Well, I’ve done it. Version 0.1 of the Treadmill Desk is in Beta release. In software terms that means there’s still a lot of bugs and it’s probably not fit for casual public consumption, but it is usable and with a little tweaking and mindfulness of working out kinks, it is a go.
I used 3/4″ MDF (medium-density fiberboard) for the desktop because a.) we had a hunk in the garage that was long enough to fit over both handles with an inch or so left over, and b.) it’s heavier than plywood of the same thickness. My treadmill’s handles are sloped at a downward angle, and I needed something that could rest against the foam-covered handles and not slide. The MDF has a rough-enough surface and enough heft to do that.
Since my handles slope downwards, I need to slide my laptop to find the proper height for my keyboard. Once I do that, I can identify the placement of the laptop and shape a prettier desk around it, with room for me, my coffee, my mouse, and maybe paper. Treadmill Desk MkII will be constructed of plywood, with chuck-blocks to avoid slippage, and an appropriate depth to keep me able to access the all-important parts of the treadmill console (the cup holders, of course!).
Next week I’ll be posting my first week’s efforts and how actually working on the treadmill desk has changed me.
Stand And Deliver
For now, an update on how I’ve been at standing and working. For the past week, I’ve been standing and working at the kitchen counter. I expect that the benefit I got from standing instead of sitting might have been outweighed by my new proximity to the snacks, but so far, standing–even in my flip-flops on a hard tile floor–has proven to take a load off my back. My lower back doesn’t ache as much and I find that when standing, I tend to move more in general. So the dishwasher’s getting loaded more frequently. My knees are…not really complaining yet, but I do feel the ache that one gets when one’s joints are getting tired. Better shoes might help.