Sometimes the best tools for the job are the ones you make yourself.

So we thought that while every great making project starts with a great idea, it eventually ends up on a workbench of some sort. Rather than just go buy a bench, Eric Schimelpfenig at SketchThis decided to design his own… two actually. Working with Eric, SketchThis and SketchUp we hosted the Open Maker Bench Challenge on Opendesk to celebrate the MakerCon and Maker Faire in the Bay area this May.

Look out for the Maker Bench Challenge V2 coming soon!

The three winning hacks will be on-boarded soon on our designs page where you can download and send to a local maker anywhere in the world.

Huge thanks to SketchUp, SketchThis and all the submissions.