I bought a new desk. While for a lot of people this will conjure visions of furniture trucks pulling up to their house, in my case it was the Staples courier service which dropped 3 giant flat boxes in my garage. It was up to me to slit them open, dissect the meticulously packed contents and, with the help of mostly pictures and very little text, somehow reason out how all the pieces fit together.

I’m not being sarcastic when I say that I just LOVE this stuff. There’s nothing like an aching back, pulled muscles, fresh bruises and pinched fingers to make you appreciate the fruits of your labors, which in this case happens to be the absolutely perfect desk (for me). I’m picky about desks. If I’m going to sit at it for 8-12 hours a day, it had better be comfortable as well as functional. Well, this desk, of the Bush Envoy Collection, is a winner in so many ways…once you get it assembled. God help you if you miss a step. (Not that I’d know anything about that.)

For some reason I decided to document my assembling adventures. Here’s the blow by blow (more or less).

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An empty corner and three pieces. So far so good.

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Getting there. We’ve got the first bit standing upright. Sort of. Oh, and I seem to have acquired a supervisor.

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Ah! TWO pieces standing upright. One looks a bit drunk. Uhm… wait. Did we do Step 14?

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My supervisor is not impressed and makes me haul the drunken bit back into the room to screw on the missing part. She’s a hard task mistress.

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Woohoo! Look at that! It’s starting to look like a corner unit. Wait, what’s this? If you bought a return, go put that together now? Okay then…

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The pictures in the return instructions seem to indicate that part of the corner unit has to come off. Seriously? You couldn’t mention this back when I was attaching the sucker the first time?!

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All right then. Attached new skinny side to the corner unit and moved the original side to the end of the return.

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Okay, so the top was a bit of a challenge to maneuver all by myself. That’s where the pulled muscles come in.

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My supervisor approves. She’s feeling right at home on the shelf where the CPU will get stashed.

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But wait, there’s more! I also got the file cabinet piece of this. Here the challenge was figuring out how to take apart the sliders and where and in which direction to attach which portion of said slider.

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All done! The little file cabinet on the left I already had. But everything else was conjured from flat cardboard boxes in the course of about 4 hours.

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Under desk cable management included. VERY handy for keeping the tangles off the floor.

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Also included, a USB hub. Having some issues with this, but I’m not sure if it’s the hub or my computer’s objection to yet more things plugged into it.

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Neat passages for cables to run into the desk to the CPU.

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