Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Timber Wall Construction

With the performance being two weeks away, we had to think quickly about constructing our timber frame walls after the interim review. We had to put together some form of costing in order to make sure that we were spending a reasonable amount of money, especially as the budget was to be shared between us (in charge of creating the timber wall), the ramp team and the fabric team.

We started off by first trying to decide as a group all the things we needed to have in order to make sure our wall was structurally sound and would also be visually pleasing to look out at. At first, when looking we had a lot of things to order which would’ve taken us way over the budget of what we had been given (£150 between 3 teams). So, we decided to work out what was important and minimise the list of things we needed. Here is what we decided we needed to order:

• Twine – to attach from the bottom track of the wall to the top track of the wall.
• MDF board – this was to create the tracks which were to be curved.
• CLS Timber – this would act as the joist to the wall, have one at each end to support the top track.
• Wood Screws – to secure the CLS Timber to the MDF tracks
• Wood Glue – an extra precaution to make sure the wall was as stable as possible.
• Screw Eye Hooks – these hooks would be screwed into the top and bottom tracks and we would then tie the twine to these.

The next step to this was finding all the items at the right cost to save as much money as possible but also making sure the quality was there. Most of the things we needed were available on amazon at reasonable prices and there were many different varieties to choose from which gave us more freedom with our choices as a group. The only thing we did not order from Amazon was the CLS timber, as we wanted to get this from a legitimate hardware store, and the MDF board which was available to buy in the workshops at university.
Below you will be able to see the table we created to show our tutors the things we needed and all the important information that was necessary too, including quantity, product codes and links to the website.Co.Lab Budget

Building the Wall: 11/03/2020

We began the day by explaining each groups’ plan of action to everyone. My group are making the walls as part of the installation, so we started at looking at what we had to work with, as not all the pieces to make the walls had been delivered.
The CLS beams, top and base of the walls were ready to be put together, so we started to look at the best way for us to place the pieces together. We marked out where the CLS beams should be drilled into the MDF bases.Blog Picture 1

Figure 1: Testing out the placement of our wooden CLS Timber joists.

Before drilling the components together, we decided it would be best for us to drill the holes that the Screw Eye hooks screw into, gradually the holes became closer to create a gradient, so we had a horizontal surface to drill into. We had to be careful not to drill the holes too close together as we were afraid of the MDF boards splitting. We then stared to drill holes into the tops and bottoms of the CLS beams for the screw to go into.

Figure 2: Shows the drilling of the MDF tracks to create holes for the Screw Eye hooks and assembling the joists.

Once all the holes were made, we then started to put the pieces together, this took a lot of teamwork and communication, while once person drilled, others had to hold the CLS beams and the MDF boards in place, to ensure they didn’t twist and turn.
We finished the session with 4 7ft wall structures, we still need to fill the walls in with the string that will be looped through the hooks, which will be completed before the exhibition next Wednesday.

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Figure 3: Our completed timber wall frames.

Written By: Chloe Wright (BA Interior Architecture & Design) & Giulia Dickinson (BA Interior Architecture & Design)

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