Step 4: Cut out the wall stud

Cutting out the wall stud with hacksaw blade, wrapped at the end in tape for a handle.
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Use a handsaw to cut the stud off flush with the opening at the top and bottom. Be careful not to cut through the drywall attached to its back edge. Remove the cabinet's door to make it easier to handle. Dry-fit it in the opening. Use a rasp and utility knife to fix tight spots.
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    Tools List

    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • utility knife
      Utility knife,
      to score drywall
    • keyhole saw
      Keyhole saw,
      to cut openings in wall
    • flashlight
      Flashlight
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • hacksaw blade
      Hacksaw blade,
      to cut drywall screws
    • hand saw
      Handsaw (to cut studs
    • rasp
      Rasp,
      to tailor the drywall opening to fit
    • drill
      Drill/driver

    Shopping List

    1. Medicine Cabinet: Look specifically for cabinets labeled "recessed," though a surface-mount cabinet can be converted into a recessed one, as long as its sides can slip into the wall cavity without obstruction.

    2. 2x4 Lumber: For the blocking, which makes the frame to which you'll fasten the cabinet. Use scraps if you have them, or one 8- to 10-foot piece should be enough.

    3. Construction Adhesive: To help attach the blocking.

    4. 21/2-inch Decking Screws: To fasten th blocking to the studs.

    5. 11/2-inch Drywall Screws: To hold the cut drywall edges to the blocking and to mount the cabinet.

    6. Caulk (as needed): To fill gaps between the cabinet frame and the wall.