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Rockler Picture-Hanging Keyhole Template

Hang pictures easily and precisely.
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Hang pictures and other items easily and precisely with this slot cutting template. No measuring is required, just line up the template with the corners of your frame and rout - your slots will always be level. The two short slots are perfectly symmetrical so you can switch easily from left to right. The long slot increases your horizontal adjustability. Use with the 5/8" Short-Shank Guide Bushing (#38756, sold separately), specially designed for 1/4" template stock, and a 3/8" Hanging Slot Router Bit (#92024, sold separately). Use double-faced tape to secure template to workpiece. The narrow venting slots allow chips to escape.

(1) Rockler Picture-Hanging Keyhole Template
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Brand Rockler
Weight 0.2200
Tech Spec
  • Long Slot Measures: 6-1/8"
  • Short Slots Measure 1-7/8"
  • Template Measures: 3" x 9"
  • Material: 1/4" Acrylic
Type Keyhole
4.7 / 5.0
32 Reviews
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Saves time and effort.
Works as it should. Make sure it is secure and it’ll work perfectly.
January 8, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wasn't sure if I should purchase this, but am glad I did. Worked smoothly with the recommended 5/8" Short Shank Guide Bushing and Nut, and the 3/8" D x 3/8" H x 1/4" Shank Rockler Keyhole Slot Bit. Used carpet tape to stick the template to the piece of wood and was done making perfect keyholes in just a couple minutes.
December 26, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
happy to run across this template
This template/bit worked very well and solved a problem I was facing.
December 11, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Really handy
Very useful. Makes the holes look professional. Bought two.
October 28, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I like gadgets
Extremely convenient and easy to use
July 25, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
This item combined with the shank collar (bushing?) and the keyhole slot router bit gave me professional results and professional I am not!
June 30, 2019
9 months ago
This picture hanging keyhole template along with the collar and the router bit are an amazing combo. I am an seldom woodworker, but these items gave me a professional result after only one trial run. I can not recommend these enough. Also, the video was tremendously helpful as well.
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June 29, 2019
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very easy to use.
June 12, 2019
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works as advertised
I only used it once but it performed great. A very good jig to have on hand for hanging all sorts of pictures etc.
May 9, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Picture Template
Exactly what I needed to complete my project
May 1, 2019
11 months ago
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Materials on line indicated this was prudent.
John M on Mar 8, 2020
Sign Hanging
Scott A on Jan 26, 2020
Materials on line indicated this was prudent.
John M on Mar 8, 2020
Makes my life easier when making frames
Allen D on Feb 11, 2020
Sign Hanging
Scott A on Jan 26, 2020
I just started working with wood and made a wall mount coat rack, as my first project with my new router. This is one piece of mint to come to add to the versatility of my shop.
James B on Jan 18, 2020
Got the recommendation from staff. They were just a phone call away.
Patricia W on Nov 28, 2019
Keyholes without a jig are sketchy
tim k on Oct 31, 2019
For crafting
Bob S on Oct 12, 2019
I purchased this so I would make more uniform keyhole slots in my products.
Theresa C on Sep 12, 2019
Perfect tool for a perfect job
Joseph W on Aug 21, 2019
For ease of hanging signs
J F on Jul 5, 2019
I love using keyhole slots and wanted something so I didn't have to come up with a custom jig each time I made some
John H on Jun 24, 2019
Make the work of keyhole slots easier
B R on Jun 1, 2019
to hang things that my wife wants the first time
Thomas Weaver R on May 20, 2019
I need this to make work easier.
jerry on Apr 26, 2019
William D on Apr 20, 2019
Seems to be the easiest way to make keyholes for photo frames. Can't wait to try it out.
Shashwat P on Apr 16, 2019
To make key holes easier.
JAMES G on Apr 14, 2019
nicer projects
Bill P on Apr 10, 2019
thought it would be handy
Joseph G on Mar 31, 2019
I needed to rout some keyholes on the back of some decorative letters (made of MDF) my wife purchased. I didn't want to mount them with brackets which would push them away from the wall. And I certainly didn't want to use double-sided tape.
Joe P on Mar 28, 2019
I have a lot of projects that require a professional look to my ncklide how they are hung
Brian on Mar 17, 2019
shop use
Richard B on Mar 8, 2019
For my wall signs that need the more professional look.
brenna f on Feb 25, 2019
Appears to be a great way to get consistant hanging slots.
JJLLBB on Feb 2, 2019
need for wall hanging items
Charles M on Jan 26, 2019
Needed on for my signs I produce to allow another method of hanging.
Chuck B on Jan 19, 2019
I do a lot of photo engraved custom made basswood plaques that need key holes put on them. This product will make it much easier to do professional looking key holes on the plaques.
David Z on Jan 8, 2019
I have made my own jig in the past to center it on the board but this will make it a lot easier.
Micah B on Nov 27, 2018
Needed for a project
Kevin S on Nov 26, 2018
Better than using wire to hang large pix (w home-made frames).
James D on Oct 4, 2018
EDWARD S on May 22, 2018
looking for clean, quick way to create hangers for projects.
Jeff S on Apr 13, 2018
Needed for hanging corbels.
Kenneth R S on Apr 13, 2018
easy way to hang pictures frames
Blaze B on Apr 12, 2018
Makes it easy when making my signs
Michelle G on Mar 5, 2018
to make keyholes to hang picture/ wood signs
Glenn B on Jan 22, 2018
easy placement of key holes
Kevin on Mar 22, 2017
best pricing
roger T on Mar 16, 2017
Quick and precise
James B on Mar 10, 2017
I need this method of hanging picture frames.
LAWRENCE P on Mar 7, 2017
make it easier
micah r on Feb 9, 2017
its a good template
daniel g on Jan 27, 2017
After battling use of my keyhole router bit with just my router fence, so essentially freehanding the keyholes and finding that no matter what I tried to do, every route had a flaw, I looked for a jig and asked around, and everyone swears by this fail-safe jig.
Charlie B on Jan 16, 2017
Need it
Damon W on Dec 27, 2016
I am going to use this template to help me hang custom picture frames
Tim H on Oct 26, 2016
Watch online video.
James J on Oct 18, 2016
dennis c on Oct 13, 2016
Keith R on Sep 24, 2016
I have not used this yet.
David L on Sep 18, 2016
I need to hang a picture and im a wood guy.
Travis G on Sep 14, 2016
Makes my life easier when making frames
Allen D on Feb 11, 2020
I just started working with wood and made a wall mount coat rack, as my first project with my new router. This is one piece of mint to come to add to the versatility of my shop.
James B on Jan 18, 2020
Is there a template for the 1/2 inch keyhole bit?
Don A on Jan 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Don, great question. I use the Rockler Keyhole Template as well as custom jigs/fixtures I make for specific circumstances. When the situation calls for a direct keyhole mount, the Rockler Keyhole Template is easy and fast. Simply afix the template with 2-sided tape and go to work. Practice first is always a good idea. Frequent or repetitive work, I go with a fixture.
How much weight will the keyhole carry? I want to hang a quilt hanger with a quilt and want to make sure it will hold.
Susan J on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm no expert, but I have used this method. I think the depth of the keyhole, the type of wood.(walnut ,pine, poplar, etc), and whether course or fine thread screws are used, all affect the amount of weight capacity. My general comment is that the keyhole is a fairly dependable method of hanging light to medium weight objects. Another criteria is the use of two or three keyholes on the one piece. you have to be precise in the placement of multiple keyholes. I have used this configuration and it supports significant weight. hope this helps.
i purchased the picturehanging keyhole template and have the 1/2" 1/4" shank slot bit will this work with the template i bought or do i need the 3/8" bit ?
Stephen on Aug 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No the 1/2" 1/4" bit will work. Thats what I use. It works fine.
Do you sell a template to make the opening required for a recessed ring pull that is 1 1/2" X 1 1/4" to place on kitchen cabinet doors?
Kathleen C on Oct 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry, we do not have a template for that.
Do you have a template where the slot measures 1 inch?
John U on Jul 10, 2017
? I just purchased the keyhole template , bushing and router but . But I can’t find any instructions on settings the proper depth for the bit. I’m just not sure on the proper depth. I have the 5/8 guide bushing 38756 and bit 92024 for it. Thank You
Doug on Jan 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Kind of depends on the stock you are using and how you are hanging the item.

You need to decide how much material you want/need so that the material between
the slot and the surface of the wood is strong enough to bear the weight of whatever
is being hung. The space between the top of the broad part of the cutting head and the bottom of the
bushing sets the thickness of the material above the slot that you cut.

You want the broad part to plunge down creating the insertion point for the hanging screw, and then
it cuts a "T" shaped slot to hang from.
Will a key hole slot work well with signs made with the state park kits?
larry e on Aug 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The thickness of the board is the most important question here. If your keyhole is 3/4 total and your board is 1" you can't go too far with your lettering kit. Practice on spare wood to find the good match keeping in mind the keyhole depth and strength is the most important consideration.
Can I use this keyhole template with my Dremel Plunge Attachment? If so, do I still need to purchase the matching Shank Guide?
RA Home Goods on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Would be advisable to use the shank guide the plunge base dose stay in contact wit the guide
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