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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I have been given the task of drilling a 24mm hole into the endgrain of the mid rail on an oak door to accept a mortice latch. I would like to use my DeWalt router to guarantee a good finish and have a good idea of how to do it but would appreciate any tips or advice from anyone who has done this before. Thanks
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Hi Alun, and welcome to the forum.
I would make a mortising jig and practice on scrap oak end grain first. You can do it.
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Who built the door? The mid rail should fit between the stiles which should run the height of the door. End grain would only be seen on the top & bottom of a door but not be seen when door is hung in the jamb. You can make a jig or buy one that fits the mortise lock you want to install. Templaco might have the jig you need. They have everything for hanging doors. If you need to go real deep you could use forstner bits to get the depth & clean up with a chisel.

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The door was made by a joinery for a customer and is of tongue and groove plank construction with top middle and bottom ledges, no braces and no stiles forming a frame. The customer has decided he wants standard hinges and latch rather than the tee hinges and suffolk latch normally associated with this type of door. As the customer is always right I shall strive to oblige him.
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Alun, can we see a picture of this? I have an idea of how to go about it, but want to see if I got it right first.

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Sorry can't do that as I haven't got the door it's on site but I would welcome any ideas
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ok, make 2 right angle brackets from some plywood, then clamp them to the door so they are flush with the end of the board. They will provide a solid shoulder for your router. You can even fasten a couple of rips in place on top of these brackets to act as a guide, use a plunge router and make your pocket.

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Thanks Jack, I was considering clamping some 4x2 (2x4 to you) to provide some stability and clamping the door to a stand. Securing the router to the whole set up and plunging in. My main concern was the risk of blowing the timber apart. Clearing the pocket often helps I know but there is still a chance. The hole has to be 3inches deep so I'm a little concerned.
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Alun if you are concerned about blow out, then clamp on the 4x2 or larger platform, and build a quick template to block in the router, keep a shop-vac handy and keep your mortice cleaned out, just drop your bit into the work a little at a time. 3" seems deep to me for a router bit, you may need to finish up with a chisel.

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