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Why, of course! You're looking for a "magnetic catch". Just you should possibly install it the other way around - a metal plate on the wall, and the catch screwed on the mirror. Images added: Magnet mounted as plug in the cabinet with large head screw contact Magnet in cup washer and mating contact washer mounted with screws Thin magnet to metal plate ...
Ecenrwal is right. You can even add a few more if you choose. The screws that are usually provided with those kits have screws that are long enough to go through drywall then into the stud. You really only need screws that are 1" long, 1 1/4" at most. Yes the ergonomics aren't the best, but if you have a large screen (50" and bigger) you need to view the tv ...
If you use decent screws, you should have no problem mounting right to the surface wood, without worrying about where you are behind it. It's a much more robust material than drywall, and 52 lbs is not all that heavy. You could certainly line up the top bracket screws with a strap and use longer screws there, but you probably don't need to.
I agree with BMitch that there's horizontal strapping over the studs. You might want to try a Bosch GMS120 Wall Scanner instead of a regular stud finder. It claims it can find wood substructures 1-1/2" deep which is going to be about how deep your studs are from the front of the panels. The other side of the wall is probably an exterior wall which will make ...
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