We want to see projects that use ONLY HAND TOOLS. Get in touch with your project by exchanging the big fancy tool for something you can hold in your hand. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a CNC machine, 3D printer, laser cutter, or a fully-automated saw mill. Good, because none of those types of things are allowed in this contest!

Make something awesome using only basic hand tools and common power tools. Saws and a sewing machine? Great! Hammer and nails? Excellent. Drill press and table saw? Nope. 

Impress us with your hand tool skills: the more hands-on, the better! Show us what you can do with your own two hands to win a Fein Multimaster Kit and other great prizes.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), August 11, 2014. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, September 22, 2014.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

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The Hand Tools Only Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: No Power Tools (1)

One Judges' Prize winner for a project that doesn't involve power tools will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Place winners will receive:

Runner Up (9)

Nine runner up prize winners will receive:
  • a Kreg mini jig
  • 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 Aug 11, 2014 and Sep 22, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


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