Sittingbourne Store

Sheppey Way, Bobbing,
Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 8QP

01795 437143

sittingbournestore@axminster.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed
May Bank Holiday  
Saturday 27th May 9am - 5pm
Sunday 28th Closed
Monday 29th Closed
Tuesday 30th 8am - 5.30pm
Sittingbourne Store
Skill Centre

Skill Centre

Come on in-store courses with our experts and develop your craftsmanship - find out more

Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening

Our experts can sharpen your plane blades, woodturning gouges, carving chisels...

Festool Test Centre

Festool Test Centre

Try Festool tools for yourself and discover why the range is so unique.

Refreshments

Time to refuel?

If you're not in a hurry to leave why not take your tea break in store.

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

These workshops offer you the opportunity to see machinery in use and get hands on.

Axminster Finance

Axminster Finance

Let your tools pay for themselves - we can explain your finance options - find out more

Free Car Parking

Free Car Parking

As part of our service parking is free to all customers.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

A simple and secure way to pay with your iPhone 6 or Apple Watch.

Click & Collect

Can’t wait for delivery? Why not collect in store!

Check store stock and reserve tools online, then collect in store

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Get involved in store

We welcome hobbyists, professionals and clubs to come along and join in and from time to time we will also have special guests and suppliers in store.

Axminster Skill Centre

Skill Centre

The Axminster Skill Centre offers our customers the opportunity to develop their skills within the diverse range of woodworking, engineering and associated crafts - book a course today...

Turning Tuesdays

Turning Tuesdays

This is your chance to see and talk about everything and anything woodturning, every Tuesday between 10am and 4pm in store.

Each week a member of the team will be available to talk turning, demonstrate and help with any queries or questions as well as giving you the chance to get hands on and have a go.

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Sittingbourne Store Events

Events

Come to an event and be inspired by our experts and special guests as they give practical demonstrations

Our free events offer a great opportunity to learn a new skill and meet like-minded people. Try the latest tools and machinery - we'll encourage you to get involved. If you need professional advice, our experts are always happy to help.

You can also expect exclusive offers throughout the store so take a look at our calendar and we'll look forward to seeing you!

June 2017

Saturday 3rd June
10:00am - 4:00pm

Compressors And Air Tools Demonstration With Colin Niblett

Our in store expert Colin Niblett will be demonstrating the power and quality of the extensive range of Swan compressors and Axminster Air Tools. With our new range of compressors you will be in for a treat! They are versatile machines and offer an economical solution when you want to kit out your workshop with nailers, staplers, screw guns, sanders etc. Once you have a compressor you can add more tools as you go along!

Saturday 10th June
10:00am - 4:00pm

Woodturning With Steve Heeley

Well known, professional woodturner Steve Heeley will be in store displaying his turning skills and offering the audience hints, tips and techniques. Steve will cover a number of projects on the day, using an Axminster lathe and Axminster woodturning chucks. If you are a turning enthusiast keen to develop your skills, don't miss out on this free event and the chance to see one of the UK's top woodturners in action!

Saturday 24th June
10:00am - 3:00pm

Wood Carving With Hamlet Wood Carvers Association

We are delighted to announce that The Hamlet Wood Carvers in Maidstone -affiliated to the British Woodcarvers Association - will be demonstrating in our store on Saturday 24th June. Whether you're an experienced wood carver or looking to start out in wood carving, this is a demonstration not to be missed.

This is an ideal opportunity to meet with professional and hobby enthusiasts who will be glad to offer practical guidance and advice. See you there!

July 2017

Saturday 29th July
10:00am - 4:00pm

Arbortech Power Carver With Jason Bainbridge

When you first look at an Arbortech TurboPlane blade, you may think it looks intimidating, but it is so easy to set up and use!

Please join us in the store where our power carving expert, Jason Bainbridge, will show you how to set up and use the Arbortech TurboPlane blade and mini Turbo kit. If you are keen to try out this tool before you purchase, then this is a demo not to be missed.

August 2017

Saturday 19th August
10:00am - 4:00pm

In Focus – Saburr Tooth

This is another one of those products you look at and wonder what they are and how to use them. Join our power carving expert, Jason Bainbridge, in the store where he will be demonstrating the range of Saburr Tooth carving tools.

With their long lasting, razor sharp cutting teeth arranged into a unique open pattern, these tools really do bring some bite to the workshop. Highly aggressive on all sorts of timber, they allow the power carver to achieve very rapid stock removal.

September 2017

Saturday 23rd September
10:00am - 4:00pm

Relief In Carving Using Flexcut

Have you ever wanted to try carving but were not really sure where to start?

Using Flexcut carving tools, our carving expert, Jason Bainbridge, will show you how to get started in the craft of carving. From comic book inspirations, Jason will guide you step by step through the tools and materials that are best to use. There will also be the opportunity to get hands-on during this demonstration.

October 2017

Saturday 14th October
10:00am - 4:00pm

In Focus – How To Set Up Your Bandsaw

The bandsaw can be one of the most versatile and accurate machines in the workshop if set up correctly. Our in-store demonstrator will be offering tips and advice on how to get the best from your machine. So, if you have had issues with your bandsaw or are looking to purchase one, this would be a useful event to attend.

The demonstration will provide a great opportunity to see why our Axminster Trade Series SBW3501B bandsaw is so popular. And, if you haven't ever tried an Axcaliber Premium bandsaw blade, come along and see the difference in the cut!

Saturday 28th October
10:00am - 4:00pm

In Focus – Axminster AT107PT Spiral Planer Thicknesser

Please join us in store as our expert, Jason Bainbridge, demonstrates the Axminster Trade Series Spiral Cutter Planer Thicknesser.

This high-quality machine is ideally suited to trade workshops and discerning home users, achieving a smooth finish even with difficult, abrasive timbers. There are many reasons why you should invest in one of these machines, so please join us on the day and find out from Jason what this machine can do for you.

November 2017

Saturday 11th November
10:00am - 4:00pm

In Focus – The Rider Workshop

Axminster offers the range of Rider hand planes and chisels which represent excellent value for money! So, what are the benefits of investing in Rider tools? For a start, each plane has been designed and developed by Axminster. From the handles to the blades, every part has been tried and tested to give you the best performance from your plane. Join us in store where our hand tools expert Jason Bainbridge will showcase these well made products.

Join us in store where our hand tools expert Jason Bainbridge will showcase these well-made products.

December 2017

Saturday 2nd December
10:00am - 4:00pm

Pen Turning With Peter Hibbin

Our in-store expert and Skill Centre tutor, Peter Hibbin, will demonstrate pen turning on the Axminster Trade Series Precision Pro Lathe. This is a great lathe and ideal for pen turners!

During the step-by-step demonstration, Peter will produce a range of stylish pens. He will cover material selection, drilling, glueing and finishing.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced turner, Peter will answer any questions you may have on our range of lathes and pen kits plus the techniques involved in producing perfect pens every time!

Saturday 9th December
10:00am - 4:00pm

Making Christmas Decorations on The Lathe

Using the Axminster AT1628VS lathe with a variety of turning tools and equipment, our in-store demonstrator, Jason Bainbridge, will show you how to turn Christmas decorations on the lathe. Jason will guide you step by step through the tools and materials that are best to use. With a chance to get hands-on, this is a demonstration not to be missed.

Saturday 16th December
10:00am - 4:00pm

In Focus – Proxxon Machines

Please join us in store as our expert, Jason Bainbridge, demonstrates the wide range of Proxxon tools and machines. Proxxon products are ideal for those who are into model making and a perfect range for those with a small workshop.

On the day Jason will take you through all the steps of a small project that can be made with the Proxxon range of products.

January 2018

Saturday 13th January
10:00am - 4:00pm

Scroll Saws – 3D Figure Work

When people think about scroll saws, they sometimes assume that all you can do is cut jigsaw puzzles. Although the scroll saw is the perfect machine for this, there is so much more you can do!

Using the Axminster EX-21 scroll saw, join our in-store expert, Jason Bainbridge, who will demonstrate how to make 3D figures.

Saturday 27th January
10:00am - 4:00pm

In Focus – Sharpening with Diamond, Water, Ceramic & Oil Stones

Sharpening is such a basic prerequisite for any woodworker because without a fine, honed, edge, nothing much is liable to happen. But with such a wide range of sharpening stones to choose from… which one should you go for?

Join us in store as our in-store expert Jason Bainbridge will guide you through our extensive range of sharpening stones and sharpening jigs

February 2018

Saturday 24th February
10:00am - 4:00pm

UJK Router Tables & Accessories

A router table is a must-have for any workshop, but do you make your own or buy one? Please join us in store as our demonstrator, Jason Bainbridge, shows you how to set up and use our UJK Technology router tables and router lift.

If you want to build your own, that's no problem. Jason will also show you how to build and create your own router table with our extensive range of UJK Technology routing accessories.

March 2018

Saturday 10th March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Arbortech Power Carver & Proxxon MSG Carver With Jason Bainbridge

Put down your hammer and chisel! Add a bit of power to your traditional carving, and make chiselling easier and faster.

Join us in store where our power carving expert Jason Bainbridge will be demonstrating what you can achieve with an Arbortech power carver and Proxxon MSG carver. With a chance to get hands-on and have a go, this is a demo not to be missed.

Saturday 24th March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Pyrography With Jason Bainbridge

We will be demonstrating the art of Pyrography, showing you everything you need to know to get started in this rewarding hobby. Our in-store expert Jason Bainbridge will take you through the various accessories available and techniques required to get yourself up and running.

He will also be giving you the chance to have a go at it yourself!

Meet The Team

The knowledgeable and resourceful Axminster Experts are passionate about tools and are dedicated to providing you with first class advice.

David Johns

David Johns

Started with Axminster 01/03/2004

Colin Niblett

Colin Niblett

Started with Axminster 06/03/2006

Hollie Wise

Hollie Wise

Started with Axminster 21/03/2011

Lee Kitney

Lee Kitney

Started with Axminster 18/08/2014

David Hawkins

David Hawkins

Started with Axminster 06/06/2005

Peter Hibbin

Peter Hibbin

Started with Axminster 03/01/2006

Glenn O'Hagan

Glenn O'Hagan

Started with Axminster 01/05/2016

Jason Bainbridge

Jason Bainbridge

Started with Axminster 19/01/2015

David Johns

Started with Axminster 01/03/2004

Area(s) of Expertise

Power Tools

Area(s) of Interest

Festool Power Tools

Experience

From previous experience of working on a building site I understand the need for quality tools to get the job done.

Favourite Tool

Japanese Folding Pocket Saw

"I have owned one of these small compact pocket saws for the past 5 years. I have cut down over at least 50 branches from 20mm up to 80mm thick and the blade still has a hard edge. I would be lost without it!"

Favourite Machine

Festool Circular Saw & Guide Rail

"Possible the most accurate guide rail on the market with its unique guide rail system. When combined with the Festool CTL Mldi dust extractor, I have a dust free workshop."

Colin Niblett

Colin Niblett

Started with Axminster 06/03/2006

Area(s) of Expertise

Air Tools, Servicing & Repairs

Area(s) of Interest

Anything mechanical

Experience

I have many years experience with Axminster dealing with technical related enquiries. I really enjoy giving customers helpful hints and tips for all our hand tools, power tools and machinery.

Favourite Tool

Air Nailers

"Due to the fact that they work well and are easy to maintain."

Favourite Machine

Axminster Industrial Series AP5300HD3 Bandsaw

"It has good capacity, easy to adjust and use."

Hollie Wise

Started with Axminster 21/03/2011

Area(s) of Expertise

Sharpening with the Tormek and hand sharpening

Area(s) of Interest

Sharpening, air brushing, woodturning and carving tools.

Experience

I have worked in a retail environment for over 15 years. For the past year I have been tutoring students on Tormek sharpening courses at the Sittingbourne Skill Centre.

Favourite Tool

Proxxon MSG Motorised Carver

"This is a brilliant tool for woodcarvers, woodturners and model makers. You can carve all types of wood using the tool, you can even carve platters with good control."

Favourite Machine

Tormek T-8 Water Cooled Sharpening System

"The Tormek T-8 is the best sharpening system you can buy for accurate, repetitive and razor sharp edges. With a wide range of accessories available, you can sharpen almost anything."

Lee Kitney

Started with Axminster 18/08/2014

Area(s) of Expertise

Customer Service. I love to help customers find the products they are hunting for and to answer any queries they may have.

Area(s) of Interest

Pen Turning. I have recently had the opportunity to try my hand at pen turning, which I thoroughly enjoyed and hope to do the same with woodturning in the near future.

Experience

I have worked in retail for nearly 18 years and love interacting with every customer who walks through the door, assessing their needs and interests.

Favourite Tool

Festool ROTEX RO 150 FEQ-Plus Sander

"This tool is easy to use and manoeuvre. It has low vibration and gives excellent results. There is minimal dust on your work surface when used with an extractor. The Festool may be more expensive than some of their other power tool competitors, however the results from the Festool are clear."

Favourite Machine

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe

"I used this machine when I attended the Skill Centre's pen making course and, being a novice to woodturning, I found this machine easy to control, with the great added feature of variable speed. I made a beautiful pen with this lathe and it's great value for money."

David Hawkins

Started with Axminster 06/06/2005

Area(s) of Expertise

Engineering

Area(s) of Interest

Woodturning, Routing, General Woodwork

Experience

35 years in production engineering including CNC, lathes, centre lathes, turret lathes and mills manufacturing prototype products, production runs and the manufacture and servicing of hydraulic equipment.

Favourite Tool

Fein MultiMaster

"Capable of carrying out multiple actions and tasks with speed and accuracy."

Favourite Machine

Axminster Engineer Series C8 Lathe

"Can be used by hobbyists and professional engineers in light engineering. It is a full and useful package with most requirements supplied."

Peter Hibbin

Started with Axminster 03/01/2006

Area(s) of Expertise

Woodturning, Furniture Making

Area(s) of Interest

Hand Tools, Woodturning, Machinery

Experience

I have always been interested in woodwork from a very young age and was always fascinated in using tools to make projects around the home. In 14 years I have trained several young people in the use of machines and hand tools in order to make furniture from native hardwoods.

The business then changed for the next 6 years by venturing into antique restoration. I started working for Axminster in 2006 and has been involved with selling and demonstrating machines and hand tools in many of the shops around the country.

Favourite Tool

Lie-Nielsen No.62 Low Angle Jack Plane

"High quality manufacture, simple to adjust and versatile in use. "

Favourite Machine

Bosch GKF 600 Router

"A feature packed specification making it versatile for hand use, setting up in a router table or using it with jigs"

Glenn O'Hagan

Started with Axminster 01/05/2016

Area(s) of Expertise

I mostly have expertise in the general sales aspect but I’m constantly learning. Plus there is plenty of good advice on the shop floor from my colleagues. I think woodturning is fun and would like to develop my skills in this area.

Area(s) of Interest

Woodworking in general, having the satisfaction of seeing a finished product and knowing you made it is wonderful.

Experience

I’ve worked in retail since I was 17, and appreciate the need for customers to have friendly, attentive service.

Favourite Tool

Festool Domino

"With a little practice, the Festool Domino is unbelievably easy to use. It’s so versatile – perfect for joining everything from a picture frame to a king size bed."

Favourite Machine

Axminster HBS 200N Bandsaw

"The say a bandsaw is a ‘must have’. This new hobby machine is compact and perfect for the small workshop. It has a useful 80mm cut depth providing a variety of cutting options for most smaller projects."

Jason Bainbridge

Started with Axminster 19/01/2015

Area(s) of Expertise

Site joinery, general building, power carving, woodturning, Japanese hand tools and site work.

Area(s) of Interest

All areas of traditional joinery and carpentry.

Experience

I have worked on site as a joiner and general builder and am a philosophy graduate from Durham University. I am inspired by quality in all things and have a passion for excellence. I love interacting with the public and enjoy figuring out projects and finding the right tool for the right job.

Favourite Tool

The Veritas range of hand tools

"Traditional, inspired yet elegantly simple. Whenever I pick up one of these tools it becomes my favourite."

Favourite Machine

Axminster Trade Series AT107PT
Spiral Cutter Planer Thicknesser

"This machine is radically different from traditional planer thicknessers. Blade maintenance is simplicity itself - gone are the days of messing around with blade sets and setting tools. Now it’s a simple turn of an Allen key and it lasts four times as long as standard blades. What's not to like?"

From experience, we understand the need for quality tools to get the job done... Hollie Wise (Deputy Manager) & Peter Hibbin (Sales Expert)
Sittingbourne Store Manager and Deputy Mangager
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