Guy Turned His Old Mac G5s Into Functional Furniture
Klaus Geiger loved his Macs so much that when it came time to retire the computers, he couldn’t. So instead of having them sitting in an attic like a tech version of a hoarder, he turned them into Benchmac, a growing collection of furniture built out of the world’s first 64-bit desktop rig.
Surprisingly, they turned out good.
The main piece in Benchmarc is a wooden bench that uses two Power Mac G5s on either end as legs. The wood is sized and sanded to fit snug in the gap between the chassis handles, making the whole thing appear like a seamless, unified design, rather than a simple retrofit. Considering he didn’t even bother painting the cases, choosing to keep them in the original neutral silver color, that’s quite an impressive feat.
Aside from the bench, Klaus also constructed a rolling storage unit that converts the G5’s aluminum chassis into spacious drawers. He stacked a pair of them for a two-level system, then placed casters on the bottom unit and a glass top above the upper drawer, with the G5’s multiple handles and legs serving as a convenient facility for pulling the drawers around.
While he hasn’t built them yet, Klaus also revealed plans to produce even more furniture using the G5 chassis as base, including tables, cabinets, and shelves. What are you going to convert.