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An accurate, efficient and versatile jig for routing a variety of hinge mortises—including those for challenging quadrant hinges!

JIG IT® Hinge Mortising System

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Nothing quite complements a fine jewelry box like a set of high-quality hinges, expertly mortised into the rim of your box with precise margins that hug the contours of the hinges. Combined with the appropriate Mortise Templates (sold separately) this jig lets you do just that—rout flawless hinge mortises for decorative boxes. It takes the stress out of the final stage of box making, a stage that, if it goes wrong, can ruin the entire box. Using the jig is as easy as A-B-C. Just insert the appropriate Mortise Template for your hinge and use a plunge router with a straight bit and guide bushing to rout the mortises. Detailed instructions are included to make the process easy and foolproof. Since you rout the mortises for both lid and box at the same time, with the same setup, perfect alignment is virtually guaranteed.


  • Rigid, low-friction acrylic surface is ideal for routing
  • Transparent acrylic for clear visibility
  • Fence is adjustable for material thicknesses ranging from 3/8'' to 1''
  • Laser etchings on the jig make alignment quick and simple
  • Box and lid are routed at the same time to ensure perfect alignment
  • Using the jig requires a plunge router, 3/16'' diameter straight bit (#90000, sold separately) and a 3/8'' O.D. x 5/16''L Guide Bushing Adapter with Lock Nut (#43877 and #63107, sold separately)

Available Hinge Mortise Templates and Compatible Hinges (More Coming Soon!):

  • 50079 Q1 Premier Quadrant Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #11099 hinge)
  • 50174 Q2 Side Rail Hinge with Lid Stay Mortise Template (Use for #11027 hinge)
  • 51331 Q3 Large Quadrant Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #46807 and #24300 hinges)
  • 54698 Q4 Small Quadrant Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #48068 and #21962 hinges)
  • 56612 Q5 Side Rail Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #11040 Hinge)
  • Installing hinges with lid stays and support arms (such as quadrant hinges) will require additional material removal with a drill or chisel.
(1) JIG IT® Hinge Mortising System (hinge templates sold separately)
(1) Set of hex wrenches (for assembly and setup)
(1) Set of instructions
More Information
Brand Rockler
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight 1.9500
Tech Spec
  • Material: Transparent 1/2'' acrylic (templates are 3/8'')
  • Compatible Material Thicknesses: 3/8'' to 1''
Tech Docs
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3.7 / 5.0
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works good
good product. makes cutting in quadrant hinges easy.
July 26, 2018
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Never Have Mis-Aligned Hinges Again
Just what the wood doctor ordered. Simple, easy and accurate. Never be afraid to install European hinges again!
February 24, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great tool!
I had a little trouble when I first used it but found out what I was doing wrong.,It was snap to use it the second time! I don't know how else I would mortise for Quadrant hinges!
January 2, 2018
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
A great jig but for all of it to work right, everything must be absolutely square--period!! Close doesn't count!!
October 3, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Spendy but works well
Takes some time for initial setup, but works well. It is unfortunate that each additional template has to be purchased.
September 21, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
very versatile jig
This jig has solved all my problems and its well worth the money. Just be aware that the insert templates are for Rockler products only - as expected. I have used it with the side rail hinge sold by Rockler and it is perfect. For all you guys using either the smarthinge by Andrew Crawford or the neathinge by Ian Hawthorne it is not too difficult to make your own insert template. Use a Rockler supplied template to copy from and I made some from acrylic.
Otherwise make sure the lid is well supported when routing to prevent it yielding under pressure.Much better than using a router table.
May 19, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
So Glad I Found This!
Extremely well designed and executed template takes the worry out of setting quadrant hinges!
March 4, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I've used it but once and am pleased with the result, wish more templates were available.
February 26, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Hinge Mortising System
I have jigs for a lot of things. This system is great for small to large boxes. I have been making jewelery boxes lately and needed a way to make mortises for different hinges I use.
Bought base unit, then went back and purchased all components for the entire system. Very happy and would recommend this for beginners or advanced woodworkers. Easy to use.
February 23, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
The first jig received was out of alignment. When customer service was contacted, a new jig was sent right away.
I made several boxes from a recent Wood Magazine, and was not comfortable with their method of setting the hinges. This jig is perfect for these boxes, and will be used for many different ones as well.
Thanks for the great service, and a well built product!!
November 26, 2016
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Chose this to cut time in making my boxes
Nicholas B on Jun 6, 2018
use with hinges
michael j on Feb 27, 2018
Chose this to cut time in making my boxes
Nicholas B on Jun 6, 2018
Covers all the hinge types!
Sandy f on Apr 2, 2018
use with hinges
michael j on Feb 27, 2018
Gift item
Susan D on Dec 15, 2017
To fit above accurately
Martin C on Dec 7, 2017
I needed it to install the hinges easily
Gregory W on Nov 22, 2017
ease of use and precision
Clifford T on Nov 10, 2017
Building a box for graduation.
Judy K. A on Nov 4, 2017
It's one I need to build the humidor that Marc Spagnuolo builds and recommends the hinges.
Barry G on Sep 14, 2017
Want to be able to automate the hinge process.
Darrel S on May 15, 2017
Making a box with a quadrant hinge. Everything I have read makes it seem that this is easiest way to make the mortises for the hinges.
David D on Apr 20, 2017
To install hinge
Raymond H on Apr 13, 2017
looking forward to using hidden hinges
K J on Mar 22, 2017
great jig for making perfect hinge inlays.
Good Wood Butcher on Mar 4, 2017
Did you get system is a fine system but doesn't require special inserts for each hinge. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place for mounting this hinge.
harold m on Mar 4, 2017
For setting the mortise for special jewelry box hinges
ALAN V on Feb 23, 2017
Most reviews state this jig works very well
David H on Feb 13, 2017
Hinge mortising I am tired of building great looking projects then screwing up the hinge mortises
Randy K on Jan 30, 2017
Only good method on market to router mortise side rail hinge.
Don B on Jan 28, 2017
Jason E. S on Jan 17, 2017
For small to medium keepsake box hinge installation.
Joseph S on Jan 5, 2017
making boxes with quadrant hinges
Gary C on Jan 4, 2017
Cigar box project.
David G on Jan 2, 2017
Ease in mounting quadrant hinges
James P on Jan 1, 2017
To install hinges.
Timothy J on Dec 24, 2016
Hinge mortising can be very difficult to get just right, so there is no play or binding of the hinges.
Mark B on Dec 9, 2016
for box project
Fravel M on Nov 17, 2016
Ad sounded good.
James on Oct 27, 2016
Because it's Required
Brian D on Oct 20, 2016
Make installation of hinges much easier
Steve H on Oct 17, 2016
Box hinge guide and routing.
Dipak P on Oct 3, 2016
Cannot cut straight to save my life - needed something to help me!
Malcolm W on Sep 20, 2016
Seems a useful jig to make mortises.
mmalinco on Sep 20, 2016
I need to mortise for a small box lock.
oscslane on Aug 14, 2016
The system looked pretty easy to use and I wanted something to help me make these types of hinge mortises.
Fred M on Jul 26, 2016
Humidor box.
Nicholas S on Jun 13, 2016
To make jewelry boxes, and other small boxes with different hinges
Robert A on May 24, 2016
to speed up the process of installing side rail hinges
Edmond S on Apr 27, 2016
To cleanly set quadrant hinges without worry
P S on Apr 23, 2016
Needed to make a hard job easy
Edward H on Apr 1, 2016
Ease and accuracy in installing quadrant hinges
Alexander B on Mar 26, 2016
To complete a Humidor Project
George J on Mar 21, 2016
facilitate installation of the quadrant hinges.
RALPH B on Mar 11, 2016
Valentine's Day jewelry box hinges
KEVIN F on Feb 24, 2016
Time saver
Richard E on Jan 29, 2016
For hinge installation
Gary W on Jan 26, 2016
Jig It Hinge Mortising System made it very easy to install quadrant hinges for a new project. Used this with Q4 template project was a snap.
John G on Jan 16, 2016
For placing templates in the proper postion.
C L on Jan 6, 2016
needed accurate jig for mortising hinges on small pencil boxes using 5/16" thick material. I hope this works!
albert j on Jan 4, 2016
Humbert S on Dec 28, 2015
Covers all the hinge types!
Sandy f on Apr 2, 2018
Gift item
Susan D on Dec 15, 2017
Does anyone know if one of these jigs can be used for a simple butt hinge for a jewelry box ?
Mack D on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I guess no one knows the answer to this very simple question. It was first put up here on 04.15.2016. It is now 03.01.2018. Does Rockler care???
How far in from an edge will the jig work?
Brian R on Sep 25, 2016
can you use this jig to mortised face frame cabinet and door for butt hinge?
marina b on Mar 21, 2016
I heard from a friend there were problems with the manufacturing of earlier stock of these, have these issues been addressed?
Rainy on Nov 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the first shipment we had of these had some quality issues with the molding of the black spacers. These have been re-engineered and remanufactured. All current inventory has been corrected to include the newly manufactured pieces and future stock will have the new spacers.
If anyone has a system they are having issues with our technical support team is available to help at 800-260-9663.
Being an early adapter I was delighted to get this jig. It worked just fine except that the mortice is 3mm too short using the supplied spacer bar. Is it designed exclusively for the Rockler range of hinges ?
recipio on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: make sure you have the right jig for that hinge, also check your hinge size before you cut. Make sure you are using Rockler hinges because that is what they are made for.
can I use this for interior doors ?
Bob G on Jul 31, 2017
what is the smallest box size that this jig will fit into?
shane b on May 19, 2017
Does the kit come with one template or do you have to purchase this separately from the jig?
Chris on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The jig system does not come with a template insert. They have to be purchased separately based on the hinge you are going to use.
What hinges is this template designed for?
JIG IT® Hinge Mortising System
Item #: 58822
DDD on Dec 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Hinge Mortising System is the primary Jig "system" that you can add different templates to. There are separate templates for different hinges you want to mortise and I believe categorized well in the catalog. I have been very pleased with it so far. Easy to use and does a very accurate job.
Is there a template for Brusso stop hinges for a jewelry box?
Robert A on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Brusso makes a brass one if you contact them, but this one is more versatile. I'm on my third jewelry box for wedding gifts for daughter s and finally, on the last found this. It works fine
Do we get all templates as shown in the video or we have to buy them separately?What if we buy more than 1 SET?
vipul j on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You have to buy the templates separately for the hinge you want to instal
Is there a template for "L" shaped cabinet hinges?
W Tyson D on Dec 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Available Hinge Mortise Templates and Compatible Hinges are:
•50079 Q1 Premier Quadrant Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #11099 hinge)
•50174 Q2 Side Rail Hinge with Lid Stay Mortise Template (Use for #11027 hinge)
•51331 Q3 Large Quadrant Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #46807 and #24300 hinges)
•54698 Q4 Small Quadrant Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #48068 and #21962 hinges)
•56612 Q5 Side Rail Hinge Mortise Template (Use for #11040 Hinge)
Is the Rockler Router Guide Bushing Kit Item #: 59031 compatible with this jig?
James on Feb 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This worked great for me. The key is getting the top level and square to the rest of the box when you align the template. If you buy this also pick up the bit and bushing. I didn't on the first try and it would have helped.