Sittingbourne Store

Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 8QP

01795 437143 -

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed
Friday 19th April Closed
Saturday 20th April 9am - 5pm
Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd Closed
Sittingbourne Store
Skill Centre

Skill Centre

Come on in-store courses with our experts and develop your craftsmanship - find out more

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 break in store.

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

These workshops offer you the opportunity to see machinery in use and get hands on.

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 6 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.

Axminster Skill Centre

Skill Centre

The Axminster Skill Centre offers our customers the opportunity to develop their skills within the diverse range of woodworking, engineering and associated crafts - book a course today...

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.

360° Virtual Tour

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Welcome to the Sittingbourne store virtual tour. Providing you a great opportunity to explore all that Axminster Tools & Machinery has to offer.

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Sittingbourne 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!

April 2019

Saturday 27th April
10:00am - 2:00pm

Sittingbourne Store - Sanding - In Pursuit Of The Perfect Finish

Skilful sanding remains the key to achieving an attractive and tactile finish to your project - bringing the best out of the natural features of the timber. From hand sanding to the latest power sanding machines, the technology keeps moving on, bringing improvements to abrasives, dust extraction and ergonomics. To help keep you up to date, our stores will be hosting a national sanding demonstration on Saturday 27th April. 
See you there!

May 2019

Saturday 11th May
10:00am - 3:00pm

Sittingbourne Store - Woodturning And Colour Finishes With Jason Smith

We welcome back local professional woodturner and member of the AWGB, Jason Smith for another inspirational demonstration.

"There is no other feeling like felling an unwanted tree, and using that wood to produce artwork from my mind"

Jason specialises in wood texturing and colouring which he'll be showcasing along with spiral tools, gilt creams, liming wax, spirit dyes, acrylic paints, paint application techniques and water-soluble dyes.
Woodworkers of any ability looking for advice or techniques on how to introduce variation to their own projects would benefit immensely from this demonstration.   

Saturday 18th May
10:00am - 3:00pm

Sittingbourne Store - Turned Boxes With Jason Breach

Our very own Skill Centre tutor Jason Breach will be in-store showing how to turn boxes on the lathe.

The techniques involved, from a simple turned wooden box through to more advanced shapes, will be explained and demonstrated to provide a solid foundation for you to continue the ideas on your own lathe.
The day will cover the selection of materials which are suitable for your wooden box, how best to cut and prepare these materials, different ways of mounting these on the lathe and how to get the best from a potentially expensive resource. You will also be refreshed on safe and effective use of a range of different tools, to cut and shape the workpiece into the desired form and finally how to sand and polish to a professional standard.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from an experienced and skilled tutor - for FREE!

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

Sittingbourne Store - Rider Planes Revisited

Precision components and ‘out-the-box’ performance have established Rider planes as a popular choice amongst trade and craft enthusiasts alike. Introduced in 2015, Rider’s reputation as affordable, quality hand tools continues to grow. To re-acquaint our customers with the latest range of Rider bench planes, all stores are hosting a national Rider Planes demonstration on Saturday 25th May. This is your chance to get the best advice on hand plane selection, use and maintenance - and to get hands-on yourself with practical guidance from our store experts.

September 2019

Saturday 14th September
10:00am - 4:00pm

Sittingbourne Store - Chris Fisher - The Blind Woodturner

Chris Fisher, also known as the Blind Woodturner since he lost his sight in 2008, will be in-store covering lathes, chucks, jaws and turning tools.

You will be inspired by Chris as he shares his passion for woodturning. Chris constantly challenges himself, exceeding all expectations and demonstrating how seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome through tenacity and self-belief.

Join us for a demonstration not to be missed as Chris puts his unique spin on the craft of woodturning.

From experience, we understand the need for quality tools to get the job done... Hollie Wise (Deputy Manager) & Peter Hibbin (Sales Expert)
Sittingbourne Store Manager and Deputy Mangager

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