Using small track studs
In some situations we might need to plug the hollow side of the C-Stud to provide a support for panel boards. For this purpose, a little piece of track stud (9 to 12cm long) is crimped to the C-studs (see video) or use longer screws as explained below.

Small pieces of track stud can also be used to secure the metallic frame once all levels have been adjusted.

Fix panels on both side of a C-stud

This tip is useful when one of panel board is facing the hollow side of the stud (right figure). We use screws long enough to pass through the first panel board plus the thickness of the stud, but not beyond the second panel board. To secure the assembly, the screws are positioned on one side and the other (right figure).
This avoids the need to install small rails as described above.
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Simply assemble two C-studs together 

Kinook blocks allow you to easily assemble two C-Studs together.

Simply insert a Kinook block inside each stud and plug them together (see picture on right).
The blocks can slide inside the stud, making it easy to position them wherever needed.


Tip: If you have already fixed a stud, don't panic, just push apart the stud sides and push a small Kinook block inside (see video).

The numerous holes in the long Kinook block allow to position the studs either horizontally or vertically (see picture below) 
 2 studs positioned vertically
A stud positioned horizontally

Wall mounted corner shelves

This construction technique can be used to create corner shelves or build a desk in a room corner.
  1. Fix the studs in the wall 
  2. Build the metallic structure
  3. Install the panel boards. Notice that the first panel covers the structure junction: this will strengthen the construction
  4. Install the remaining panel boards

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Build the metallic frame Crimp small pieces of metallic rail to plug the hollow side of the horizontal stud Install the first panel Install the remaining panels and band the edges

        Strengthen the construction:
  • Install additional panel boards underneath.
  • Add a vertical board that will firmly hold the shelves.
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Construction built against a wall

For constructions built against a wall, start by tracing the construction outline onto the wall.

This will guide the installation of the C-studs on the wall and also provide a realistic view of the construction dimensions and proportions. Adjust as needed.

Locate studs inside a wall

With a small detector, metal studs or beams can easily be located inside a wall or a ceiling to securely attach a frame or screw the metallic structure of a lighting box or other construction.

Adjustable shelves

For built-in bookcases or shelves, it may be interesting to create adjustable shelves adapted to your different sized books. 

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Shelf brackets

Shelf brackets are available in many different shapes and sizes. The technique is to insert two brackets at the desired height at each side of the shelf.

Use pre-drilled panels (from store-bought shelf kits) or drill the side vertical panels to the desired dimensions yourself. Plasterboard cannot be used for this purpose as it is too fragile. Use wood, melamine, MDF etc.


Saw-tooth pattern strips

The saw-tooth pattern strips are installed on the inside vertical panels of the shelves. Small pieces of woods (cleats) are cut to nest securely in the notches between the teeth. These cleats support the shelves across their full width, and can be easily re positioned at any height. See picture on the left.

Quick and easy shelves

Insert two long Kinook blocks at each end of a C-stud.  Use the holes in the block to screw them to the panel. Insert a small Kinook block and from there, assemble the metallic structure of the shelf.
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