|Item Weight||1.77 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.6 x 6.9 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||1213|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||3 year limited warranty. Milescraft will at its option, repair, or replace without charge, any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship for three years from the date of purchase.|
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Milescraft 1213 Complete Door Mortising Kit
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- Increase security and privacy in your home by replacing interior and exterior doors
- By routing matching mortises for hinges, strike plates, and latch plates into the door and jamb
- Featuring an easy to use drop-in template design with a sturdy steel frame
- Easy to use drop in template design with clearly marked templates
- Sturdy steel template frame with door thickness selector knob for 1-3/4 and 1-3/8-Inch doors
- Includes durable tungsten carbide tipped router bit with ball bearing eliminating the need for guide bushings on your router
- Centered tape measure tabs and easy measure guide ensure correct and precise installation of door hardware
- Reusable packaging for template storage when not in use
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Increase Security And Privacy In Your Home By Replacing Interior And Exterior Doors Without Damaging The Jamb Or Door Frame With The Doormortisekit From Milescraft. By Routing Matching Mortises For Hinges, Strike Plates, And Latch Plates Into The Door And Jamb, You Won'T Have To Tear A Hole In The Wall Just To Hang A Better Wooden Door. Featuring An Easy To Use Drop-In Template Design With A Sturdy Steel Frame, This Kit Comes With Everything You Need For Most Hinges, Strike Plates, And Latch Plates On 1-3/4" And 1-3/8" Doors And Jambs. Simply Set The Door Thickness Selector Knob, Attach To The Door Or Jamb, Drop In The Plainly Marked Template For Your Door Hardware, And Rout. Includes A Durable Tungsten Carbide Tipped 1/2" Router Bit With Ball Bearing, Eliminating The Need For Guide Bushings. Also Includes An Easy Measure Guide Where We Have Done The Math And Made It Simple For You To Get Standard Industry Placement Of Your Door Hardware. Centered Tabs On Each Template Ensure Complete Accuracy. This Product Is Packaged In A Clamshell That Snaps Shut To Act As A Hanging Storage Container For Your Templates When Not In Use. Simply Cut Off The Package Seal Edge When Opening For Reuse. For Best Results, Milescraft Recommends Applying 2-4 Pieces Of Tape To The Templates. Kit Includes The Following Templates.
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Increase security and privacy in your home by replacing interior and exterior doors without damaging the jamb or door frame with the Door Mortise Kit from Milescraft. By routing matching mortises for hinges, strike plates, and latch plates into the door and jamb, you won't have to tear a hole in the wall just to hang a better wooden door. Featuring an easy to use drop-in template design with a sturdy steel frame, this kit comes with everything you need for most hinges, strike plates, and latch plates on 1-3/4-Inch and 1-3/8-Inch doors and jambs. Gone are the days of chiseling or setting stops and pegs to rout a mortise. Simply set the door thickness selector knob, attach to the door or jamb, drop in the plainly marked template for your door hardware, and rout! Includes a durable tungsten carbide tipped 1/2-Inch router bit with ball bearing, eliminating the need for guide bushings. Also includes an Easy Measure Guide where we have done the math and made it simple for you to get standard industry placement of your door hardware. Centered tabs on each template ensure complete accuracy. This product is packaged in a clamshell that snaps shut to act as a hanging storage container for your templates when not in use. Simply cut off the package seal edge when opening for reuse. Includes the following templates: HINGE MORTISES (For square AND rounded hinges): 2-1/2, 3, 3-1/2, 4, and 4-1/2-Inch hinges. STRIKE PLATE MORTISES: 1-1/8 by 2-3/4, 1-1/2 by 2-1/4, and 1-1/2 by 2-3/4-Inch strike plates LATCH PLATE MORTISES: 1 by 2-1/4, 1-1/8 by 2-1/4, and 1-1/8 by 2-3/4-Inch latch plates. Some chiseling required on templates with square corners.
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The plastic templates fit into the frame and remain there by friction fit... there are small plastic "ramps" molded into the templates that tighten the fit as you press the template into the frame.
1) The frame that holds the plastic templates is made of approx. 16 ga. punched and pressed sheet metal that has been chrome plated after forming. The BIG negative in their quality control process is that they didn't dress the sharp edges after the punching process and these sharp edges cut into the "ramps", shaving them down each time you switch templates. The first thing to do when you receive your kit is to soften the inside edges with some 320 grit +/- sandpaper. This will make it easier to seat the templates as well as make them last longer.
2) The holes in the frame intended for the fastening screws are just straight holes (not couter-sunk), which doesn't work well with a self-centering Vix-bit style pilot drill. I counter-sunk the holes on my frame to make using a Vix-bit practical.
3) Buy a bottle of router bearing lube and keep your guide bearing lubed so that the outer race that rides against the plastic templates does not spin once in contact with the template. If you neglect this and let the bearing seize up and spins the outer race, the friction will destroy the templates. Remember to spin your bearing by hand before you route and you'll be fine.
4) The plastic package that the kit comes in is claimed to be reusable, but that's only if you have a great memory and the time/patience to re-assemble the parts exactly as they came when new. Go ahead and buy a cheap (or not so cheap) plastic, mini-suitcase style case with removable bins (from HF, Stanley, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Sortimo, or Tanos) and some Kiazen foam [...] Fastcap Kaizen Foam 57mm (2-1/4") Black]] and organize the kit sanely.
With the above minor mods, this kit should last a good while. Even if you do end up wearing the templates out, the price is low enough to warrant replacing the kit every few years or when needed. Compared to the price of high end professional jigs, you could buy six or eight (or more) of these kits for the price of one of their kits... and this kit is more versatile than many pro-kits. It all comes down to how often you use these in your work and if it fits your needs.
The Milescraft product does BOTH very well.
HOWEVER, there are two drawbacks that kept me from giving the product 5 stars.
First, the marking guides are worthless, especially on the doors, unless you measure the distances with a measuring tape as you attach the template to the door/jam, which, unless you have 4 hands, is very difficult to do, especially since the templates screw into the door/jam. If you mark the door/jam with a pencil, then you encounter the "parallax " factor because the templates don't have alignment marks on the inside, where they're needed, AND the router guides are raised off the work surface, which means you have to be very careful to view the alignment marks and template straight-on or you may attach the template slightly off because of paralax.
The 2nd flaw, I'very already mentioned, is that the inside of the templates don't have alignment marks, they're raised off the work surface, which makes them difficult to align, and they're difficult to seat into the metal template holder. If not fully seated, the depth of your router cuts will be inconsistent. I had to use pliers and a hammer to seat them.
These might seem like minor flaws, but if the hinge sets aren't perfectly aligned and square, you'll end up with misaligned/binding doors. An experienced craftsman probably would not struggle with this product too much, but the average Do It Yourselfer might damage a few doors/jams learning how to use it.
The templates are made of pretty thin plastic (black in my kit, not red as pictured) that do not fit into the metal frame well. They are slightly too large, so once you push them into place, they tend to pop back out. Looks like some sandpaper will be needed to sand off flashing from manufacture so they fit flush. That fit is required for the routed cavity to be the correct and even depth- if one side of the template backs out as you cut, your cavity will be uneven.
Hinge templates for all common sizes of hinges are included, striker plates, etc. Very comprehensive kit for the occasional do it yourself-er, not at all for a professional who needs to use it repeatedly- it will not last under industrial strain.