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I need to use a router to clean up some hinge pockets in a door jamb. Obviously waving a router around freehand on a door jamb is not the best of ideas if I want to retain all my appendages. I know I could use a chisel but my chisels are rubbish and my chiseling skills are untested

It occurs to me that maybe a small router attachment on a dremel might do the trick. What is the general view?

Also does anyone know if the accessories such as the Dremel Router attachment fit on the chinese "knockoffs? We have several of those that my wife uses for carving ceramic greenware and if the dremel accessory fits I thought I could buy one and give it a try.

If it works it gives me the excuse to get myself a Dremel handset - I could then maybe try my hand at some more delicate projects further down the track
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If you are looking for a smaller handheld router. I would buy a trim router before I purchased the dremel attachment. Yes the trim router would be more money but also more useful
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If you are looking for a smaller handheld router. I would buy a trim router before I purchased the dremel attachment. Yes the trim router would be more money but also more useful
But how safe would it be for the intended use of working on a door jamb freehand. If it would do the job I would certainly consider it.
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Alan, I have the same ask before me. My trim router is up in Chicago. My wife bought me a Dremel set for Christmas. I bought jigs for hinge and lock cutouts. I only have to enlarge the cutouts a tiny bit. Have not attempted it yet. Will keep an eye on this post. I think the dremel will do fine.

Because of my disability, I need a gopher with me at all times whenever I attempt something like this (or anything for that matter).
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Rmighty1 I'll be interested in how things go. I wondered if the Dremel might be OK because I would just need to buy an attachment and I could hopefully use the knock off handset. The if it works I could upgrade to a Dremel. If it fails then I am not out of pocket too much.

The weight and power of even a light trimmer might be too unwieldy/dangerous to use freehand on a door jamb (as opposed to the door that I can take off).

I would like a trimmer but at the moment I cant afford one although there is the MAKTEC(Makita) range that has a trimmer under $100 that I might consider in due course.
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The Maktec is the lower cost version of the Makita and is a first class tool. With a Dremel you are limited to the small size of bits available.
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Alan; sharpen your chisels. Way cheaper and just as fast...once they're sharpened.
If they're totally destroyed ...hard to believe...buy a new set. Chisels are basic to woodworking, not to mention home repairs.
I'm not the one to dissuade folks from buying new power toys, but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated.
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If you are looking for a smaller handheld router. I would buy a trim router before I purchased the dremel attachment. Yes the trim router would be more money but also more useful
agreed...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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But how safe would it be for the intended use of working on a door jamb freehand. If it would do the job I would certainly consider it.
use a set up like this and it'd be no worries...

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The Stanley ButtHinge Marker and a sharp chisel was the only way to do it before routers became popular. Stanley Butt Markers for 512, 513, 514 Hinges | Lowe's Canada. You laid the marker where you wanted the hinge and gave it a whack or 2 with a hammer to incise the outline then a sharp chisel to slice away the waste. It fell out of favour because few can or want to sharpen chisels. With a little practice they are a lot faster than a router.

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