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hey guys

i joined the site because last week i came across a guy who seen me drilling out a mortise in a door for a lock. He said to me i was mad for drilling it out an not using a router to do it.

i use a 1/4" inch router for the lock face plate and the hinges and i know my router struggles if its oak or a hard timber so i assumed this guy wasnt exactly being truthful.

from doing a bit of googling and searching this site i see that 1/2" routers are far more powerful than 1/4" so came to the realization he may be telling the truth. i went and purchased a 1/2 dewalt plunge router but i can't find a router bit that is more than 2 1/2" inches long so they are no good for mortises as the vast majority of the locks i fit are 3 1/2" deep.

is it possible to make a deep mortise 2 1/2"+ using a router and would ye recommend using a router for a mortise on a door? also what size would you recommend?

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hey guys

i joined the site because last week i came across a guy who seen me drilling out a mortise in a door for a lock. He said to me i was mad for drilling it out an not using a router to do it.

i use a 1/4" inch router for the lock face plate and the hinges and i know my router struggles if its oak or a hard timber so i assumed this guy wasnt exactly being truthful.

from doing a bit of googling and searching this site i see that 1/2" routers are far more powerful than 1/4" so came to the realization he may be telling the truth. i went and purchased a 1/2 dewalt plunge router but i can't find a router bit that is more than 2 1/2" inches long so they are no good for mortises as the vast majority of the locks i fit are 3 1/2" deep.

is it possible to make a deep mortise 2 1/2"+ using a router and would ye recommend using a router for a mortise on a door? also what size would you recommend?

thanks
welcome to the forums oh nameless one...

for the true box lock mortiser there is this...
Porter Cable Product Details for Heavy-Duty Lock Mortiser - Model # 513

you want to hog out your mortise and save your router and bit...
use the router w/ double guides to clean up the mortise after hogging...
smaller dia bits = smaller corner radius and less to square..
corner chisels are nice for this...
a Freud 12-130 straight bit will take you where you need to go... depth and all...
 

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