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I am out of ideas on how to fasten this rail butting up to the wall. I don't think that using a bracket would give it enough strength if someone were to lean on it as its span is 6 feet and so there's a lot of torque. (Besides, a bracket would look ugly.) There is plenty of lumber behind the drywall (two sheets of 3/4 plywood) so there would be plenty of bite for a screw.

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  • Six feet? Is the other end causing problems? if it is this is the wrong place to try to fix it.
    – Jasen
    Jul 28, 2022 at 0:57
  • what size of wood is in the picture?
    – Jasen
    Jul 28, 2022 at 0:59
  • 2.5" x 1" white oak
    – Wynne
    Jul 28, 2022 at 14:03

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Any type of anchor/bracket at one end is not enough, unless there is more support along the length/other end. Six feet makes a good lever.

With good wood behind, a couple of good size screws driven into both sides should hold.

A bracket either under or on the outside will give more holding power. Brass brackets should look decent with that wood.

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If you have good wood behind that drywall and don't want a visible bracket, I'd say that's a good use for a pocket screw.

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Picture is of a random pocket-hole kit from the Internet, but they all use the same principles. The hole is drilled at a 15-degree angle to the joint with a dual-diameter drill bit, then a screw is inserted into the large hole, passing through the smaller hole into the wood. Fill what's left with either dowel finished to match or wood putty.

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