handmade hardware chess sets

Grand Rapids, Michigan On Etsy since 2013

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handmade hardware chess sets

Grand Rapids, Michigan | 56 Sales

Announcement    Tool Chess sets are gorgeous, handmade chess sets made out of nuts and bolts. They are powdercoated to give them a beautiful, glossy finish.


Tool Chess sets are gorgeous, handmade chess sets made out of nuts and bolts. They are powdercoated to give them a beautiful, glossy finish.


William Gallmeyer

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About ToolChess

Sales 56
On Etsy since 2013

Tool Chess rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the family business

Tool Chess was invented around the time the family business -- a machine tool business based in Grand Rapids, Michigan called Gallmeyer and Livingston -- was closing down. A couple shop workers replaced a lost chess piece with some hardware pieces and my grandpa thought up the name "Tool Chess."

My dad sold a few sets about ten years ago, but since then the project has sat dormant. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Tool Chess is back!

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2016/2017 Update: a couple years ago my little chess business started to get bigger than my parents' basement and more time-consuming than could be allowed by a full-time day job. I met Ryan at Cascade Metal Design through a B2B matchmaking website. We spent two years going over the design and production of the Classic Tool Chess set. Now he does most of the heavy lifting and I put on the finishing touches. The Classic Tool Chess set is handmade in the USA and of the highest quality.

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Shop members

  • William


    Hi! I'm Will, and I run Tool Chess. We sell handmade chess sets made out of nuts 'n bolts. In my spare time I like to stay active, work on flipping a house, and listen to podcasts. Thanks for checking out my site!

  • Charles Gallmeyer

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Charles is the original inventor and developer of Tool Chess. Towards the end of his career working at the family-owned grinding machine business, Charles started playing around with different hardware items to find the ultimate Tool Chess design.

Production partners

  • Cascade Metal Design LLC

    Solsberry, IN

    Ryan Ferkingstad is the owner and head craftsman at Cascade Metal Design. From his website: "I started Cascade Metal Design in 2005 with a dream and my love for creating things."

Shop policies

Last updated on September 24, 2018
Welcome to Tool Chess! We pride ourselves on having excellent customer service. Email us with any questions or comments.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Tool Chess sets are packaged to exacting standards to prevent the sometimes-bumpy USPS ride from getting the best of your brand new pieces. We have not had any problems since instituting our new packaging policy. That being said, if something does go wrong, we will work with you to make it right.
USPS shipping is automatically calculated based on your address
Additional policies and FAQs
Contact us for questions about wholesale.