As you probably just guessed, this Instructable will show you how to convert a Gorm shelving unit into a bookshelf bench. With a few extra peices of hardware and a couple of basic power tools, you could be on your way to relaxation and organization all at the same time.
Step 1: Go Get Stuff
(x1) Gorm shelving unit
(x1) 92.75" x 12" x 3/4" piece of plywood (I inherited an awesome piece of bamboo plywood for this project)
(x16) 3/8" Crossdowels
(x16) Bolts 2-1/2" (to fit crossdowels)
(x8) 2" woodscrews
(x1) 50 feet of rope
(x1) A tape measure and pencil
(x1) Circular saw
(x1) Sanding block and/or sandpaper
(x1) Power drill, 3/32" and 3/8" drill bit
(x1) Assorted hand tools
Fabric, foam and stuff for a cushion - see Step 13
Step 2: Assemble Your Crooked Bookshelf
Resolve to take drastic actions.
Step 3: Cut a 2x4 Into 4
Step 4: Drill Holes
Also drill holes on the flat surface of the board that is 2" in from the far edge and is perfectly aligned with the hole you first drilled. In other words, this hole should intersect at a 'T'.
Step 5: Take Apart Your Bookshelf
Using the two ugly beams, you should be able to get 1 support from each.
Step 6: Cut the Beams
Next, take the first piece you cut and line up its holes with the holes on the new bottom edge on the board. Make a mark on the longer board at each end of the first cut beam. Using the two lines you just drew as cutting guides , make two cuts. You should now have a second beam. Now, use the first beam to line up to the holes on the opposite side of the board and make cut marks as appropriate so they are all the same size. Cut at these markings. You should now have 3 beams.
Repeat this process on the second pretty looking beam.
Next grab the two ugly-looking beams. Measure in from either the bottom or top edges (whichever edge looks best) of both ugly beams and make one cut on each to produce two more 18.25" beams.
You should now have eight 18.25" beams with all of the holes lined up.
Step 7: Sand
Step 8: Insert Cross Dowels
Step 9: Build the Frame
Step 10: Fasten the Seat
Drill two 3/32" pilot holes in each of the 2x4s such that it goes all the way through into the piece of plywood.
Using your woodscrews, fasten the plywood to the 2x4. Make sure you apply a lot of pressure downwards while drilling so that the two surfaces are fastened tightly flush together.
Step 11: String It Up
Basically, on the two ends, you should tie a knot and pass the rope through to form a rectangle. Once all the way through, pull it tight and tie the rope together so that the rectangle is closed.
The middle sections are slightly trickier, but basically you do the same thing, but rather than closing the rectangle by tying it shut, you start to pass it through again from the back to form another rectangle. Once done, you pull it tight and tie the end of the rope to the knot at the beginning. This will create two sets of two parallel ropes and two "vertical lines" in the front, which will aesthetically match the two ends.