While high-tech machinery is fun to fabricate with, there is something special about getting the job done by hand. For the Hand Tools Only Contest, concentrate on building your project using only handheld tools.

Get down to the nuts and bolts of what it takes to create your project for a chance to win a Dewalt Portable Band Saw, Variable Speed Palm Router, or Orbit Sander Kit. Pack away your sewing machine, power down your laser cutter, and cover up your table saw, it’s time to get back to the basics.

The Hand Tools Only Contest 2017 is closed.

Grand Prize

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 Oct 9, 2017 and Dec 4, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


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