How to Mortise a Door Latch
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Use a rotary tool to help you make a perfect mortise for the faceplate of a door latch when installing door hardware.
This project guide features step-by-step instructions to tackle after you have already drilled holes in the door. You can also refer to the manufacturer’s instructions that were included with the door latch or deadbolt you are installing.
- Outfit a rotary tool with a 650 router bit and 335 plunge router attachment.
- Set the depth of cut on the router attachment to match the thickness of the faceplate.
- Test cutting depth on a scrap of wood. The depth of the cut should allow the faceplate to align flush with the edge of the door.
- Using a router attachment, remove the wood between the pencil lines drawn on the door edge to create a mortise for the faceplate.
- Fit the latch and faceplate into the door.
- Use a bevel edge chisel and hammer to square the corners of the mortise if the faceplate has square corners.