Wood is a challenging but rewarding material to work with. It has a finicky side: it expands and contracts based on temperature and humidity. But the textures and smells you experience as you plane, rip, chisel, sand, and whittle wood are what makes woodworking such a rich experience.

In this Wood Contest, we want you to show us what magic you can create with a hunk of wood. Judges will be looking for craftsmanship, presentation, and creativity.  The grand prize is a Makita cordless 7-piece tool kit and a Festool Plunge Cut Track Saw. We also have special judges’ prizes for toys, bookshelves, beds, and desks.

We’re also super excited to announce that members of the Offerman Woodshop will be our celebrity judges for this contest. As Ron Swanson would say: “People who buy things are suckers.” So become one with the wood, and make something spectacular!

Offerman Woodshop is a small collective of woodworkers and makers based out of Nick Offerman’s kick-ass wood shop in East Los Angeles. We focus on hand-crafted, traditional joinery & sustainable slab rescue–working with fallen trees from throughout northern California & our urban LA environment. We like to carve spoons, chainsaw stumps, plank canoes, keep our chisels sharp with stones, build pinball machines & fine furniture. From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.

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The Wood Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

22 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prizes: Wooden Toy, Bookshelf

One Judges' Prize winner for best wooden toy and one Judges' Prize winner for best Bookshelf will each receive:

Judges' Prizes: Bed, Desk

One Judges' Prize winner for best bed and one Judges' Prize winner for best desk will each receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (9)

Nine Runner Up 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 Nov 3, 2014 and Jan 19, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


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