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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
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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...

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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