Mortise lock jig

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by Jackson88, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Jackson88

    Jackson88 New Member

    Just wondering if anyone uses a mortise jig and if So which one?

    Main ones seem to be Trend or dbb mortiser??

    I still use auger bits and chisels but looking to buy one this week?

  2. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    I'm a forstner bit and chisel guy myself, whilst I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than hang doors on a regular basis I must admit that Souber morticer does look damn good....
  3. Jackson88

    Jackson88 New Member

  4. Jackson88

    Jackson88 New Member

    I do seem to get a lot of door jobs!!

    I’ve stuck with the chisel and drill last 15yrs but the dbb does look a good bit of kit?
  5. chippie244

    chippie244 Super Member

    If I'm doing lots of mortice locks I use 2 fences on my big router using clamps as stops.
  6. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Got the trend jig. Makes it embarrassingly easy.
  7. chippie244

    chippie244 Super Member

    For what cost?
  8. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    I had to fit a stable door in an old cottage in the pouring rain last week. Nothing square or plum plus the stable doors were originally inward opening and now had to open outwards, so I had to cut off the rebates on the bottom and top sections and re-glue them so the top opened properly. Plus of course, being doors salvaged from else where, the barrel lock cut outs didn't match.

    You would think as you get older you would have more patience for jobs like this :oops:
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  9. AlvyChippy

    AlvyChippy Active Member

    For hanging doors- trend jig
    For locks... if one- forstner bits and chisel, if not- dbb morticer- takes bit of a time to learn set-up; cutters aren't cheap, but for couple or more locks- does pay back in time and quality (knots etc)
    Paid something like £130, these days they are lot cheaper (not the cutters) and if doing site work, do show it, if whoever in charge is reasonable- does supply couple of cutters, if not- auger bits, chiselling etc
  10. AlvyChippy

    AlvyChippy Active Member

  11. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    They say patience is a virtue, I wouldn't know as I've never had any, and unless you were fitting that on your own cottage, I'd have politely refused the job on the grounds of not worth the raised blood pressure and the vein popping out the side of your head.
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  12. chippie244

    chippie244 Super Member

    It just does what my router does.
  13. Jackson88

    Jackson88 New Member

    Great,thanks all for advice
  14. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Screwfix Select

    Having used both the big router and souber I have had good results with both but found it's easier to sink the forend neatly with the souber.
  15. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    It was my daughters cottage. To make it even worse - it was painted a pastel pink which was a lot lighter than I was, after all that faffing about and the with rain coming down as well.
  16. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    What do you mean Chippie?
  17. goldenboy

    goldenboy Super Member

    I used to go all in for jigs, had Trend hinge and lock jigs and a letterbox jig and plenty of others.

    Used them religiously for a couple of years.

    Gradually came to the realisation that for me personally its quicker and more adaptable to be chopping out for hinges and drilling out for locks.

    The sole exception is the Jigtech system. That has zero setup time uses just a cordless and saves an incredible amount of time.

    I used to take maybe 15-20 mins to do a latch, handles and frame keep and around 25-30mins to do a bathroom lock, handles and frame keep.

    That's down to less than 5 mins now for both.
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  18. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Trend jigs are great for fire doors etc, and that was the primary reason for purchase, especially for HMO's that require a lot of sash locks fitting.

    I'm going to try the jigtech system on my current refurb though, just standard doors, but can't be arsed with too much chiseling :D
  19. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    Souber jig user here, makes job so simple.
  20. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Screwfix Select

    I've used fostners and chisels in the past on the odd occasions I've had to hang doors and it's always been a bit stressful knowing a slip too deep, or off square is going to cause a fight of a job. Then I got a souber jig. Now I can fit that lock easily, with no sweat. I'm sure if you fit locks in the traditional way day in day out, then the jigs seem expensive. For the occasional DIY lock-fitter on expensive doors, it makes a potentially tricky job easy.

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