This contest is sponsored by the folks at SpaceGAMBIT. For more info on them and what they do, click here.

Spacecraft, Space Habitats, Makerspaces, and many other work areas share a common issue - limited work space. And often you have to take the workstation to the project. A classic solution is to create a portable, stowable workstation - ways to pack your favorite maker needs in a container, transport it, pull it out and setup quickly, use it and then stow it away again. This could be a foldup electronics station, a packaged welding rig, a sewing center, a portable carpentry shop, a mechanics back-o-truck box, 3d scanner/printer rig, festival kitchen, photo/video documentation - whatever it takes to make your projects. Mobile maker training communities could have three or more sets of various teaching/learning stations that can be loaded up and taken to a public training/demo event.

For your chance to win some amazing tools, post an instructable that shows how to build (and stock!) a portable, stowable workstation, or some cool components of one.

Please be sure that your entry into the contest contains original photos and text. Entries without original photos and text will be denied.

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), February 10, 2014. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, April 14, 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 Portable Workstations Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

15 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Reconfigurable Portable Workspace (1)

One Judges' Prize: Reconfigurable Portable Workstation System winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (10)

Ten Second Prize winners will receive:
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 10, 2014 and Apr 14, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Portable Workstations 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.