As I write posts for the Keystones of a Scout series, I find myself getting freshly inspired each time as I dig deeper into the meaning and practice of these timeless Scouting principles. The last post in this series was on Ingenuity, and part of my research for this post took me into some of the amazing pioneering projects that the Scouts of the past have built. This inspired me to get out and build something that I have been wanting to build for a long time now, a standing desk.
Standing desks were much more commonly used in the late 19th century and early 20th century than they are today. If used right, they can burn more calories and be generally healthier to use than sitting all day behind a common desk. However, as I wanted this to replace my regular desk in my room, and I didn’t want to necessarily stand all day long, it needed to be be both a regular desk and a standing desk.
This is where the ingenuity came in. I could try to find and buy plans for an adjustable desk, or I could save up the money for one and buy it. However, after researching for the post on Ingenuity, I became inspired to both design and build my own out of wood.
So, after some planning and writing ideas down on paper, I settled upon a design that seemed feasible to me and started building. All of the wood, except for a little plywood, was discarded scrap wood that I got for free. So, other than a small amount of money spent on some metal bolts and hardware, the desk cost me virtually nothing but my own time and labor.
All in all, it took me about seven hours to plan and build it, the majority of which was completed this last Sunday afternoon. I am quite pleased with the result. It is a very satisfying feeling to plan, build, and complete a project like this, and I encourage you to do the same. It may not be a desk, but it can be anything that you want or need it to be. If you plan it out properly and stick with it, you will not regret the time spent!
I’d like to go ahead and share with you some pictures of me building the desk and the finished work.
Hard work definitely does pay off! I’m very happy with the result. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this post on the desk right now!
So what about you? What are you going to build? I encourage you to try something you haven’t done before. I never designed and built a desk before now, and I’m very happy I took the trouble to do it.
That greatest thing about the principles and keystones of Scouting is that they are not just dry ideals meant to be left on paper. They are real and meant to be carried out in your everyday life. This is something I didn’t really get when I first joined Scouting. Now, I am learning it more and more as I take this journey of Rediscovering Scouting. I encourage you to take it as well!
Thanks for reading this post. If you have any questions about how I built the desk and what tools/materials I used, feel free to leave a comment and I will answer the best I can.
Scout on, my friends!