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6 great uses for trim routers

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No-tip hinge mortises

3. No-tip hinge mortises

Using a trim router for routing shallow hinge mortises proves a no-brainer. A full-size router can tip or wobble when you balance it on a workpiece edge (a door, for example). But a trim router, with its narrow base, light weight, and low center of gravity, makes the job easy. Use a template with a top-bearing dado cleanout bit with a small cutterhead. Square up the corners, if needed, with a chisel.

Shop for bearing-guided dado cleanout bits.

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