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Instructables has announced an amazing contest they’re running with Sears. Called “The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest,” all you have to do to be eligible is post an Instructable that uses tools! The grand prize winner will get a $20,000 Sears gift card (no, that’s not a typo). Ten runners up will each get a $500 gift card. Here are the basics of what they’re looking for in the entries:

Show us your skills and your passion for building in an amazing Instructable and be sure to provide plenty of details and tips to help others out. We want to see what tools you use and how you use them. We also want to see enough instruction that others can follow in your footsteps to make it themselves.

There’s also an additional “Show Your Space” sub-contest:

You can enter a slideshow or a video of your current workshop to show off what you’ve got OR you can put together a rendering or a drawing of the workshop you wish you had! Be specific and show us what you would want and where you would put it so that you could easily knock out all those projects you’ve been dying to work on!

This sub-contest will be running for four weeks, and at the end of each week, they’ll randomly choose a winner from all entries. Winners can choose either a C3 Craftsman remote control car, the Auto hammer, the Nextec Drill, or the C3 19.2 volt powered caulk gun.

We hope our faithful MAKE readers will go for the gold (and if you do, share some of the booty with us!). The deadline for the main contest is Jan 4, so fire up those tools and get crackin’!

See the links below for contest details:

How to Enter the Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest

How To Enter Workshop of the Future: Show Your Space

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Instructables.com has become one of the most popular magnets for makers and DIY enthusiasts of all stripes. Now, with more than 10,000 projects to choose from, the Instructables staff, the editors of MAKE magazine, and the Instructables community itself have put together a collection of home, craft, food and technology how-to’s from the site. The Best of Instructables Volume 1 includes plenty of clear, full-color photographs, complete step-by-step instructions, and tips, tricks, and new build techniques you won’t find anywhere else.

Highlights from the book:

* 336 pages, 6-5/8 x 9-3/8, same dimensions as The Best of MAKE and MAKE magazine.
* Over 120 projects!
* Projects cover everything from food hacking and making home furnishings from junk to building robots and CNC milling machines. And in-between you’ll find projects on arts, crafts, costume-making, tool tips, themed photo galleries, and tons more.
* There are also the results of the Community Choice contest winners (the best of Instructables as voted by its members) and links to their projects.
* There are key user comments from the site throughout, called User Notes, and even a section in the back for you to keep your own User Notes as you build the projects.

We tried to involve the Instructables community as much as possible in the creation of the book (we were in direct communication with several hundred authors!). We hope the results do this maker community proud. It was a thrill ride to be sure.