What can you make using one single piece of wood?

We want to see how you can maximize material usage through smart, efficient designs.

We're looking for projects made from either:
- one single framing stud (such as a "2x4" or "two-by-four" as they are often called) or similar piece of construction lumber
- OR any single solid wood board similar in size to a "two-by-four" (we'll be flexible)
- OR a single sheet of manufactured wood sheet material, such as plywood, particle board, MDF, OSB, etc.

Your finished project should consist of material mostly from the same original starting piece, but a small amount of hardware and other miscellaneous materials can be used as needed.

Make something awesome and you could win!

The One Board Contest 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 Jan 3, 2022 and Feb 28, 2022 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select One Board 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.