This site features the design & craftsmenship of Ken Van Der Griend in Oak Park, Illinois - USA

Chess Set - August 2021

This is my latest project.  It is made from walnut and hard maple.  The plans and build article is from Woodsmith Magazine - No. 255 (June/July 2021).

Welcome to my website

I started woodworking in 1993 out of my 20 x 20 foot garage which continues to be my humble wood shop.  I am self-taught for the most part but greatly appreciate the influences of my father, middle school shop teacher and PBS.

Besides family and friends, I also make custom cabinetry and fundraising items for local charities. My finished pieces, as well as my shop applications, often contain unique design elements that I hope you might find interesting. Please contact me via email of you have any questions.