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#1 posted 02-05-2018 03:04 AM

3 1/2” cleats with a 1 1/2” gap. I covered the whole side wall (area in the pic up to the very bottom of the ceiling cabinets) and half of the back wall with it and could not be more pleased. (I spent a little extra and used 3/4” MDO)

Mainly because I like the look. A 3 1/2” wide cleat is the minimum I would use – it is just wide enough to fit an electrical box mounted horizontally. So, for example, if you wanted to add a new outlet – pull off a row, cut a slot in the drywall, drill the studs, run a new wire and mount the new work type box to the slat and reinstall. Also, I took the time to cut half laps at all the joints which were cut to fall on a stud

Installing it on the side wall

Here is what the back wall looked like just after I finished it (it is covered with stuff now). If you look close you can see the wall switch just to the left of the door knob and further over there is an outlet – both mounted on the slat

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