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
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
Step 2: Bend Some Metal
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
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
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
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
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.