If you’re like most people, you don’t own a CNC machine or even a full sized table saw. Well, you’re in luck! In the Hand Tools Only Contest, we want to see projects you’ve built using only handheld tools.

To be clear, that means tools you commonly hold in your hands to operate. For example: chisels, handheld power saws, handheld drills, and soldering irons. Tools that are not allowed: table saws, drill presses, sewing machines, and any kind of CNC machine (mills, 3D printers, etc.).

Wow us with your hand tool skills and you could win some fantastic prizes from Tools Today, including an X-Carve CNC machine, Forstner Pattern Sets, 11-piece starter bit sets, and more!  Also, Tools Today set up a promo for Instructables members!  You can save 10% off any purchase over $50.00 from ToolsToday.com with code TTINSTRUCTABLES10

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The Hand Tools Only Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • an X-Carve
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Place winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

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 Feb 29, 2016 and Apr 11, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Hand Tools Only Contest 2016. 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.