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JIG IT® Hinge Mortising System

An accurate, efficient and versatile jig for routing a variety of hinge mortises—including those for challenging quadrant hinges!
Item #
58822
Rating:
74% of 100

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.


Features:

  • 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 (#56249 or #90000, each sold separately) and a 3/8'' O.D. x 5/16''L Guide Bushing Adapter with Lock Nut (#43877 and #63107, each sold separately)
  • For extra deep mortises, use the exclusive 3/16'' diameter Rockler Extra-Long Quadrant Hinge Router Bit (#56249, 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)
Notice: 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
Weight 1.9500
Tech Spec
  • Material: Transparent 1/2'' acrylic (templates are 3/8'')
  • Compatible Material Thicknesses: 3/8'' to 1''
3.7 / 5.0
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Splendid
Excellent piece of kit that has no equivalent in the UK.
April 14, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great product. Very user friendly.
March 23, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Well built jig
Needed some assistance to install quadrant Hinges on 7 mahogany gift boxes. Jig produced reproducible results. The only challenge comes not from the jig but making the slots deep enough for the quadrant hinge swing arm. That was the only learning curve. The instructions sent with the jig were very precise Like so many Rockler ideas a good one
December 19, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good jig and easy to use
December 6, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
JIG IT
I used the Jig It mortise hinge system to install Brusso quadrant hinges with the Jig It Q1 template and the hinges fits tighter than two coats of paint.

Very pleased with the Jig It mortising system.
Secretary box ready to route mortises for a full mortise lock.
Hinges fit "tighter than two coats of paint."
Very accurate mortise for the Brusso quadrant hinges.
Jig It system ready for test run.
Using a small DeWalt plunge router.
June 6, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Very easy to setup and use. Makes installing hinges very easy.
March 6, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Tool does exactly what it is designed to do.
It is a precision tool and close attention is required for success. However, success is assured if you take time.
October 4, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
works good
good product. makes cutting in quadrant hinges easy.
July 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Accuracy of cut and to cut down time on hand tooling
Luis A on May 24, 2020
make setting hinges easier
Chuck C on Feb 29, 2020
Accuracy of cut and to cut down time on hand tooling
Luis A on May 24, 2020
Makes a difficult job easier. Hopefully
Gerald K on Apr 13, 2020
make setting hinges easier
Chuck C on Feb 29, 2020
accuracy, speed, convenience
Howard K on Jan 13, 2020
accuracy
Phillip E H on Jan 7, 2020
I need to route a little box and haven't done so before so figure this will help
Sarah Barnett A on Jan 2, 2020
Needed to make perfect morose for concealed hinge
Roger W on Nov 30, 2019
To help with accuracy and quality results.
B on Nov 23, 2019
Needed to install quadrant hinges on several small boxes I’m making
M A on Oct 26, 2019
This seems like it will make installing some of the difficult to install perfectly Brusso Hinges (such as quadrant hinges) really easy.
John H on Oct 19, 2019
To make a series of boxes for Christmas
Cary W on Aug 7, 2019
Help to assist with the large quadrant hinge mortise template
Matthew A on May 22, 2019
Needed to finish hinge installation on a box I’m working on.
Dana G on Mar 15, 2019
Needed to make the templates work.
NORMAN G on Mar 9, 2019
to mortise for hinges on small boxes
Luella U on Jan 26, 2019
Making a tea storage box for a gift
Michael G on Dec 5, 2018
building a jewelry box as a Christmas gift
Gary Black E on Dec 3, 2018
for installing hinges on gift boxes
Tim on Oct 4, 2018
This product isn't going to change the world but it will save me a lot of time, and probably frustration as well if I'm honest.
Travis F on Sep 28, 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
crazygreg 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
Kevin 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
Mike 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
Humidor
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
Makes a difficult job easier. Hopefully
Gerald K on Apr 13, 2020
accuracy, speed, convenience
Howard K on Jan 13, 2020
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: These are the only hinge templates so far for this jig. It doesn't look like there is one for a butt hinge.

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)
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
BEST ANSWER: No
what is the smallest box size that this jig will fit into?
shane b on May 19, 2017
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
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: By itself, item #58822 is not for a specific hinge. It is only the jig. You much also purchase the inserts, each for a particular hinge. For example, #50079 is the template for hinge #11099; #50174 is for hinge #11027, etc.
Does the routing bit not damage the plastic jig if you catch ii??Novice at Jigs.
Steve R on Oct 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the bit is inside a bushing. The outside of the bushing rides along the jog not damaging it. It does work very well. I recommend it.
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
Can a Q3 template be used with a 1/4” bit and guide bushing?
JON B on Nov 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It comes with a 3/16" bit and a bushing guide that is 3/8" outside diameter. I just checked and a 1/4" but will pass through the bushing guide. So I suppose it could be done. The problem I would see with using a 1/4" bit is that you would be routing a larger slot than is needed for the quadrant hinges. My recommendation is to stick with the 3/16" bit.
I bought a 21962 hinge mortising system, the manual says "you will need to extend these mortises by drilling and that "tips are included online..." the only tip says"Installing hinges with lid stays and support arms (such as quadrant hinges) will require additional material removal with a drill or chisel." No kidding, where are the tips? how much deeper and where in the mortises do the holes need to be drilled? For $60 plus shipping, you could have put these "additional tips" in the instruction manual.....
Dale D on May 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this unit with most of the inserts that Rockler offers. Initially I found some difficulty using it. I would use the router as instructed and still found I had to remove some additional material. Then I went back to square one and reviewed the instructions and the results I was getting. In a nutshell, if you follow the instructions exactly and make sure the fixture is stable and will not move, you should get an exact match of the hinge to the box. I would recommend you try on scraps first and adjust as needed. The only thing you should have to adjust is the depth of the router bit. If you pay close attention to these things, you should have a great result. The fixture seems very accurate as long as we follow the simple instructions! LOL!!! For me, this seems to be my way of life; I have learned many ways not to use this fixture, if you know what I mean.

JPL
Hi
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 metric version of this jig?
Fred K on Nov 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not at this time.
Is there a template for "L" shaped cabinet hinges?
Tyson 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.
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