They sometimes say that necessity is the mother of invention and I think that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of necessity. Parents are now seeing the importance of having a dedicated space so their children can do schoolwork while they are learning from home.
One of the challenges of distance learning for many children is the lack of a classroom. Parents can get sick of the clutter very quickly, especially when it chews up the dining room table and leaves no room for anything else. At the same time, most parents are limited with their expendable cash at the moment.
That is where the necessity and the invention come in. A woodworker in Lemoore, California, Mitch Couch, has shared his creation and taught people on social media how to make your own desk for under $20. The best part is, it takes less than an hour to build!
He posted an image of a desk he made last month that has gone viral.
I built this simple desk for less than $20. Hopefully it helps others who might need some space while their child is distant learning #desk #HappyTeachersDay #homeschooling #Onlineclass #distantlearning #diy pic.twitter.com/tnwmBkDnev
— Mitch Couch (@mitchellcouch) September 13, 2020
He even went a step further and posted a YouTube video that showed how to build the DIY desk.
“It might just be the easiest desk you can make for your student,” Couch wrote in the description. “Distant learning can be stressful so let’s make this custom desk that you and your child can build together. The pieces can be transported by car and put together in less than an hour. It is sturdy and the best part is decorating it at the end. You can paint, stain, or add stickers to give your favorite student their own space to learn.”
In order to build the desk, you will need plywood and pine, wood glue, sandpaper, and wood nails or screws. Some tools may also be necessary, such as a nail gun, drill, and saw. He goes step-by-step through how to build the desk in his video and provides written instructions in the description.
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Considering that he has built over 35 of these desks using donated material from Grocery Outlet, he is the right person to ask about this project. He is helping students and local school districts and is planning on building more.
Thank you #Groceryoutlet in Lemoore, CA for being the leading force in getting all of these desks to kids in need while students in our area are #distancelearning It was a pleasure to build them for you. #community #diy #diydesk pic.twitter.com/YG4tYZku0L
— Mitch Couch (@mitchellcouch) September 17, 2020
If you are a little handy and have the need, this may be just what you were looking for.
I love to write and it keeps me busy. I've been working online, full time since 1999.