Axminster Store

The Trafalgar Way, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5SN

01297 302370 -

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed
Axminster Store
Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening

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

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

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


Time to refuel?

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

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...

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

We have kitted out an area the size of a small garage that any enthusiast would be proud of. We understand that looking at a machine isn't always enough - live workshops offer you the opportunity to see the machines in use and get hands on.

Axminster Store 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!

March 2019

Saturday 30th March
10:00am - 2:00pm

Axminster Store - Scroll Saw Demonstration

Scroll Saws are a ‘go to’ craft machine - relatively safe and easy to use, with a myriad of creative possibilities in the hands of the imaginative user. Whether it’s making 2D and 3D puzzles, personalised name signs, silhouette art or Christmas decorations, a scroll saw can do it all.
Offered with a three year guarantee, the new Craft range of scroll saws from Axminster provide refinement and features beyond standard hobby machines. Offered with variable speed control, tilt cast iron tables and air blower nozzle, these impressive yet affordable machines will help take your creativity to the next level.
So if you’re thinking of starting a new hobby and would like to get ‘hands on’ with one of our new Craft scroll saws, don’t miss out on our national demonstrations to be held in store on Saturday 30th March. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff look forward to seeing you there!

April 2019

Saturday 6th April
10:00am - 4:00pm

Axminster Store - UJK Dovetail Jig With Shaun Vincent

Have you always wanted to make your own drawers? Our in-store expert and Skill Centre tutor Shaun Vincent will be demonstrating the various features and benefits of UJK Technology Dovetail Jig, The Jig can be used to cut half blind dovetails (for drawer construction), precise comb or finger joints (in up to 28mm thick material) and can cut through dovetails (in material up to 19mm).

Come along anytime between 10-4pm and experience how this simple to use Jig will enable you to make professional finished frames and drawers quickly and easily.

Tuesday 9th April
10:00am - 2:00pm

Axminster Store - New Product Launch with Festool

Our local Festool representative will be in-store showcasing the new Festool dust extractors, multi-tool and he'll be putting the new workstation through its paces. This demonstration will be a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on with the machines and ask a Festool expert for advice and/or practical guidance.

Wednesday 10th April
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Axminster Store - 'Beat The Boredom' Easter Workshop - Scroll Saw Bunny

Join us in store for the first of two ‘Take Home’ Easter 'Beat the Boredom' workshops. Our store teams will help your young, budding crafters create their own Easter Bunnies, using a scroll saw, sandpaper and pyrography. *Maximum of two children per adult, ages 7-14, all children must be registered to participate. Please register your interest through Eventbrite. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while in the store. All tools and materials provided at the event.

Friday 12th April
10:00am - 2:00pm

Axminster Store - Souber Lock Jig

The Souber lock Jig is fast becoming the preferred method for many tradespeople when fitting mortice locks. With its self-centering clamp and milling operation, it is definitely a must-have tool when fitting doors. It makes the job quick and simple, with a door lockable to be fitted in less than 5 minutes! Whether you have 1 door to hang or 100, you can benefit from using a Souber lock Jig. Pop in for 5 minutes - literally - and try it for yourself!

Saturday 13th April
11:00am - 3:00pm

Axminster Store - Beyond Parnham; Book Signing with John Makepeace

We are excited to welcome world-renowned furniture designer, master craftsman and tutor, John Makepeace to the store. John will be signing copies of his book ‘Beyond Parnham’. The books tells the story of Parnham College in Dorset, described as ‘an educational phenomenon that inspired a generation of young designers and furniture makers’, and is a compilation of the recollections of over 100 alumni and guest contributors.

John will be available to sign books between 11am-1pm and 2pm-3pm, come along and meet the craftsman whose career has been described as, 'an adventure in wood'.

Wednesday 17th April
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Axminster Store - 'Beat The Boredom' Easter Workshop - Pyrography Egg

The second of our ‘Take Home’ Easter 'Beat the Boredom' workshop focuses on pyrography, with our young crafters testing their creative skills by decorating an Easter Egg - with guidance and assistance from our friendly store teams. *Maximum of two children per adult, ages 7-14, all children must be registered to participate. Please register your interest through Eventbrite. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while in the store. All tools and materials provided at the event.

Saturday 27th April
10:00am - 2:00pm

Axminster Store - Wooden Bowl Coring Using Woodcut With Shaun Vincent

Create cost savings and not wood shavings with Woodcut. Join in-store expert, Shaun Vincent, as he takes a closer look and the Bowlsaver systems by Woodcut. These tools can enable you to increase your output from a bowel blank by upto three times.
Come along and see the range of Bowlsavers in action, learn the differences between the MAX3 and the coring system, as well as get advice on such things as; cutting different types of wood, adjusting the depth of blade, what tool post your lathe requires and much more. This is a free demonstration, so pop in anytime from 10-2pm.

Saturday 27th April
10:00am - 2:00pm

Axminster Store - Sanding - In Pursuit Of The Perfect Finish

Skilful sanding remains the key to achieving an attractive and tactile finish to your project - bringing the best out of the natural features of the timber. From hand sanding to the latest power sanding machines, the technology keeps moving on, bringing improvements to abrasives, dust extraction and ergonomics. To help keep you up to date, our stores will be hosting a national sanding demonstration on Saturday 27th April.

We’ll also be introducing a new range of Axminster Trade Wax products - providing a choice specially developed, high quality protective and decorative finishes.

At the demonstration, our store teams will be taking the opportunity to demonstrate the Fuji PaintWIZ Pro handheld spray system - another way to achieve a variety of easy-to-apply creative finishes.

Don’t miss out on our ‘Three in One’ store demonstrations. See you there!

May 2019

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

Axminster Store - Handmade Music - Cigar Box Guitars With Matthew Youngs

Did you know you can build a simple functioning guitar with just a handful of Tools and a little inspiration. The cigar box guitar is a simple chordophone that uses an empty box as a resonator and typically a broom handle to form the neck. During this demonstration, we'll show you how to make your very own instrument as well as giving you the chance to get hands-on with a range of Japanese hand tools.

Saturday 25th May
10:00am - 4:00pm

Axminster Store - Chris Fisher - The Blind Woodturner

Chris Fisher, also known as the Blind Woodturner since he lost his sight in 2008, will be in-store covering lathes, chucks, jaws and turning tools.

You will be inspired by Chris as he shares his passion for woodturning. Chris constantly challenges himself, exceeding all expectations and demonstrating how seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome through tenacity and self-belief.

Join us for a demonstration not to be missed as Chris puts his unique spin on the craft of woodturning.

Our knowledgeable team of experts can provide you with professional advice... Matthew Youngs (Manager) & Matt McAuley (Deputy Manager)
Axminster Store Manager and Deputy Mangager

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