North Shields Store

Unit J1, Hamar Close, Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate. NE29 7XB

01915 005966 -

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm (browsing from 10am)
North Shields 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.

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.

Turning Tuesdays

Turning Tuesdays

This is your chance to see and talk about everything and anything woodturning, every Tuesday between 10am and 4pm in store.

Each week a member of the team will be available to talk turning, demonstrate and help with any queries or questions as well as giving you the chance to get hands on and have a go.

North Shields 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 22nd February
10:00am - 4:00pm

North Shields Store - Dust Extraction Clinic

Extraction is an absolute must in any workshop and on-site. The importance of looking after your health should never be underestimated - plus it reduces the time it takes to tidy up!

During this demonstration we'll be running through the full range of portable and fixed extraction units we have, from power tool manufacturers such as Festool and Fein, machinery specialist Jet and our own Axminster machines. Advice will be offered on installation, machine choice, filtration, current difficulties and anything else relating to extraction. With special discounts on the day, if you're about to install extraction in your workshop or thinking of upgrading your existing machine, this is a demonstration well worth attending.

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

North Shields 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 14th March
10:00am - 1:00pm

North Shields Store - Wood Carving

Come along and join our popular woodcarving session in-store, hosted by carving enthusiast Ruby. 

Whether you're an experienced woodcarver or looking to start out, this is an ideal opportunity to meet with friendly like-minded crafters who'll, alongside Ruby will be glad to offer practical guidance and advice.

This is a free session so all materials and tools will be provided, so you just need to bring along some creativity. 

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

North Shields 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!

May 2020

Saturday 23rd May
10:00am - 4:00pm

North Shields 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 11th May, for your chance of winning a 1-2-1 tutoring session with Martin Saban-Smith. Which will take place in-store on Friday 22nd 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 19th June 2020. For full terms and conditions of this offer please visit Martin's website

We deliver a great experience for the hobbyist, tradesman & professional... Mark Bloomfield (Manager)
North Shields Store Manager

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