Not every door is prehung, so we evaluated nine single-hinge and full-length-hinge router templates to choose the best.
Synopsis: Although many new doors are available prehung, not all of them are. When you need to hang a door that hasn’t been mortised, it’s time to grab a hinge jig. With a router and a hinge jig, making mortises is fast and accurate. In this tool review, finish carpenter Kit Camp tested a variety of devices, including both single-hinge and full-length-hinge jigs. Among four single-hinge jigs, Camp rated a Templaco tool as best overall. Among six pricier, full-length-hinge jigs, Camp placed a Trend model at the head of the pack. This article also includes a sidebar in which Camp lists his best tips for door-hanging.
Though I don’t do it full-time, hanging doors has always been a mainstay of my business, and doing a fine job on a customer’s doors has often led to other work. Although most new homes today are built with prehung doors, hanging…