Ryobi introduces the Ryobi Door Hinge Template. This door hinge template fits most standard door thicknesses. The robust clamp secures to the door without the use of screws or nails. To learn more about Ryobi tools go to Ryobitools.com and check out Ryobi Nation. See below for more information on this tool.
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85%of customersrecommend this product60 of 71reviews
Rating Breakdown73 reviews
85%of customersrecommend this product60 of 71reviews
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.
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 picked this up without looking online for other options. It's plastic. The bit has a ball bearing guide on it to prevent chewing the plastic up, but it's pretty easy to nick it if you aren't careful. I had 25 doors to do and I wish I invested in a better system. This will not allow you to do the door frame... only the door. And they don't offer a system to do the frame. You'll need to buy two more of there "kits" in order to do the holes for the locks and the handles. Check the wood supply catalog first. Order it ahead of time, and it will be a better tool in the long run. This worked well, and gave me a nice clean cut, but the design is lacking. I won't lose and sleep over the $25 it cost.
Well constructed and included the router bit! Made short work of installing hinges on 5 new interior doors. Very easy to use and seems like it will provide decent service life if not over-tightened onto the door.
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
This was fine is some cases but since it lacks an adjustment for how deep the hinge fits on the door it is virtually unusable for mounting a new door on an existing jamb. On the jambs I have the hinge is about 5/8 from the edge of the door but this jig had a fixed size form the edge that would have put the hinge to deeply set. I ended up getting a Milescraft set that is adjustable in all dimensions.
I threw a tantrum today and put a hole in one of my interior doors. It was beyond repair and needed replacing. This jig did 1000x better job making the correct cut for the hinges than I would have with a chisel. I was happy to spend the $$ for the speed and accuracy.
As the other reviewers have stated, it's plastic, so don't expect it to last forever. Though at this pricepoint, it's not a stretch to buy a new one when/if it breaks.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
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Review 11 for Door Hinge Template
Age Range:45 to 54
Home Improvement Profile:Other
Great purchase without spending a great deal of money!
Door hinge template is very easy to use and cuts notches out to order. I tend to be heavy handed with a hammer, so I had to be careful. First time I've taken on a door project so am please with the results and am grateful for a tool that made the task easier.
The unit worked great and was pretty easy to use. The only problem I had was with the plastic inserts for the round hinge corners. The first time I used it I accidently hit one of them with the router blade and now my template is slightly off at that one side. The other corner fits like a glove. Wish they could be made of something harder than plastic.
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.
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
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 was replacing interior doors but didn't want to replace the jams. This item made simple work of an otherwise difficult task. Priced well enough to be able to use once and let it sit in my tool box for years until the need arose again.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
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.