Basingstoke Store

Winchester Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG22 6HN

01256 637477 -

    • This store will be closed from 3pm to 5:30pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020

      We will be carrying out some essential staff training and therefore the store will be closed for a short period. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, if you would like to reserve an item to collect later please use our Click and Collect facility and we will get this actioned as soon as possible.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm (browsing from 10am)
Basingstoke Store
Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening

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

Free Car Parking

Free Car Parking

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


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

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.

Live Workshop

Come in and get Hands On

Our store is always ready to help you get Hands On with the latest machines. Whether you're thinking about upgrading an existing machine, or making a new workshop investment, it's a big commitment and it's important to be sure of your choice.

We are always happy to arrange a demonstration with one of our store experts, to provide a real sense of the features and performance of a machine, in a safe environment. Speak to any member of our team - if we can't help you straight away, we'll set up a time that's convenient to make sure you get the very best guidance. We look forward to seeing you in store soon.

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!

January 2020

Saturday 25th January
10:00am - 2:00pm

Basingstoke Store - High-End Hand Tools

A detailed look at the features and benefits of a wide range of high-end, precision hand tools including leading international brands Veritas and Lie-Nielsen. During this demonstration, we'll look at comparable planes, chisels and saws from these brands and explain some of their similarities - and some of their differences. We'll also share some practical advice on set-up to ensure you get the best performance from these trusted hand tools. There'll be plenty of time to get 'hands on' yourself, so come along for what promises to be a rewarding few hours with our skilled store demonstrators.

February 2020

Sunday 2nd February
10:00am - 4:00pm

Basingstoke Store - Snowmen & Natural Edged Bowls With SAW

Free Woodturning Demonstration

David Stratton and Mike Spaven are both accomplished demonstrators from the Surrey Association of Woodturners with many years of woodturning experience and knowledge between them. They will both be joining us in-store, using the AT406 Lathe, to demonstrate two different projects for you to try at home.

David will be turning snowmen with crystal tummies and lights, a simple turn technique but very effective and with limitless opportunities. Mike will be demonstrating the art of turning natural edge bowls.

Whether you're new to turning or looking for inspiration for a new project, this is a fantastic opportunity to talk to experienced craftsmen.

Saturday 15th February
10:00am - 2:00pm

Basingstoke Store - Small Scale Segmented Turning

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 adds extra complexity to her miniature projects by using segmented blanks. Segmented turning, which is when several pieces of wood are glued together before being turned, creates unique patterns and stunning end results - so come along and be inspired to challenge yourself.

Saturday 22nd February
10:00am - 2:00pm

Basingstoke Store - EcoPoxy Resin With Tom Stokes

Free Woodworking Demonstration

Join us for our very first Resin demonstration - an exciting opportunity for beginners looking to add an extra element within their woodwork. Using EcoPoxy (a natural bio-based product) and, the newly stocked, Lizard casting moulds, Tom Stokes will show you how to create beautiful wood and resin blanks.

10am - 12 noon will cover;

  • Measure, mixing and pouring the resin
  • Adding colourants
  • Removing bubbles

12pm - 2pm will cover;

  • Turning, Sanding, Polishing & Finishing techniques

This FREE in-store guide* will help add another dimension to your projects, so come along and mix it up!

*This is a group demonstration, not a 1-2-1 session and seats are unallocated and limited.
Saturday 29th February
10:00am - 4:00pm

Basingstoke 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 by17th February, for your chance of winning a 1-2-1 tutoring session with Martin Saban-Smith. Which will take place in-store on Friday 28th February, 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 27th March 2020. For full terms and conditions of this offer please visit Martin's website

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

Basingstoke 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!

We're always happy to take a product off the shelf for the customer to get hands on James Peer (Manager)
Basingstoke Store Manager

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