Introduction: Walkstation

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Make your own walkstation!

Do you ever feel like you spend your whole life in a chair? Now you don't have to, make yourself an inexpensive walk station like this.

Step 1: Tools and Things

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human powered treadmill: hpt. I got this one from Amazon for $149.00. They have since lowered the price to $129! Argh! Well, good for the next guy anyway.

one piece of wood to be the "table"

scrap metal to make the braces

assorted tools for assemblage

safety glasses

Step 2: Bend Some Metal

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create brackets for the table surface to make it stay put and be reasonably stable.

I took some brass sheet from a hobby store and cut it into long strips with a jeweler's hand saw. Be sure to file down the edges to remove sharpness.

Then I took a round thing to bend the metal around. I used the handle of a ring mandrel, but anything, like a pipe or something would work.

whang on it a little with a hammer, why not. Then bend it into the shape shown in the image.

Step 3: Make an Unholy Racket

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drill a hole for a wood screw into the bracket

something about this particular shape of brass caused the drill bit to generate an intolerable whine! earplugs recommended

Step 4: Attach Braces

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Align the table top carefully, use a carpenter's pencil underneath and mark the edges of the bar.

Be sure to leave some handle sticking out so you have something to grab onto if you get going too fast.

Attach the brackets with short wood screws. (Make sure you pick a wood screw that is shorter than the thickness of the wood, or you will have a painful pointy thing sticking up out of your table top.) (Sounds like a rookie maneuver, but I actually made this mistake, d'oh)

Step 5: Trial Run

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After attaching two brackets, do a trial run and make sure they line up and everything. I found that it wasn't stable enough with only two brackets. So I added two more.

Step 6: Finis

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I love it

At first it seemed too squeaky for an office, but after a few weeks and a lot of lubrication of the belt, it's reasonably quiet. So, maybe it could be used for an office after all.

I really like it. I find myself being more active generally now.


shooby (author)2008-11-05

Haha this is pretty clever, a new twist on the term 'workstation'. I'm currently working on the design for a computer/modeling/dining bar table, where I could eat, compute, and make models at while standing.

Celt (author)shooby2010-04-18

Add a toilet and your in buissiness....

foobear (author)shooby2008-11-06

Well, the term was coined by Steelcase, they have one they sell called the walkstation for about $6000. I wanted one right away as soon as I saw it, so I decided to try this idea instead.

Celt (author)2010-04-18

These are pretty cool. check this out in my local news...
Maybe a dynamo could be added to harvest the energy and then store it!

geetz (author)2008-11-05

Since it's a motorless treadmill, can you walk and type/mouse at the same time? Or do you have to let go of the handles to do so?

foobear (author)geetz2008-11-06

Well, pretty much it works well for reading the internet, which I do a lot at home. It isn't suitable for an office cause of all the squeaking. And I'm not too happy about the smell of WD40 all through the house, maybe there's a better lubricant I can try. When I have to type, I stand on the margins so it won't roll.

Benstar (author)foobear2010-02-25

As other said, wd-40 is not a lubricant. It's a "water dispersant" for cleaning stuff out and getting the water out, after which you can lube with tri-flow or other light oil. Also, the WD-40 will have driven out the original lubricant.

geetz (author)foobear2008-11-06

Tri-flow smells like banannas. Kinda. But it will certainly work better than WD-40, which is more of a penetrant and too light for long-term lubrication.

foobear (author)geetz2008-11-06

ah cool! thanks for this info

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