UK Mac consultant Daniele Procida has created one of the quirkiest Macs ever seen - a unit made entirely of Lego.

The story was first reported by the BBC. Procida used the electronics from inside a broken PowerBook 5300 in the construction. He runs Cardiff Mac consultancy, Apple Juice.

"Rather than bin it, which seemed to me to be an almost criminal waste, I took it home to see what could be done," he said.

The unique Lego Mac is a fully functional 603e100MHz PowerPC Mac with 32MB RAM, a 750MB hard drive, CD-ROM, floppy disc, 10BaseT Ethernet and Mac OS 8.1.

Procida told the BBC: "Lego is brilliant and really strong - it has great engineering properties - you could stand on it."

The boffin's girlfriend wrote her doctoral thesis on the Lego Mac, which was a labour of love: "You really don't want to know how long it took to design and build it. It looks neat and simple, but it took a lot of work to achieve that," he said.

The Lego Mac is currently in use as a Web server, where visitors can read more about the unique creation - but it won't be there for long, Lego Mac is currently up for auction on eBay.