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I"m new at this routing thing. I have a Porter Cable router. The main reason I purchased the router is for making hinges on int/ext doors. My question is how do I begin? I have a held hand router but I am considering buying the router with the table. I have 1/2 inch mortising hinge bit. Is this bit suffice for making butt mortises say 3-5 inches. Really need to see a video on how to do this. Know any wed site with info or videos on this subject. Thanks
 

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Swann, you can make your life easy if you pick up the Porter Cable hinge mortising template kit. This includes a template, guide bushing and easy to follow instructions. It sounds like you are going to be doing this as a production job, and no question the kit is the easiest way to go. You still need a good sharp chisel and hammer to clean up the corners.
 

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Hi, Swann: I agree with Mike, the way to go for morticing door hinges is with the jig from Porter Cable, if you use the round corner hinges, you won't have to chisle out material in the corners. The 1/2" mortice bit is the one that is recommended, for the
jig since it matches the 1/2" radius of the round corner hinges. I have a corner chisel
that I use if I need to use the square corner hinges.

Hope this helps. Woodnut65
 

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