Whether it's a simple pair of scissors or a top-of-the-line table saw, tools are essential for creating. For the Build a Tool Contest, create a tool that aids in making something else. It can be a tool for the workshop, your craft room, the kitchen, or anywhere else where it's needed.

Impress everyone with your talent for tool making and you could win an awesome prize provided by eMachineShop including eMachine shop credit, a Prusa i3 MK2 3D printer kit, or a Dremel Kit. Now, get out there and build a tool that will help you make!

The Build a Tool Contest 2017 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes


One Grand Prize winner will receive:


Three first prize winners will receive:

Second Prize

Five second prize winners will receive:
  • a Dremel Kit
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Runner Up

Ten runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jan 23, 2017 and Mar 20, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Build a Tool Contest 2017. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.