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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85%of customersrecommend this product53 of 62reviews
Rating Breakdown64 reviews
85%of customersrecommend this product53 of 62reviews
I was hesitant to purchase this due to some of the negative reviews but I needed to replace ( 8 ) doors and the chisel was not an option. I hate plastic anything especially in tools and jigs but this one works great. Two problems I read about was the 5/8 radius was off and the jig wood give too much when tightening to the door. There is no reason to over tighten because it grips very well and out of the 8 doors I replaced, the jig or template never moved and the 5/8 radius was perfect. End of day it is like brand new and will do many more doors. The best tool to use is a laminate router because it is much lighter.
Like other reviewers have noted, while this jig is plastic, it does give accurate results and is very easy to use. The router bit included is sharp and works well on both MDF (hollow core doors) as well as solid wood. As others have noted, you do need to chisel out the corners if you are using square hinges (since all router bits work by rotation). The rounded hinges will fit perfectly into the rounded corners. I'm not sure I would depend on this jig to do loads of doors, but for the typical DIY-er this is going to save a lot of time and frustration compared to hand-chiseling the mortises. For the modest price, it is a very good purchase even if you plan to do just a few doors.
This litle thing made cutting the hinge mortises infinitely easier. It comes with a router bit and guide, so you simply adjust the opening to the hinge you have, clamp it on, and go for it. The result you get is a perfect, even mortise for your hinges. The rounding was perfect, and depth is all based on your router settings. My first cut was barely too shallow so I took another layer off without any trouble. My only complaint with this is the soft plastic used to make it. It should be fine for DIYers or weekend warriors but won't hold up if you use it too often. I pulled my router off before the bit stopped spinning completely and took a bite out of mine. That being said, it's still very much worth the $15 bucks I paid for it.
Pros: Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
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
I purchased the door hinge template to route 10 new doors. The template worked great. It is made of plastic, so you have to be careful not to over tighten it. The one thing that I needed to do was to add a shim to the back of the template to move the routed area closer to the edge about 1/32", otherwise it worked great. I took the time to transfer the location of each hinge, and all 10 doors were installed in one day without any problems. I highly recommend the door hinge template if you plan to buy door slabs.
I thought this would be an easy answer to do mortised hinges but the plastic quality is not very good. There is not enough surface area to support the router and I found the clamp was flimsy. If you over-tighten the clamp it distorts the shape of the template. I did one door with this jig and I have ordered something different. I guess it is good to find out on the first door that it was sub-par as I have 17 more doors to do.
This tool is a must if you are installing slabs new or remodeling. It is simple, complete, accurate, and worthy of the name Ryobi. I highly recommend this template to speed up the job, make first-time accurate cuts, and safety during operation. The price is reasonable for the value.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Accurate, Strong, Good Size & Weight
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Review 11 for Door Hinge Template
from Colonial Beach, VA
Great product, Huge timesaver for installing Hinges
After chiselling one door by hand, I bought this template. Very easy to use and a huge timesaver. I was concerned about it being plastic but there was no problem.That it comes with its own router bit is a plus. One word of caution is hold tight to the router and be sure it is stopped before lifting from template. I chipped the template because I was rushing and lifted router too soon. Operator error not the product. It is worth it to buy for only one door.
This kit is complete with router bit, does both 1/4" and 5/8" radii, is easy to use with smooth bottom routers, and relatively inexpensive. My router did not have a smooth bottom, and some of the edges on the router got stuck on some of the edges on the kit, making a not so smooth cut. The hinges fit well nonetheless. The kit is limited to routing a place for the hinge on the door; it is not going to rout the door jamb.
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
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.