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Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by scousespark, 19 Aug 2010.

  1. scousespark

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    I'm replacing a load of doors and was thinking of getting a hinge jig. Looking at the websites the recommendation is a min 1600w router. I have an old b&d router which is nowhere near 1600w so had a look at a new router. Bearing in mind I only want this for occasional use, the prices seem uneconomical as decent makes are around the £200 mark. I have seen a bosch green router, rated at 1400w, which is around the £70 mark. Given the limited use, would this be okay to use with a jig.

    One other use would be to use to fit a couple of mortice locks. I'm happy to leave this if 1400w would be under-powered and stick to drill and chisel.

    Any advice would be gratefully received.
     
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    Hinges themselves don't sit very deep, so you could use a small 1/4 router if need be. Locks and mortices defo need a beast, so yeh, chisel away.
     
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    For a hinge jig you can use the Trend T4 around £70.

    John..
     
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    I've never used a hinge jig before. A combination of chisel and router works fine for me. as for routers there are plenty of really good second hand ones about.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I have bought a small Trend hinge Jig and had a go with my trusty B&D router. This worked a treat. It looks like the 'recommended 1600w router' is in place for all of these jigs, but only the lock and worktop jigs really need that power.

    I'll look at a more powerful router, when I use it enough to justify the outlay. Just saw a Dewalt DW624 go on ebay for £120. I could stretch to that, over the 1400w bosch.

    Cheers

    Paul
     
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    I made my own jigs out 9mm mdf, that way I can use the guideboshes and cutters I already have, I even made one to mortice tubular latches and the face plates. A couple of hours with some bits of scrap saved several hours hanging doors.
    IMHO bought jigs can be very over priced.
     
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