I need some help fixing up our linen closet.
The original shelves were falling apart and at awkward heights, so my girlfriend ripped them out. Sadly after patching up the old plaster walls I didn't get to mark where the nails that originally held the blocks for the shelves were located in the wall before the girlfriend covered everything in paint (she is anxious to have this project finished).
I am now trying to put back up some boards to rest the new metal grate shelves she bought. After lots of knocking on the walls, trial and error with a stud finder, and drilling lots of little (well mostly little holes
) I am pretty sure that the studs of the sides of the closet are in the corners. So there is one in the center of each side and then a stud in each corner.
My question is if I am using 1X2's for the sides and back, should I screw through the boards ends at a 45% angle into the corner of the closet to hit the studs (will this work, do I need to watch for anything to not split the boards and ensure I go into the studs, etc.)?
Also should I miter the boards so that they meet at 45's. Originally I was just cutting the boards to leave room between each to keep measuring simple, but when only screwed to the stud in the center they seemed to tilt a bit. I am thinking that counter sinking the screws could help that?
If I did miter the boards to 45s, are there any issues, i.e. the wall or the boards not being perfectly square, that I need to think about?
Also would a pocket hole be ideal, I have seen the jigs before, or would drilling at 45 by resting the bit on a mitered piece of scrap work? I have seen both suggestions for angled screws and wasn't sure the benefits/ problems with each.
Or is there a better way completely to do this?