Sometimes we spend more time building a tool for a project, than on the actual project itself! Other times it's just better to build the specific tool we need rather than buy one. 

The Build a Tool Contest celebrates "making-stuff-for-making-stuff" and is open to all types of homemade tools. The best custom-made tools will be eligible to win a $1000 Amazon gift card, welding kits, and more!

The Build a Tool Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
  • A $1000 Amazon Gift Card
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize Winners will receive:
  • A Forney Easy Weld Start-Up Kit
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:
  • A Yost Heavy Duty 6" Vise
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize Winners will receive:
  • An Instructables Prize Pack
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 Feb 4, 2019 and Apr 1, 2019 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Build a Tool Contest. 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.