
Don't think when you open the box you are ready to cut your hinge mortises. There is an additional collet needed - WHICH IS SOLD SEPARATELY. Unfortunately I cannot find the item in any store or on-line which renders my purchase useless.
February 21, 2008
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by spacemaker An inexpensive tool to mortise hinges
I have used this tool to put hinges on 20 doors and it has worked well. On the package it indicates that it "requires 5/8" guide bushing and 1/2" straight bit (sold separately)"
December 15, 2008