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 or coffee 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 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!

February 2020

Saturday 29th February
10:00am - 2:00pm

Axminster Store - Woodturning Jaws Explained

Join us in-store as we explore one of the key woodturning accessories that sometimes get overlooked - the jaws. Axminster Tools & Machinery manufacture a range of high precision jaws compatible with our 'Evolution' series chucks - all designed and machined at our manufacturing facilities in Devon. These proudly UK made jaws present the aspiring woodturner with the means to hold and turn wood for the best possible creative results.  In this demonstration, we'll discuss and demonstrate a variety of popular jaws including Pen, Button, Dovetail, and Expanding Pin Chuck jaws and show the typical project applications of each. Whether you're interested in turning wide diameter pieces such as bowls and platters or finer pieces such as goblets and pens, we'll have just the jaw to suit your needs!

N.B. this demo will be split into two sessions - to get the best value please join us at either 10 am or 12 noon.

March 2020

Saturday 7th March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Axminster Store - Sanding and Finishing With Osmo

During this demonstration, we'll be showcasing the full range of Osmo Finishes.

Osmo, manufactured in Germany with over 100 years of development, offers a natural and environmentally friendly alternative to wood finishing. The oil and wax are based on natural and renewable vegetable oils that penetrate deeply into the wood for a hard-wearing finish that protects and enhances wood both indoors and out. We'll also be demonstrating how to prepare the wood with sanding techniques using power sanders as well as the good old fashioned hand sanders. 

This is a great opportunity for you to get hands-on and see for yourself how a quality finish can transform your projects. 

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

Axminster Store - Small Scale Turning With Anna-Marie

FREE Woodturning Demonstration 

Anna-Marie is a master of small scale turning, she predominantly uses small offcuts, destined for the bin, to create beautiful pieces of jewellery and small trinkets. Turning on this scale is a challenge in itself but one that Anna has taken delight in perfecting.

During this demonstration, Anna will explain the complexities of her miniature projects and demonstrate the techniques you'll need to try a small scale project at home.

Saturday 21st March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Axminster Store - Delightful Dovetails With UJK

FREE Woodworking Demonstration

Our in-store specialist 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).

During the demonstration, Shaun will guide you through the creation of close-fitting dovetails - from setting up the jig to router and cutting tool selection. Throughout he'll offer practical advice that'll help you quickly achieve strong, professional joints in a number of project applications.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to take your jointing 'to the next level'.

Saturday 28th March
10:00am - 2:00pm

Axminster Store EcoPoxy, Working With Resin And Wood

Free Woodworking Demonstration

Working with wood and resin is right on trend and in this national demonstration, our store specialists will provide an introduction to resin, using our new range of EcoPoxy products. Together these offer an ideal solution for woodworkers, artists and craftspeople looking to explore new creative possibilities in their work.

During this demonstration we'll make a small project, providing technical guidance and useful tips which will help you achieve professional results in your workshop from the outset. We'll provide details of the tools and accessories you might need and highlight some of the pitfalls when starting out working with resin. We'll also share some of the reasons why we stock EcoPoxy products, which are proven to provide outstanding all-round performance, clarity and durability while remaining environmentally friendly. We look forward to seeing you there!

April 2020

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

Axminster Store - Woodturning With Martin Saban-Smith

Woodturning and Finishes Demonstration

Join us as tutor and demonstrator, Martin Saban-Smith RPT returns to our stores to share more of his unique woodturning creativity. Martin's enthusiasm, technical ability and artistic finishing has attracted an impressive following on social media and he promises an entertaining and informative demonstration. His relaxed presentation style has been enjoyed by hundreds of turners in the UK, Ireland, Scotland and the USA. Martin is the manufacturer and owner of the Hampshire Sheen range of finishing waxes and oils and the Intrinsic Collection dyes which will be used during his demonstration.

Register for this event and complete the entry form by 13th April, for your chance of winning a 1-2-1 tutoring session with Martin Saban-Smith. Which will take place in-store on Friday 24th April, between 2-5 pm. The prize also includes Hampshire Sheen products up to the value of £40.

Martin has also offered a 25% discount on a 1-2-1 course with him at his workshop in Hampshire. This is open to anyone who registers for this event, please see confirmation email for the voucher code. Valid until the 22nd May 2020. For full terms and conditions of this offer please visit Martin's website

Get hands on and try before you buy, on over 10,000 products in store Phil Lewis (Manager)
Axminster Store Deputy Mangager

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