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My first woodworking project in the new house is to hang some new interior doors. I really don't want to go through the hassle of tearing out the jambs.

So, now I'm planning on getting set up with a router and table. Based on the reviews, I'm looking at a Bosch set up (1617 EVSTB).

My question is really what door mortise kit to get to cut the pockets for the hinges into the door. Home Depot carries several my Milescraft, but are there better ones out there?
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I don't think there are that many people who bother cutting their own mortices anymore. It's easier to replace the jamb. If you're sure you want to do your own then mark along the edges of each hinge or mortice on the jamb side and leave a mark on the outside edge of the jamb. Put the new door into the opening and block under it until it is the right height and then transfer the marks on the jamb to the door. Or you could buy one of these The Original Carey Template Hinge Mortising System - Lee Valley Tools

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I recently completed replacing my interior mahogany doors. I left the existing jambs in place but used new hinges and knobs. I used this milescraft template to route the hinge mortise on the new doors. It worked well for me although I used small wood screws to secure the template to the edge of the door rather than the nails provided in the kit.

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You can make a template out of Masonite or mdf. Then all you do is measure where your existing are and transfer that to the new door. That really how the store bought ones work.
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Lowes sells a plastic version with bit for a router that works very well to route both the door and the jamb if necessary. it's made by porta-cable and sells for around $50.00. Just remove the pins from the door hinge, and remove the door knob. Then clamp the old door to the new door ( I used a workmate workbench ) and mark the hinge placement to the new door using the old door as a template. then attach the hinge template to the new door and route the mortices and install the hinge half from the old door to the new door and re-hang the door. It will line up perfectly with the other half of the hinge still attached to the jamb.
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Door hinge mortising can be a pain. I usually replace the jam. If I don't replace the jam, I take the door to the local 'real' lumber yard. They can do an exact (or nearly) match to the old door and it doesn't cost that much. Well worth the cost, compared to the time purchasing product, setting up, marking the door and mortising it.
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I hang doors for a living. Use a template that has adjustable spreaders for the hinge layout for consistant precision and is transferrable from jamb to door with out changing the layout. It should be able to be tacked to both jamb and door. The professional ones, like I have, Rockwell, are to expensive for home owner use but beware of 'cheapies'.

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Are your jambs square?
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