Basingstoke Store

Winchester Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG22 6HN

01256 637477 - basingstokestore@axminster.co.uk

Opening Hours

 
Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm (browsing from 10am)
Bank Holiday  
Monday 26th August 10am - 4.30pm
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.

Refreshments

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.

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Axminster 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!

August 2019

Tuesday 27th August
9:30am - 10:30am

Basingstoke Store 'Beat The Boredom' Summer Workshop - 3D Scroll Saw Bird

Scroll sawing provides a great way to produce a fun, interesting take-home project in less than an hour. During our ‘Beat the Boredom’ Scroll Saw sessions, our store team will help young creators cut out and sand down the shapes required to make a 3D slot-together bird. Scroll sawing is a test of hand-to-eye coordination which is challenging yet absorbing - and will open young minds to further creative possibilities. Where time permits, we’ll show how pyrography could be used to add detail to the bird and suggest special paints available in store to finish the project at home. 

*Maximum of two children per session, 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 will be provided by Axminster store. Photographs will be taken during the workshop, please advise the tutor if you do not wish your child to be included with any future marketing.


Tuesday 27th August
11:00am - 12:00pm

Basingstoke Store 'Beat The Boredom' Summer Workshop - 3D Scroll Saw Bird

Scroll sawing provides a great way to produce a fun, interesting take-home project in less than an hour. During our ‘Beat the Boredom’ Scroll Saw sessions, our store team will help young creators cut out and sand down the shapes required to make a 3D slot-together bird. Scroll sawing is a test of hand-to-eye coordination which is challenging yet absorbing - and will open young minds to further creative possibilities. Where time permits, we’ll show how pyrography could be used to add detail to the bird and suggest special paints available in store to finish the project at home. 

*Maximum of two children per session, 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 will be provided by Axminster store. Photographs will be taken during the workshop, please advise the tutor if you do not wish your child to be included with any future marketing.


Tuesday 27th August
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Basingstoke Store 'Beat The Boredom' Summer Workshop - 3D Scroll Saw Bird

Scroll sawing provides a great way to produce a fun, interesting take-home project in less than an hour. During our ‘Beat the Boredom’ Scroll Saw sessions, our store team will help young creators cut out and sand down the shapes required to make a 3D slot-together bird. Scroll sawing is a test of hand-to-eye coordination which is challenging yet absorbing - and will open young minds to further creative possibilities. Where time permits, we’ll show how pyrography could be used to add detail to the bird and suggest special paints available in store to finish the project at home. 

*Maximum of two children per session, 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 will be provided by Axminster store. Photographs will be taken during the workshop, please advise the tutor if you do not wish your child to be included with any future marketing.


Tuesday 27th August
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Basingstoke Store 'Beat The Boredom' Summer Workshop - 3D Scroll Saw Bird

Scroll sawing provides a great way to produce a fun, interesting take-home project in less than an hour. During our ‘Beat the Boredom’ Scroll Saw sessions, our store team will help young creators cut out and sand down the shapes required to make a 3D slot-together bird. Scroll sawing is a test of hand-to-eye coordination which is challenging yet absorbing - and will open young minds to further creative possibilities. Where time permits, we’ll show how pyrography could be used to add detail to the bird and suggest special paints available in store to finish the project at home. 

*Maximum of two children per session, 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 will be provided by Axminster store. Photographs will be taken during the workshop, please advise the tutor if you do not wish your child to be included with any future marketing.


Friday 30th August
11:00am - 2:00pm

Basingstoke Store - Mini Makers Live With Make It Soph

Minimakers Live* is coming to store

Minimakers is an initiative brought to you by 'Make It Soph' designed to encourage and inspire young people to get involved with making and crafting. This workshop will show children how to create a robot out of scrap pieces of wood but more importantly, it will be a fun introduction to woodworking for all your Minimakers.

Your children will be encouraged to design their own robots - everything needed to make them will be provided, so all they need to bring is their imaginations! 

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

*This event will be filmed live to Facebook as part of the Mini Makers series, by registering for this event you are given consent for us to use the imagery on this social media platform. You will be required to complete a consent form upon arrival. **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 and the projects are yours to keep.

Saturday 31st August
10:00am - 2:00pm

Basingstoke Store - Fine-Tuning Hand Tools - WIN A Sharpening Station

We invite you to join us for this national store demonstration, as we fine-tune two of our tool chest favourites - the hand plane and the chisel - and give you the chance to win a Rider Sharpening Station worth £87.96.* At the demonstration, our trained staff will guide you through the simple steps to ensure these trusted tools deliver precise performance in your hands, enhancing traditional woodworking experience. We’ll look at plane selection, flattening the sole and squaring the mouth of the plane; sharpening the plane iron, and truing up the frog and cap iron. We’ll also be Introducing a range of chisels and their applications, demonstrating general care and maintenance along with hand sharpening and powered wet wheel sharpening techniques. Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh your hand tool tuning skills - and win that sharpening station!


*Requires registration for this event via Eventbrite and attendance on the day. Please bring in proof of registration (smartphone or print) and check-in on arrival at the store. Not redeemable for cash. The draw will be made on Monday 2nd September and winners will be notified by email or phone call.

September 2019

Saturday 7th September
10:00am - 2:00pm

Basingstoke Store Woodturning Month - All You Need To Know About The Lathe

Woodturning Month - All You Need To Know About The Lathe

Increase your own knowledge or introduce someone new to woodwork during our Woodturning Month! Every Saturday in September we'll be using various machines and tools to give you a practical understanding of their functionality. Alongside this we'll also be demonstrating a huge variety of techniques that'll help you begin or progress your woodturning.

If you're just about to take up Woodturning as a new hobby you'll need to know a few basics. In the first of the sessions Anna-Marie will cover the basics functions of the lathe and essential hand tools, before putting them into practice by demonstrating how to turn candlesticks and bowls.

Saturday 14th September
10:00am - 2:00pm

Woodturning Month - Turning Bowls And Boxes

Woodturning Month - Turning Bowls And Boxes

Increase your own knowledge or introduce someone new to woodwork during our Woodturning Month! Every Saturday in September we'll be using various machines and tools to give you a practical understanding of their functionality. Alongside this we'll also be demonstrating a huge variety of techniques that'll help you begin or progress your woodturning.

There are some quite specific techniques used in turning and for the less experienced turner, the number of variations can be daunting. During this second session, James, will go through what techniques you can use to achieve a variety of outcomes. In addition he'll also cover sharpening practices that'll make your turning much more effective. By the end of the demonstration, you should have the knowledge to create your own bowl or box.

Saturday 21st September
10:00am - 2:00pm

Woodturning Month - Textures, Colourants and Finishes

Woodturning Month - Textures, Colourants and Finishes

Increase your own knowledge or introduce someone new to woodwork during our Woodturning Month! Every Saturday in September we'll be using various machines and tools to give you a practical understanding of their functionality. Alongside this we'll also be demonstrating a huge variety of techniques that'll help you begin or progress your woodturning.

During this third session we'll introduce you to the art of texturing, and colouring. Tom will perform a live experiment using different multitools and colourants that'll help you completely transform your projects.

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

Woodturning Month - The Art Of Micro Turning

Woodturning Month - The Art Of Micro Turning

Increase your own knowledge or introduce someone new to woodwork during our Woodturning Month! Every Saturday in September we'll be using various machines and tools to give you a practical understanding of their functionality. Alongside this we'll also be demonstrating a huge variety of techniques that'll help you begin or progress your woodturning.

For the last instalment of our Woodturning Month, Anna Marie, our expert in miniature turning will showcase the delicate skills required to create the tiniest of projects. Miniature turning is a truly skilled art form and Anna-Marie is mesmerising to watch, so if you've ever wanted to learn how to make jewellery or dollhouse furniture this session is not to be missed!

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

Basingstoke Store - Craft Lathes, Bandsaws And Wood Blanks

Offering affordable quality and precision, our Craft lathes have brought a great number of newcomers to the world of woodturning since their introduction nearly a year ago. At this national store event, we’ll review the range and show you just why these lathes have proved so popular, demonstrating the many features which position them above entry-level lathes. We also have a great offer in September - buy a Craft lathe and we’ll include a half-price accessory plus you’ll get a free three-hour introductory training session.

At the demonstration, our store specialists will also suggest ways in which our high-specification Craft bandsaws can compliment your lathe projects and we’ll have our latest stocks of exotic and indigenous wood blanks displayed and ready to take away. Whether a novice or experienced woodworker, if you’re looking to venture into woodturning, make sure you don’t miss this informative and inspiring demonstration.


October 2019

Saturday 26th October
10:00am - 4:00pm

Basingstoke - Matt Estlea, The Next Level

Matt Estlea; woodworker, tutor and social influencer, will be in-store covering sharpening, dovetailing and plane set-up and use. We first introduced you to Matt via our Meet The Maker series back in 2016. At the time Matt was a student at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, as well as working part-time at our store in Basingstoke. It was during this time that he became accustomed to filming the creation of his projects.

Now we present Matt Estlea, a tutor at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, an inspirational demonstrator on a tour of all eight Axminster stores and an influential YouTuber with over one hundred thousand subscribers. Matt’s adulation for his craft and love of a challenge together with his pared-back style invigorates traditional woodworking methods. So, whatever your ability, Matt’s demonstration will ‘take your skills to the next level’ - come along and see him live and in action.


We enjoy conversing with our customers about their interests & tools... Simon Jones (Manager)
Basingstoke Store Manager and Deputy Mangager

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