Perfect Hinges Every Time
Built around the hinge, this routing template is fast and flawless
Synopsis: Take all the guesswork out of installing butt hinges with this nifty router template by Doug Stowe. This two-layer plywood frame, built around the closed hinge, guarantees perfect hinge mortises on both the door edge and the cabinet frame. Once you’ve tried it, we’re betting you’ll never go back to the old way of cutting hinge mortises.
Traditional methods for installing butt hinges involve a good deal of precision layout, and that means plenty of chances to make a mistake. I’ve made many, like cutting the hinge mortise too deep or too long. Fortunately, I’ve found a better way to make precise mortises for any hinge: I rout them, using a flush-trimming bit and a quickly made jig.
There’s nothing tricky about the jig. It’s just a two-layer plywood frame that’s built around the closed hinge, leaving an opening the exact size of the…