In France, we use a different hinge to the butt hinge. So Lets’s learn HOW TO fit a French Hinge.
In this video, I will demonstrate how I install the french door hinges using a router.
These hinges are versatile because these hinges make removing the door easily due to their ‘drop on’ pin design.
The French Hinge comes in two main types ‘Square End’ or ‘Round End’. The square end is installed using a chisel just like the English Butt. The Round End is fitted with the help of a router and fence or jig.
What Tools do we use?
In this video, we use a few simple tools including homemade a jig out of scrap wood.
In this video, I show you in my cack-handed way, How to Fit a French-style door hinge using a router and a homemade jig.
The router I use is the Metabo but this Triton Router is also in our Arsenal and nice to use with hinge jigs https://amzn.to/2CNCsrC
You will need a compatible guide kit for this router https://amzn.to/2CLtMBS You will also need a compatible router cutter we use a 6mm fluted cutter.
A pair of F Clamps is helpful to hold the jig to the door. These are low cost but still well made I have a few https://amzn.to/2SbSK7b
We make our own jigs from scrap wood but you can buy jigs but it is really easy to make. How to hang a door on French drop-on Hinges? In France, we use a different hinge to the butt hinge even though they are available but non-compatible sizes.
The French door hinge is reasonably priced if you buy from the right store. For instance, I can buy a 110mm door hinge from Bricoman for 1e30c. In Mr Bricolage or Bricomarché at the (time of writing) are only sold in pairs for twice if not three times the price. These hinges make removing the door once hung easily due to their ‘drop on’ pin design.
The French Hinge comes in two main types ‘Square End’ or ‘Round End’ The square end is installed using a chisel just like the English Butt. The Round End is fitted with the help of a router and fence or jig. Compose all the required hinge components and tools Take hinge and place on door hung side and mark around the door with a sharp pencil or marking knife. Use the Barrel of the hinge as a stop guide.
Using a Router with a cutter the width of the hinge and a fence fitted machine clearance to the thickness of the hinge. Tip: use a block of wood and clamp to act as a stop for the router. Screw hinge to the door being careful that no obstructions make the door bind. Repeat for the three-door hinges Matches the hinge positions on the door onto the hung side door jam. Repeat the three corresponding hinge positions.