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Craftsman  Door Mortise Kit

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Dimensions and Weight:
Item Weight (lbs.): 1.7 lbs.
Overall Dimensions: Strike Plates: 1.125 x 2.75, 1.5 x 2.25, and 1.5 x 2.75; Latch Plate : 1 x 2.25, 1.125 x 2.25 and 1.125 x 2.75 in.
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General Warranty: 3 year limited

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Increase security and privacy in your home by replacing interior and exterior doors without damaging the jamb or door frame with the Door Mortise Kit. By routing matching mortises for hinges, strike plates, and latch plates into the door and jamb, you won't have to tear a hole in the wall just to hang a better wooden door. Featuring an easy to use drop-in template design with a sturdy steel frame, this kit comes with everything you need for most hinges, strike plates, and latch plates on 1-3/4 inch and 1-3/8 inch doors and jambs. Gone are the days of chiseling* or setting stops and pegs to rout a mortise. Simply set the door thickness selector knob, attach to the door or jamb, drop in the plainly marked template for your door hardware, and rout! Includes a durable tungsten carbide tipped 1/2 inch router bit with ball bearing, eliminating the need for guide bushings. Also includes an Easy Measure Guide where weve done the math and made it simple for you to get standard industry placement of your door hardware. Centered tabs on each template ensure complete accuracy. This product is packaged in a clamshell that snaps shut to act as a hanging storage container for your templates when not in use. Simply cut off the package seal edge when opening for reuse. Includes the following templates: HINGE MORTISES (For square* AND rounded hinges): 2-1/2, 3, 3-1/2, 4, and 4-1/2 inch hinges. STRIKE PLATE MORTISES: 1-1/8 x 2-3/4, 1-1/2 x 2-1/4, and 1-1/2 x 2-3/4 inch strike plates LATCH PLATE MORTISES: 1 x 2-1/4, 1-1/8 x 2-1/4, and 1-1/8 x 2-3/4 inch latch plates. *Some chiseling required on templates with square corners.

  • Centered Tape Measure Tabs - Easy and accurate set up
  • Door Thickness Selector - Easily set for 1-3/8 and 1-3/4 doors
  • 1/2 inch HSS Router Bit With Ball Bearing Included - No guide bushings required
  • Sturdy Steel Frame - Long lasting durability
  • Reversible Template Design - For square or rounded hinges
  • Installation Matrix Included - Eliminates confusion of proper placement for hardware

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Added on July 26, 2010

 

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9 Reviews Write a review
6 Reviewers (67.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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HandyGuy987
Jun 7 , 2011
Door Mortise Kit Helps Get Consistent Results

This kit of mortise and latch templates can be used on both the door and jamb sides (unlike some templates that only mount to doors). These cost effective templates along with a router will give you more consistent mortises, faster and easier than chiseling by hand. Only a few things to watch out for, and a few requested improvements: Make sure the plastic template is pushed down evenly in the metal frame to insure an even mortise depth. I prefer to screw down the frame rather than use nails (nails are hard to remove, IMHO) so I drilled out the mounting holes a bit to accommodate #6 screws. It would be great if the frame mounted to door edges with a clamp instead, but I guess that would cause a problem for use on the jambs. Also, the plastic knobs that set the door thickness can shift during use, so be careful to check before routing. The biggest complaint I have is with the centering features on the templates. Because they are on the outside edge of the template, they are hard to line up accurately with a hinge center mark on the door edge and not even that easy to use by pulling a tape measure from the door top. It would be very helpful if the center mark continued into the inside edge of the template (a small recessed groove molded into the plastic wouldn't effect guiding the router). For best results, practice on a scrap edge of 2x4 before risking a mistake on a real door.

Criticism1 found this helpful
Herbie53
May 1 , 2012
Milescraft Milescraft 1213 Complete Door Mortising Kit
Save your money, very poorly made difficult to setup. The poorly conceived plastic adjusters popped off. They are made of plastic and are held in with a metal set screw. I was attracted to the versatility of the templates but no template would fit my interior door strike plate. Unfortunately, I could not test because of the flaws in construction. A better option is the new Ryobi Door Hinge Template Model # A99HT1. It is very well designed, but again it is made of plastic and can only be used for door hinges.
 

rockcntrymusic

Phoenix, AZ

Feb 12 , 2014
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Overall
Pleased with the results

I used this to mortice the hinges and strike plate for a new expensive door I did not want to ruin. I had never used my router before that I bought for this purpose and using the included router bit, I was able to make the mortices successfully. I measured very carefully to insure matching the hinge locations from the door I was replacing. The only thing that needs to be considered if you are replacing a slab door, is this tool has one setting for 1 3/8" and one for 1 3/4" doors. There is no fine tuning so the hinge mortice is going to be set in a fixed distance from the front of the door. The means it may be not the same distance as the door you are replacing, so when you are done, the door may not close all the way as the front hinged side may hit the door frame jamb strip, as it did in my case. I had to remove the strip and move it a little bit. I don't see a way to determine how to make this adjustment to the template holder in advance so you could move it before screwing it in. Once you route it, you can take out the template and measure the offset from the front of the door. If you need to route it in further, the template is not going to move in further as it only has a fixed setting on the edge of the door. I hope this makes sense. You could route it in further by hand, but only if you are really good at it.That is why I gave it 4 stars.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JJK41

Pittsburgh, PA

Oct 24 , 2013
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Good but could be better

Centering guide needs to be on inside of router guide. I put masking on inside of guide and transferred centering line to the tape. Also I used two nails to set metal guide to work piece then replaced nails with 1/2 inch screws - worked fine

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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darvishi

Houston, TX

Mar 21 , 2013
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cool tool i have been looking for

i have been looking for this tool for along time now i say i have it

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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apic

Paramus, NJ

Jan 18 , 2013
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great latch template

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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waskkey

Midland, MI

Nov 16 , 2012
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Door Mortise Kit

The router bit is junk


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Herbie53

Danbury, CT

May 1 , 2012
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Milescraft Milescraft 1213 Complete Door Mortising Kit

Save your money, very poorly made difficult to setup. The poorly conceived plastic adjusters popped off. They are made of plastic and are held in with a metal set screw. I was attracted to the versatility of the templates but no template would fit my interior door strike plate. Unfortunately, I could not test because of the flaws in construction. A better option is the new Ryobi Door Hinge Template Model # A99HT1. It is very well designed, but again it is made of plastic and can only be used for door hinges.


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glenngrissom

Brownsville, TX

Jan 25 , 2012
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Very versital, and gets the job done fast. Saves me many hours.

This is a handy product for the price. You have to know what you are doing, its not for amitures.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jr2500

Salem, NH

Dec 28 , 2011
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just something about them

They seem to get really close but lining them up to be exact is difficult.


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HandyGuy987

Teaneck, NJ

Jun 7 , 2011
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Door Mortise Kit Helps Get Consistent Results

This kit of mortise and latch templates can be used on both the door and jamb sides (unlike some templates that only mount to doors). These cost effective templates along with a router will give you more consistent mortises, faster and easier than chiseling by hand. Only a few things to watch out for, and a few requested improvements: Make sure the plastic template is pushed down evenly in the metal frame to insure an even mortise depth. I prefer to screw down the frame rather than use nails (nails are hard to remove, IMHO) so I drilled out the mounting holes a bit to accommodate #6 screws. It would be great if the frame mounted to door edges with a clamp instead, but I guess that would cause a problem for use on the jambs. Also, the plastic knobs that set the door thickness can shift during use, so be careful to check before routing. The biggest complaint I have is with the centering features on the templates. Because they are on the outside edge of the template, they are hard to line up accurately with a hinge center mark on the door edge and not even that easy to use by pulling a tape measure from the door top. It would be very helpful if the center mark continued into the inside edge of the template (a small recessed groove molded into the plastic wouldn't effect guiding the router). For best results, practice on a scrap edge of 2x4 before risking a mistake on a real door.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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