The Ryobi Door Hinge Template is designed to work with almost any door hinge. This door hinge template fits most standard door thicknesses. The robust clamp secures to the door without the use of screws or nails.
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79%of customersrecommend this product30 of 38reviews
Rating Breakdown40 reviews
79%of customersrecommend this product30 of 38reviews
I am a finish carpenter of over 30 years and usually mortise hinges with a router freehand. I purchased pre-finished oak raised panel and half glass doors and decided to try the Ryobi Door Hinge Template because it clamps to the door while other jigs need to be nailed which is ok if you are painting the door. I measured the existing hinge, marked the door clamped the template turned on mo router and in 10 seconds I was done and the hinge fit like a glove for under $30 this is a must if you are a novice or a pro. Ryobi needs to make a jamb template to match
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
Just purchased a new Solid Core Interior door from HD and needed to add my own hinge locations. I purchased one of these units and together with my Makita Laminate Trimmer (router), it made the job quick and effortless. Absolutely Professional results!
The only reason I dropped one star on quality was that the vice-bar that tightens to the door initially would start to bow when the screw-down was tightened. This may not be a problem and may last a long time. It did not affect the quality of my cuts, but I only did one door (so far). Just would have felt like a higher quality if the bar had been of a more rigid material.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
Includes everything but the router. Even the bit is included. I am not very experienced with a router, but was able to use this product and flawlessly cut hinge pockets on my door slabs. When finished, the doors fit perfectly int the existing jambs. Each door only took about five minutes to cut the 3 pockets. It was just easy and results are very professional. Much better than chiseling!
I wondered how this tool would work. But after 4 doors, it sure made the job easier. Each hinge router was perfect. Also, it was pretty easy and quick to use. I made a practice cut in a 2X4 and got it on the first try. It's plastic so don't over tighten it. And you have to know how to use a router.
This is a must have product if you are replacing any doors in your home. I am replacing hollow core doors with solid wood 6-panel doors, and this hinge template has come in VERY handy to for routing out the door hinges. Tip: make sure you measure the new door and opening carefully as you may have to plane the new door slightly for an ideal fit.
After trying porter cable's door jig version, I decided to give the Ryobi's door hinge jig a try. I used it on two 1-1/2" thick oak doors and I am somewhat satisfied. I like the fact that the jig comes with a clamp which allows you to easily lock the jig in place. I used this jig to make mortises for 3-1/2" hinges. Because the router bit's guide is slightly larger in diameter than that of the actual bit, the length of the initial mortise was 1/16" too small. I had to unlock the jig, move it by 1/16" (in this case, to the left), reclamp it, and use the router again to finish the mortise. Overall, however, I am content to use this jig again.
I bought three slab doors for my condo and wish I would have bought this jig with the doors. I installed my first door using a chisel to cut out the mortises. After the majority of the day and a lot of swearing I went and bought this jig. It took me two hours to do the next two. I like that it does not have to be nailed onto the door and that it comes with the router bit. I know there are complaints that it will not work on the jambs but I? had no use for that and that is why I bought the slabs and not a pre-hung. I would highly recommend using this.
If you have never hung a door before you will enjoy this product. I would suggest practice on the old door first before you start hacking at the new one. Be careful with hollow/closet doors, you can break them. With solid doors this tool works the best.
I hung 3 interior doors and this jig worked flawlessly! This was the first time I have ever hung doors. I am a novice with the router that I just purchased (also a ryobi). The hinges fit perfectly and it was a very professional looking installation. What a time saver from using a chisel. I still had to chisel out the latches on all three doors (should have bought the Ryobi latch installation tool also I guess?) and chiseling one latch took longer that mortising all three doors for the hinges. It is made of plastic so I don,t know how long it will last if you hang a lot of doors? I highly recommend this jig to anyone that knows how to use a router.
I used to have a wood jig I used for door hinges but I lost it and didn't get around to replacing it and a job came around on short-notice to fit 8 door blades into existing frames. I was really hoping to find the Porter Cable hinges template but HD doesn't seem to carry that any longer and only offers the plastic ryobi product which I bought figuring on keeping me expectations very low. This product actually performed and fairly well. The mortise was a perfect fit and the depth was consistent for the hinges. The jig is held in place solidly with the clamp... however it's all plastic except the screw and the plate that presses against the door will deform if you crank too hard. If you watch what your doing you realize it doesn't take much for the clamp to grab and it won't slip, which is great because that is about the worst thing that could happen with a jig like this.
The included bit is decent and cuts smooth. The bit depth settings are also built into the jig and I found this to be accurate and a good feature. The holder built into the jig is a bit fidgety and I think ultimately it's poorly designed because it could lead to an injury trying to get the bit in and out because you need to grab around the cutters for removal. Best to leave the bit in your router bit storage container.
Would I buy it again.. probably. It outperformed the expectations Ryobi's power tools have left me with over the years.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
Cons: questionable bit storage, long term durability could be an issue
This jig Functioned well enough. I would like to see a beefier, more rigid clamping pad that clamps without flexing or warping. Also, onboard storage for the pilot drill bit and Phillips screw tip would be helpful, just as there is one for the beaded router bit.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
Bought this item to replace about 15 doors for a customer and shaved about 4 hours off my time in getting them installed. This thing worked well and was very accurate. Hinges appeared factory when cut and came with everything you need. I did 15 doors with it this past week and the only issue I found was that toward the last couple doors the router bit began to dull. Overall quality of this thing is great though. Well worth a place in your tool box if you do a lot of doors.
I bought the Ryobi product since a competing product did not work that well. The Ryobi product uses a screw-down clamp pad that extends along the length of the device and that bears against the face (front or back) of the door uniformly to secure the device in place. That makes it far, far easier and quicker to move the template from one mortisse to the next, and it keeps the device properly alinged so that the hinges ultimately line up properly. The adjustment mechanism that allows you to use the device for different sized hinges is integral to the device (in contrast to inserts); thus, there is no risk of depth variation from cut to cut due to inserts not staying flush with frame. Further still, the Ryobi template has a pair of "wells" formed in the side of the frame that you can use to set the router bit depth to make cuts for relatively thin hinges or relatively thick hinges, although the instructions leave a little to be desired in regard to how thick thin hinges are and how thick thick hinges are. All in all, very satisfied with teh product.
I had to return this template because it is not capable of cutting the JAMB side. It will allow you to cut the DOOR side of hinge. Don't ask me why, I don't know. I went with the Porter Cable template that does do both for about the same price. Don't think its available here. So, unless you are only planning on cutting slabs, this tool is about useless.