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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hi from newbie in Cape Town. I've just bought a Bosch router and want to know if I can use it to hollow out for the door jam lock. I see that hinge recesses are possible, but will it go down deep enough for the lock mechanism.
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Greetings Rob,

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While a router would be an excellent choice of tools to cut the recess the latch fits into.
I haven't done a knob and latch in ages and the last time I did, I carved it out with a chisel. I am certain that cutting it with a router would have produced a much smoother cut.

I would use a bit and drill for the smaller hole the rest of the latch mechanism rests in. As for the larger hole that the knobs shaft passes through, I have used hole saws in the same drill.

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A router is standard equiptment to do the mortice for the strike in the door edge as well as the strike plate in the jamb. The 2 1/8" hole that the knob shaft goes through is usually done with a forsner bit with a back up piece to prevent tearout that will show. There are commercial lockset boaring jigs available to do the through hole and the 7/8" hole for the latch in the door edge but if you only have one door and choose not to spend the money, you'll have to be inventive. The latch plate in the jamb requires the same 7/8" hole with a mortice so the strike plate is flush with the jamb. This is done with a jig and router. I've hung thousands of doors and own a Rockwell door kit but expensive for the one door job. HD sells both of these jigs and I'd recommend that you research the cost of these rather than invent the wheel again, is rental available? Who knows, you may be able to do this work for your friends!?!? It's a rewarding job yet a lot to it. Best wishes with your project.
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hi bob
i use a small laminate trimmer with a 6 or 8 mill cutting bit to recess the butts and this will cut the latch face recess just as well .
for the main latch body recess i use either aauger or a forstner bit ,
hope this helps bob and welcome!
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Thanks guys - very helpful
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