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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:56 pm 
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steviejoiner74 wrote:
I’ve never used a hinge jig tbh. A sharp chisel and a marking gauge do the job.
However that’s when the flush hinges aren’t being used :lol:

Yes, but surely you've got to admit that for the less skilled a jig and a router are probably a lot more consistent.... And as Ayjay says they speed it up a lot on price work - although these days a lot of door sets are coming in pre-hung so the chippie doesn't end up doing than much to swing a door (on price).

I've also found it useful to have a jig and router when refurbing and reusing old doors on which upgrades to modern fire-rated hinges are required. In those cases it is often necessary to have one (larger) jig to recut the original (and often inconsistently/badly cut) hinge recesses so that a "Dutchman" (patch) can be glued in, and a second (smaller) jig to allow me to recut the gain for the hinge. I've often found that trying to chop out a gain by hand (with chisels) in a patched door edge is often a recipe for disaster - doing the cut-out with a router (but squaring the corners with a chisel) is a far more consistent approach. Or maybe I'm just saying I'm a handyman at heart? :cb :help:

BTW for shortish runs I go for 12mm MDF (thinner than that and you may need to take a hacksaw and file to the guide bush), 2 x 1 PAR softwood and a guide bush on the router - on longer runs I try to get hold of acrylic (scrap off jobs or from the local signwriter's skip) instead of using MDF as it is far more durable

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Job and Knock wrote:
doing the cut-out with a router (but squaring the corners with a chisel) is a far more consistent approach.


:shock: What? No corner chisel? :shock: :mrgreen:

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I've got one of these...

https://www.screwfix.com/p/trend-corner ... 0wodnNANuw

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wine~o wrote:


So have I! :-)

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ayjay wrote:
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So have I! :-)


I've also got a set of blunt chisels... :hiding:

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I've also got a set of blunt chisels... :hiding:[/quote]

So have I :lol:

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I can't join in with that one.

Always kept mine sharp, especially on daywork. I got into the habit of sharpening something first thing every morning whenever I could, either a plane iron or a chisel.

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I have used a jig on the very rare occasion but as I could go for ages without hanging a door and it was never on price work I normally just relied on mallet and chisel . Even now I work for myself I tend to just stick with that too. I have on the odd occasion used the router without a jig , easy enough to do and gets the depth consistent and just leaves the edges and corners to tidy .


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