Cardiff Store

Valegate Retail Park, Copthorne Way, Cardiff. CF5 6EH

02920 025000 - cardiffstore@axminster.co.uk

Opening Hours

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

Business as usual! Works are underway to modernise Valegate Retail Park but we're open as normal.

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

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.

Carving Club

Carving Club

Whether you're a novice or experienced carver or simply interested in starting a new hobby, why not come along to our Carving Club? These free informal sessions provide an opportunity to try new tools and learn new techniques with helpful advice and guidance from other members and from the store team.

We meet every Tuesday between 2pm and 5pm and all materials and tools are provided. Plus there's free tea and coffee! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Cardiff 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!

Our in-store Carving Club is on every Tuesday between 2pm and 5pm, it's open to novice and experienced carvers and is completely FREE. Ask a member of store staff for more details.

February 2020

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

Cardiff 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 - 2:00pm

Cardiff Store - Tool Restoration With The Ultimate Edge

Join us in-store as we demonstrate one of our most important product introductions in recent years - the variable speed, reversible ‘Ultimate Edge’ Sharpening System. Designed to sharpen any edge tools, this versatile system provides precise control of blade and bevel angles and sharpens to a perfectly flat surface.

It's also fantastic at bringing old tools back to life. The Ultimate Edge can combine fast rust removal with effortless polishing and incredible sharpening and honing capabilities. But don't take our word for it, bring your chisels, plane blades and knives along* to this demonstration and test it for yourself.

This is a closed group for up to 8 people only, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

*One tool per person 

Saturday 14th March to Sunday 15th March
10:00am - 3:00pm

Cardiff Store - Carve A Love Spoon With The SW Woodcarvers

Free Carving Workshop

Carve out some time for yourself!

The South Wales Regional Woodcarvers will be joining us over the weekend to showcase some fine examples of their work. You'll also be invited to have a go and create your very own love spoon to take home. All materials and tools will be provided free of charge along with refreshments.

If you have yet to attend this workshop and are new to woodcarving then we highly recommend you come along, anytime between 10-3 on either day, and fall in love with a new hobby.

Saturday 21st March
10:00am - 12:00pm

Cardiff Store - Tool Sharpening Taster Session

SOLD OUT - PLEASE CONTACT THE STORE TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST 

Do you struggle to get that perfect edge on your chisels?

Then come and join our sharpening taster session. Under the guidance of David Kenwrick, you'll have the chance to get hands-on with a number of sharpening stations including Tormek and Rider.

During the two hour session, David will take you through machine set up, jig choice, wheel truing and sharpening techniques (with an emphasis on the sharpening of woodturning and hand tools). You can even bring in a tool of your own to put the systems through their paces! 

Two sessions are available, limited to just 6 people within each - so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 21st March
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cardiff Store - Tool Sharpening Taster Session

SOLD OUT - PLEASE CONTACT THE STORE TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST 

Do you struggle to get that perfect edge on your chisels?

Then come and join our sharpening taster session. Under the guidance of David Kenwrick, you'll have the chance to get hands-on with a number of sharpening stations including Tormek and Rider.

During the two hour session, David will take you through machine set up, jig choice, wheel truing and sharpening techniques (with an emphasis on the sharpening of woodturning and hand tools). You can even bring in a tool of your own to put the systems through their paces! 

Two sessions are available, limited to just 6 people within each - so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Cardiff 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!

*To get the best value from this demonstration we suggest arriving at 10 am and staying until the end. This is a group demonstration and seats are unallocated and limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

May 2020

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

Cardiff 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 27th April, for your chance of winning a 1-2-1 tutoring session with Martin Saban-Smith. Which will take place in-store on Friday 8th May, 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 5th June 2020. For full terms and conditions of this offer please visit Martin's website www.msabansmith.com


Our newest store embraces the core Axminster values of quality & excellent service Stephan Parker (Deputy Manager) & Lee Parfitt (Manager)
Cardiff Store Manager and Deputy Mangager

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