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    I'm planning on installing European hinges on cabinet doors that I have made. I see there are hinge kits that come with a Forstner bit and jig that you can buy. Has anyone used a router to drill the hole and made their own jig? Thanks.

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    Re: European Hinges

    I never have but it would seem you could fashion a simple jig from a piece of hardboard or plywood and use a bushing in a plunge router. Cut a hole sized for you router bit and bushing to yield the correct size hole for the hinge. Add a fence to slide up next to the door edge and clamp the jig in place. Then plunge the router down and swirl around to router the hole out.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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      Re: European Hinges

      I have done it both way. Before getting the special metric bit, I did a couple with my plunge router free hand (without a template). I just marked the wood with a pencil and did it slowly. You cannot tell which hinge is done with the router because the hinge metal cup cover it all.

      LM

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