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).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
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?
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