Here are the results of the first assembled modular wall! The pieces fit together great, not requiring any drills or hammers; just a moderate amount of smacking and kicking it into place. Thanks go out to Nick Wissing and Andrew Brindley who helped me assemble it, Ashley Urbanowich who helped care the plywood and Spencer Blaney who operated the CNC mill.
The 6 large structural panels of the wall are made from 3 sheets of plywood, and the horizontal members took an additional sheet, totaling 4 sheets of 3/4″ plywood for this build. With the CNC mill time being free for me as a student and the sheets of wood being about $30, this build cost $120. I feel like it’s important to show the price because the whole point of the project is to get people to build things themselves and one advantage of DIY construction would be to save money, so price is always on my mind.
The wall doesn’t require any screws or glues to be assembled. Instead it interlocks with plywood slots and pegs. The components however will be attached to the horizontal members with 1/4″ bolts.
The whole wall can be flat-packed into a small area that would be great for shipping or moving.
The configuration I chose for the first assembly has a large opening on one side to grant access to the interior of the wall. In other configurations, you could build a closed off wall, or openings on both sides. You can also add more or less horizontal members.
I am going to present this wall to my advisers on Wednesday, as well as a few variations on what wall components could be attached going forward. Once again you can download the file and all of the cut sheets to make the wall here: http://osbuilt.org/2015/02/18/grid-wall-v2/