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Old 11-26-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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My new bathroom vanity is 48" wide and the gap between my walls are 47 3/4". There is enough space to trim the cabinet on both sides but I am not sure of the best tool for the job. Please give me some experience with a new tool or a good idea of what to do.

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Not sure I follow. Can you post a picture.

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Circular saw with a trim blade will work. Clamp a straight ege on to use as a guide. Check the wall to see if 1/4" is needed the whole way down. You can cut it out of square to match any wall discrepancies.
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It wouldn't hurt to score finish with a knife and/or putting masking tape up the length of the cut.
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we use and hand plainer and belt sander always does nice job
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Probably all you have is a slight overhange to cut away, 1/4" X 3/4" maybe, is that correct?

A router with a bearing-straight-bit would also work or you could just gouge the drywall. I hate it when guys do that but hey, it works.
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[quote=lukey19;779560]My new bathroom vanity is 48" wide and the gap between my walls are 47 3/4". There is enough space to trim the cabinet on both sides but I am not sure of the best tool for the job. Please give me some experience with a new tool or a good idea of what to do.

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Someone said to use an Oscillating Tool to cut it. I don't have one but will go buy one if it would work.
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Buds method is tried and true----I've done that dozens of times and the cut will be perfect--

However---you must make several passes with the router----tape thin strips of wood or formica to the side so the cut is less than 1/8" per cut---or the bit will cause some splitting.
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My new bathroom vanity is 48" wide and the gap between my walls are 47 3/4". There is enough space to trim the cabinet on both sides but I am not sure of the best tool for the job. Please give me some experience with a new tool or a good idea of what to do.
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Someone said to use an Oscillating Tool to cut it. I don't have one but will go buy one if it would work.
Lukey- easiet way, already mentioned once: just cut the paper facing on the sheetrock (if that's what is there) with a razor knife exactly where the vanity contacts the wall and tap the exposed (Dolimite) under the paper with a hammer. The sheetrock will crush very easily. Pop that baby in the "slot" you have created and a screw or two and you're done. Botta botta bing!

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I posted pictures, does that help?
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Lukey----an isolating tool could make that cut but the cut will be uneven.

Do you have a friend with a router? Or a good sharp hand plane?---That cut must look perfect--it's a 'show' cut----A router with a straight cutting bit with a bearing on the bottom (laminate trimming bit)
Is the safest---

A good hand plane will do the same--but few people know how to use them any more---Mike---

(I'm a kitchen and bath guy---along with being a cabinet maker--I've done this many times)
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That's what I've been using ever since I heard about them
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If you are looking for an excuse to buy a new oscillating tool then go buy one but don't try to use it for this purpose, it will not do a very good job and you run the risk of running off-course before you know it. Cut out the damned drywall and be done with it. Cut a channel 5/8" wide and 3/16" deep in the drywall and tuck the cabinet into the channel.
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You don't mention anywhere how far back the cabinet needs to go. That bears on whether the cutting out of drywall is even feasible. If it only needs to go back 1/2" or so then that might be feasible but IMHO it will look like a hack and finishing off the edge of the cut drywall to make it clean and straight is going to be a fair amount of work if you're not practiced in patching and sanding drywall.

I would definitely go the trim the cabinet edges with a router route. You can control exactly how much you take off and have it perfectly even top to bottom. The key is going to be taking off a bit at a time...2, maybe even three passes to get a clean smooth edge on the final product.

All this presumes you know how to handle a router. If you do not, practice a few times on a scrap of similar dimensions to get comfortable.
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I was now thinking this might be my route. I will let you know.

It has to go back 3 more inches so i don't think I will be ripping out the drywall. The 1/4 is the whole way down the vanity.

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