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)
    • Business as usual – works are underway to modernise Valegate Retail Park but we're open as normal.
Cardiff 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

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.

Festool Test Centre

Festool Test Centre

Festool tools are precision engineered and have to be seen as an investment, which ultimately saves you time, materials and protects your health.

Gain some hands-on experience in store and discover why the range is so unique.

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!

October 2019

Saturday 19th October to Sunday 20th October
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Carve A Love Spoon With The BWA

Free Woodcarving Workshop

Due to the popularity of this event, we have invited the Welsh Region of the British Woodcarvers to come back every month for the remainder of the year.

If you have yet to attend and are new to woodcarving then we highly recommend you secure your place to carve your very own love spoon.

Saturday 26th October
10:00am - 2:00pm

Cardiff Store - Craft Pen Turning Lathes, Kits and Blanks

In this national store demonstration, we’ll introduce novices and more experienced woodturners to the lathes, tools and techniques you’ll need to begin turning your own pens. With a choice of many wood and resin blanks, pen kits and finishes now available in store, the creative possibilities are almost endless.

During the demonstration, we’ll cover blank preparation and mounting, tool selection and use, design considerations, shaping and finishing. Our store specialist will share sufficient practical guidance to enable you to make a start on pen turning almost immediately.

Remember, if you buy any Craft lathe, we’ll provide you with a free three-hour introduction to woodturning with one of our team specialists. For this demonstration, we recommend joining us at the start and staying through to the close to make sure you get the full benefit of each stage of instruction.

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

Cardiff Store - Woodturning With Mark Sanger

Free Woodturning Demonstration

International woodturner Mark Sanger will be in-store to demonstrate his skills and share his knowledge.

Mark started turning in 2000 and was soon exhibiting his work in local galleries. In 2004 he left his career to pursue turning as a full time vocation concentrating on hollow and lidded vessels which today include colour and texture as well as sculptural turning, with the lathe being used only as a part process.

Mark has written many articles on woodturning. His first book ‘Turning Hollow Forms’ was published by GMC Publications. Turning has taken him to America, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Spain and around the UK teaching, demonstrating and attending wood art collaborations.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Mark in action.

Monday 28th October
10:00am - 12:00pm

Cardiff Store - Children's Halloween Workshop

Free Children's Workshop

Be afraid. Be very afraid - your little monsters might soon be wanting you to help them with some Halloween projects - never fear, our Axminster stores are ready to help with a special Halloween workshop. Using our Craft Scroll saws, our frighteningly friendly staff will help your creepy creatives make their own take-home Halloween decoration. They'll be using one of our 'Terrifying Templates' including bats, ghosts, witches hats and cats - and they'll have a chance to use pyrography to add scary detail.

This is a FREE event with no tricks, so it’ll be all treat!

*Maximum of two children per adult, aged 8-14, 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 within any future marketing

Wednesday 30th October
10:00am - 12:00pm

Cardiff Store - Make Your Own Halloween Decorations With 'Make it Soph'

Join us in-store this October and create your own spooktacular decorations using paper rolls, coloured paper and marker pens!

Following on from creating robots with scrap wood, I want to inspire children to create simple decorations using items they would find around the house. Encouraging children to make and create without spending lots of money on materials. Using PVA glue, googley eyes, paper rolls, coloured card and paper, felt pens, sellotape, scissors.

Spaces are limited to only 10 children per session, so please book your little monsters in 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 5-14, 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 are provided at the event and the projects are yours to keep. 

Wednesday 30th October
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cardiff Store - Make Your Own Halloween Decorations With 'Make it Soph'

Join us in-store this October and create your own spooktacular decorations using paper rolls, coloured paper and marker pens!

Following on from creating robots with scrap wood, I want to inspire children to create simple decorations using items they would find around the house. Encouraging children to make and create without spending lots of money on materials. Using PVA glue, googley eyes, paper rolls, coloured card and paper, felt pens, sellotape, scissors.

Spaces are limited to only 10 children per session, so please book your little monsters in 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 5-14, 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 are provided at the event and the projects are yours to keep. 

November 2019

Saturday 9th November
10:30am - 3:30pm

Cardiff Store - Functional & Decorative Woodturning With Owen Schroder

Free Woodworking Demonstration

17-year-old Owen Schroder started turning 4 years ago when the unused pole lathe in his father's shed caught his curiosity. Two electric machines succeeded the pole lathe as his turned pieces became more adventurous. Over the years, Owen accumulated tools, storm-felled wood and knowledge as he developed his skill in the art of turning bowls, hollow forms and boxes. During this demonstration Owen will be using the Trade lathe and a range of turning tools to produce some hollow forms.

Owen is at the start of what we believe will be a long and rich career in woodworking. Come along to store and be inspired by his enthusiasm and fresh perspective on woodturning. 

Saturday 23rd November
10:00am - 3:00pm

Cardiff Store - Dolls House Furniture With John Gittins

Free Woodworking Demonstration

We're pleased to welcome back distinguished craftsman, John Gittins, to the store. John's been building model ships and furniture since he was a teenager but the introduction of Proxxon tools saw the quality of his work improve - so what better person to offer a step-by-step guide to using the range!

This demonstration will concentrate on making wooden furniture for a dolls house at the standard scale of 1:12, so come and discover how to make a big impression on a tiny scale.

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

Cardiff Store - Jet Machines Re-Launch

In this national store event, we re-introduce one of the UK's most trusted woodworking machine brands, Jet. First made available in the UK over 20 years ago, these robust machines have earned a reputation for performance, reliability and value which has secured a large customer base amongst discerning woodworking enthusiasts. At this free event, we'll highlight key technical features of Jet bandsaws, lathes and scroll saws recently introduced to the range and share advice and techniques for getting the best results from these precision machines.

We look forward to seeing you in store and to helping your woodworking 'take off' to even greater heights, with Jet.


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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