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Whether you’re a professional cabinet maker and installer, or you’re just doing a DIY job of refurbishing or renovating your own kitchen, for instance.
A great cabinet hardware jig can save you a LOT of time and effort. It will also make for a more accurate job.
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In this article we will show you how to find the perfect cabinet hardware jig and as always we have reasearched and reviewed the best cabinet hardware jigs that are available in the market.
So, let's dive right into it...
Cabinet Hardware Jigs
TRUE POSITION TP-1934
The best inexpensive alternative of TP-1935
KREG CABINET JIG
Best for the money
KREG COMBO JIG
Best combo (Drawer,Cabinet,Hinge)
Consider if you are in really really tight budget
How to find a perfect cabinet hardware jig?
I know what it can be like.
You realise you need some new equipment, in this case a cabinet hardware jig.
Then you start to look around and what happens?
Yup. An avalanche of confusing facts, figure, features and information.
Choosing can be difficult.
But I’m here to help…
There are really only a few things you want to look for to get a good cabinet hardware jig.
So, let’s figure out what they are now.
You’ll be using this piece of kit a lot.
Bear that in mind when you look around for jigs.
In terms of them lasting the distance, they need to be strong.
They need to have measures built in that will help them take the abuse they’ll get through use.
Look for nicely reinforced hole templates. Steel is always better than aluminium and will last longer.
Does the hardware jig that you’re looking at have steel liners and bushings?
Ease of use:
Is this jig going to save you more time than a less expensive jig?
A lot of cheaper or inferior jigs will work just fine. But you’ll end up having to do a lot of measuring and setting up to get good results.
Properly read all the available information. Don’t necessarily be seduced just by cost.
A low cost is great to get – if you can get it!
But it doesn’t always make sense to go for something cheap, if it defeats the purpose of buying one in the first place!
Does the jig you’re considering find centre for you? Or are you going to have to carefully measure centre every time you set up?
Think about it.
What’s in the box?
Also remember, not all cabinet hardware jig packages are created equal.
Pay careful attention to what equipment is included in the box.
Will this thing do shelf holes?
Will it easily find centres and do cabinet handles?
Sometimes, you’ll get a basic package, but will need to buy extra parts for different jobs.
Don’t assume you’ll get everything for the basic price. That’s not to rule out packages that require you buy extra parts either.
This can be useful and save you money if you only want the jig to install a certain type of hardware.
It means that you won’t be paying for equipment that’s going to sit in a workshop drawer gathering dust for years.
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So, now we know what to look for. Let’s look more closely at the five best cabinet hardware jigs out there.
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5 BEST Cabinet hardware jigs - REVIEWS
1. True Position TP-1935 - Best Overall
Ok, so the True Position TP-1935 is the first cabinet hardware jig we’re going to be looking at here.
The first thing you notice about the True Position jig is that it’s well made.
And I mean extremely well made.
This tool is manufactured like an aircraft part. Everything is solid, there’s no unnecessary play in any of the moving parts, and it just feels great to hold.
This hardware jig does everything.
It will do shelf holes all day and it cuts out that time consuming need for finding centres repeatedly.
Set it up and do as many drawers as you want to do.
You can also use it to do long runs of shelf holes for taller cabinets. Amazing.
This thing doesn’t stop there either.
You can actually fit handles as long as 38-inches! That’s 960mm long handles!
Verdict on TP-1935:
If you need to get a hole bunch of work done. And you want to save a whole bunch of time – then this is the cabinet hardware jig for you.
Not only does it make hardware installation easy, it does it all and it’s super accurate and well made. This thing will last forever.
2. The Inexpensive Alternative - Trueposition TP1934
What we have here is the little brother of our top pick on the list. This is another True Position cabinet hardware jig, and even though it isn’t as large and comprehensive as number one – this jig is just as good at doing what it does.
- Steel bushings
- Robust and easy to use
- Great easy to see markings
What’s to shout about?
A lot, is the simple answer to that question.
This is a jig that has been made to highly professional standards and that shows from the moment you get this tool out of the box that it came in.
There’s zero wobble or play – anywhere, in any of the moving parts and this thing will get you great results, over and over.
What will this baby do?
This will help you fit handles of all shapes and sizes, to all types and shapes of cabinetry.
One of the greatest features of the True Position budget version jig is that you can just flip it over when you’re fitting handles to cabinets on opposite doors.
Nice touch! And extremely good at saving you precious time too.
True Position a true winner?
For me, yes.
If you’re not doing the full range of cabinetry and your tasks are limited to installing smaller handles on cabinets and doors, then this is a great option.
It’s just as well made as the bigger version that does more stuff. Great jig!
3. Best For The Money - Kreg Cabinet Jig
This is the Kreg Cabinet jig.
Whether or not you like this piece of kit is going to come down to two things.
The first thing is how advanced your woodworking, or at least your cabinetry skills are.
The second thing is what sort of jobs you’re going to need this little jig to help you to do.
- Budget option
- Good for fitting nobs and pulls
- Not for handles
- Not for shelves
- Limited use
What’s it for?
The Kreg Cabinet jig doesn’t do that many functions.
It’s designed purely and utterly to help you to fit door knobs and drawer knobs, and you can use it to fit simple pulls too.
This is not – repeat not an all round cabinet hardware jig.
You can’t do the range of things with this piece of equipment that you can with the first two items on this list.
What’s the score with the Kreg cabinet jig?
The simple answer to that is it’s a really cheap piece of equipment and it does have some uses.
If you’re an amateur that wants to do their own kitchen or bathroom refurb, or both, then this could save you a little bit of time.
If you’re a professional and you do this stuff for a living – day in and day out, then you’ll probably be way, way quicker using a ruler and a tape measure.
Then you can spend the money this costs on a couple of six packs of beer.
4. Kreg Combo: Drawer,Cabinet and Hinge jig
This kit is another from Kreg.
They’re a manufacturer with a great reputation for making professional quality equipment for woodworkers.
I can’t help feeling that they’ve missed the mark a little bit here, though.
This kit isn’t exactly professional quality and I think most tradesmen will probably consider it to be inferior to a lot of the other kits out there. It’s a mixed bag.
- Fit drawer runners
- Fit pulls and handles
- Includes a forstner bit kit
What exactly are we looking at here?
Well, this is a versatile kit.
The best thing about it really is that for the money the whole hardware jig kit costs, you get a forstner bit kit included.
That’s pretty good value, because kits like that can be very expensive and it’s a great addition to any tool box.
The concealed hinge capabilities of this kit will be attractive to a heck of a lot of people.
Someone that wanted the kit for that reason and was doing some DIY at home could save many dollars with this kit.
Does this hit the spot or not?
It kind of does.
The way to look at the Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig Kit is that for a one-time user, or a serious hobbyist that wants to save some money and do a self-refurb, this will do exactly that for you – save you money.
The outlay here is minimal, and this thing can get stuff done. It’s just maybe not going to be quite so well received by the professional cabinet installers out there.
5. Ascendons Cabinet Hardware Jig
This cabinet hardware jig is basically a far, far cheaper version of the True Position jig that’s sitting in second place on this list. It’s another very mixed bag because it’s cheap for a reason.
That’s not to say that for a one off job or with great care it wouldn’t be ok for very occasional use.
It’s definitely another hardware jig where how much you value it will be down to how many skills you have, how much patience you possess, and what you want to do with it.
- Fits handles
- Fits drawer handles
- Does a job
What’s the lowdown here?
Well, the main attraction with this cabinet hardware jig is simple.
It’s the cost.
You’re not getting something that’s particularly well made.
And you’re certainly not getting a jig that’s robust or hard wearing here – it won’t last very long at all.
The drill guides are plastic – which isn’t a good thing at all. Not in any small way, shape or form.
Make no mistake about that – it’s a bad thing. You might not be paying a lot for this piece of kit, but you’ll definitely pay for the plastic elements of this jig later.
Should you buy this jig?
My answer would probably be no. Unless you’re on a really, really tight budget and you only have one project to do with it.
If you do occasional projects, say once a year – buy the True Position jig. It’ll pay for itself in the space of a few jobs and the only way it’ll stop doing a job for you is if you die – or just misplace it.
The King of the Jigs?
Undisputedly, this was the True Position Cabinet Hardware Jig.
This piece of equipment was beautiful to use and to look at. It’s engineered like a space station and it’s built to last a long time.
True Position is true precision:
This thing is so accurate that it’ll give you perfect results, over and over again.
The spend is a few dollars but how can you put a price on perfection. Buy the True Position jig and prepare for your reputation to go sky high!