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Can I use router to mortise hinge & lock on fiberglass door?

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I have not worked with fiberglass doors previously.  I have had limited experience hanging doors in existing jambs most of my work has been pre-hung units, but I am comfortable taking it on.

Now I have a client that wants an exterior door replaced, and I lean toward just replacing the slab.

If I purchase a fiberglass slab, can I use my router and template to mortise the hinges?

The existing lock is a mortise style lock, which I have never worked with.  Is the strike side stile on a fiberglass door a different material that routes cleanly?  Is it crazy to attempt installing a mortise lock on a fiberglass door?

I have visions of touching a router bit to the door and shredding out long strands of fiberglass and instantly ruining a $500+ slab.

Blue Fox Carpentry

Kevin Massie

Carpenter/Civil Engineer

Kevin (post #215343, reply #1 of 1)

Bluefox_ wrote:

I have not worked with fiberglass doors previously.  I have had limited experience hanging doors in existing jambs most of my work has been pre-hung units, but I am comfortable taking it on.

Now I have a client that wants an exterior door replaced, and I lean toward just replacing the slab.

If I purchase a fiberglass slab, can I use my router and template to mortise the hinges?

The existing lock is a mortise style lock, which I have never worked with.  Is the strike side stile on a fiberglass door a different material that routes cleanly?  Is it crazy to attempt installing a mortise lock on a fiberglass door?

I have visions of touching a router bit to the door and shredding out long strands of fiberglass and instantly ruining a $500+ slab.

Blue Fox Carpentry

check closely in advance the slab you'll be getting.  All the Fiberglas entry's I've worked with have a wood edge you can rout the hinges and and latch mortise of conventional hardware.  A mortise lock set might have a wider plate.......

Drilling out the holes in the fiberglass skin would be no problem.  

 

The rail and stile dimensions should be available from the manufacturer.

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