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Sittingbourne Store

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Events

Beat the boredom store events
Project Days For Budding Woodworkers

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Every Wednesday in August children* can learn how to make a fun useful item using a few simple tools and some pre-cut wooden components – all free of charge!**

*Open to children aged 8 to 17 years old but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while on store premises.

**Spaces are strictly limited, please register through Eventbrite as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and speak to your nearest store for more details.

Wednesday 1st – The first in our Beat the Boredom series will be Freestyle Pyrography and Carving. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then you get to release your creativity and have a go yourself. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and make your mark!

Wednesday 8th – =The second in our Beat the Boredom series will be Wooden Animal Puzzles. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then using the scroll saw you will create your own simple, fun puzzles. Your creations are yours to take home, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and piece together a new hobby!

Wednesday 15th – The third in our Beat the Boredom series will be Garden Planters. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then you’ll make your own simple planter for seedlings. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and sow the seed of a new hobby!

Wednesday 22nd – The fourth in our Beat the Boredom series is on Bee Homes and Insect Houses. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then using pre-cut components you’ll build your own bee and bug house. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and create a buzz in your kids and the garden this summer!

Wednesday 29th – The fifth in our Beat the Boredom series will be how to make a phone holder. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then you make your own stylish home for your smartphone. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and have a go!


The big machinery sale

The BIG Machinery Sale is here! Great savings across Axminster machines and other leading brands. Whether you’re a craftsmen or tradesmen, we have a well built, innovative machine waiting for you. Come and have a FREE coffee on us, view all the machines on sale and have all your questions answered by one of our friendly, store experts.

Put your trust in Axminster with our FREE three year guarantee on Axminster machines plus buy now pay later with our flexible and affordable payment options. Hurry while stocks last!


Other Events

Friday 10th – Saturday 11th – Join us in store as we welcome Andrew Hall aka the “Hat Man” who will be demonstrating between 10am-4pm on both days. This will be the perfect opportunity to see a long-standing professional woodturner in action and find out how he creates his fantastic pieces including his famous wooden hats.

Saturday 18th – We welcome you into the store to sharpen up your skills (and tools). Our in-store expert Hollie will be demonstrating techniques that will enable you to achieve excellent repeatable results when sharpening your tools with the Tormek sharpening system. Come along to store between 10am-4pm with your own tools and Hollie will show you how to achieve a sharp edge.

Friday 24th – Saturday 25th – A few good machines immediately increase the capacity and creative potential of your workshop. Our NEW Axminster Trade machines now have additional specifications and features that allow for even greater performance and convenience. Come along to store and take a closer look at our national Axminster Trade machine demonstrations on Friday 24th from 2pm to closing time and Saturday 25th from 10am-4pm.


Manager’s message

We have an excellent range of wood planks in-store which are ideal for making a coffee table. I will be happy to give you practical guidance on how to make your own!

Coffee table
Make your own coffee table – we promise your cuppa never tasted so good

There are only a couple of spaces left on our Turning A Hat masterclass with the renowned professional Andrew Hall. A maximum of five students will be attentively guided through what techniques and tools are needed to create your own wooden hat. The Sittingbourne Skill Centre has not hosted this type of course before so don’t miss this one-off opportunity!

Fine tuning hand tools
Team member Simon completed his training on fine tuning hand tools – come and test his knowledge on how you can get the most from your bench planes – old or new

Creative Corner

If you ask a child what they want to be it’s likely their future dream will be based on something they love now – even if that does happen to be an ice cream sundae! The sports, activities or things we were naturally good at as a child will have influenced what career path we followed or what hobbies we enjoy now. For most of us, our passion for working with wood started in our childhood and we are likely to hold fond memories of that special person that introduced us to it. This summer why not share a legacy with your (grand)child, either in your workshop or in-store at one of our free children’s project days (see listings above). I for one am particularly glad my grandfather took the time to introduce me to whittling as there’s not much longevity in being an ice cream!

Watch our video to see how to make these fun flowers with Colwin Way signature skew chisels by Crown Cryo

New in store!

August is not all about inspiring the kids, we’ve got something for you too – we’ll be introducing the power and precision of our NEW Axminster Trade rated machines. Come to store and experience the quality of these new additions (see demonstration details above).

Axminster Trade machinery
See the new Axminster Trade machines in action
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Did you know… we’re investing in British manufacturing

Axminster’s manufacturing workshop has recently taken delivery of a new quarter of a million pound CNC machine from Star Micronics. The new lathe is the second Star machine Axminster has purchased to enhance its innovation and manufacturing capability.

Specialising in high precision small round components, the Star lathe works at a very high speed, producing hundreds of items each day that require no further finishing. With the Star machine the process of making Parf Super dogs, parts for woodturning centres, spacers, pins and guides for the Parf guide system and pen turning mandrels will be much, much quicker. Also, high-speed production reduces the cost. What’s more, Axminster engineers can programme the machine to select the correct cutter depending on what it is making, and it can cut a superior type of stainless steel. All of these factors have a knock-on benefit to the customer and end user in terms of quality and cost.

This is a quarter of a million pound machine we are adding to the machine shop, expanding our manufacturing capacity as we believe in manufacturing in Britain. Being a world-class manufacturer in today’s competitive world really does require huge investment, this being the second Star machine we have purchased in 18 months.

Ian Styles (Production Development Director)
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