On Christmas Eve I was gifted with the opportunity to build my first timber stud wall, by myself. My brother is currently building a custom cubby house for his daughters and he needed me to build one of the side walls. Little did he know I never built one before, so it was going to be interesting. Watch the video below.

Reflection, it took a lot longer than expected to build such a simple frame so I could have sped the process up by cutting all my pieces at once. I was a bit slow on the nail-gun, and getting everything square as well as getting measurements. The nail-gun would come with confidence and experience but I needed a better tape measure (mm on both sides) to quickly get accurate measurements. All-in-all, this was my first stud wall so naturally I wouldn’t be fast and perfect, as practice makes perfect.

I did get frustrated and annoyed at myself later that evening, because I was slow and inaccurate (one of the studs wasn’t straight). Having seen my dad, my brother and tradies on site build stud walls, and how quick and accurate they are, I expected (or demanded) myself to be at that level. Despite all them having years of experience, and me, well zilch.

It was a good experience, and a vital one for architecture students. It’s one thing to build a 1:10 frame out of balsa wood, scalpels and glue, it’s another to build a 1:1 with timber, saws and nails. To reference back to this post, if you can get experience building things at full scale, take it. Even if you just assist the builder by holding the studs in place, or checking to see if it’s all straight, it’s helpful. It’s one thing to know in theory how to build a stud wall, it’s another to physically do it.