Make something using only non-powered tools that you hold in your hands.

The exceptions to the rule for this theme are work surfaces and vises, or any machinery that may have been used to prepare your materials before you got them (for example: a chainsaw cut down the tree, a mill sliced the logs, and then you bought the rough boards).

Get creative and a win some sweet digital moolah for your next project!

The Hand Tools Only Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up

Ten Runner Up Prize winners will receive:

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 Oct 12, 2020 and Nov 9, 2020 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Hand Tools Only Challenge. 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.