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Opening hours over May Bank Holidays

Saturday 5th May Open as normal
Sunday 6th May Open as normal
Monday 7th May 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 8th May Open as normal
Saturday 26th May Open as normal
Sunday 27th May Open as normal
Monday 28th May 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 29th May Open as normal
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Friday 27th April and every Friday in May – The accomplished Matt Estlea has been in store weekly undertaking a project of making a tool chest. This week Matt will be fitting hand cut dovetails to give a perfectly gap-free joint. He will be covering the importance of sharp chisels, how to achieve a sharp edge and giving tips on different techniques for the various finishes required. This is an ongoing project that will be demonstrated live every Friday.

Saturday 28th April – Don’t forget to come into the store this Saturday for the second of our ‘Back To Basics’ series. Please feel free to drop into this demonstration at any time between 10am – 4pm – we’ll be serving up bite-size Back to Basics info throughout the day!

Every Monday in May – Master of intricate turning, Anna-Marie Bennett, is back with us every Monday between 9am-14:30pm. Her “miniature mastery is mesmerising” said one store participant. If you are interested in making jewellery and/or woodturning in miniature don’t miss these weekly demonstrations.

Saturday 5th May – Sunday 6th May – Join us at the Makers Central at the NEC in Birmingham. ‘Uniting Creativity’ is the catchphrase and the show aims to bring together makers from lots of different disciplines. Among those demonstrating and displaying their work will be woodturners, carvers, furniture makers, metalworkers, artists, designers and inventors. Axminster will be sending some of our most highly skilled makers from the Axminster Skill Centre and various stores. Our very own Matt Estlea will be there taking centre stage in the dedicated ‘YouTube Makers Zone‘ and our stand is directly opposite this stage so pop along and see us.

Saturday 19th May – Have you got a paint/finishing project to do? Painting with a sprayer is much faster than using a brush or roller and gives a smooth finish and there is no better time to buy than now. Fuji, the innovative and trusted suppliers of HVLP paint spraying equipment, are offering a FREE spray gun with any purchase of the Fuji Spray® Q5 PLATINUM™*. But the offer doesn’t end there, in store we are offering a FREE advice on setting up (including paint thinning recommendations) and practical tips so that you can produce a professional finish every time. Come along to the store anytime between 10am and 4pm.

Claim a free extra gun worth £270
Claim a free extra gun worth £270

Saturday 26th May – In the third of our Back to Basics series, we take a closer look at hand chisels which are amongst the oldest tools in the chest yet are still considered essential to woodworking professionals and hobby enthusiasts alike. Throughout May, our experts will guide you towards crafting those classic joints including dovetails and mortices – and teach you how to sharpen your chisels with repeatable accuracy. Join us in store on the 26th for our national chisels and sharpening demonstration – anytime between 10am and 4pm. See you there!

Rider chisels in use, creating a mortice joint
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Manager’s message

We knew we would get some amazing entries for the in-store Make in March competition but we were blown away by how many talented customers we have!

Thank you to all those who entered and submitted their projects, I had a very tough job deciding on the winner but based my decision on creativity and technical excellence. Well done to Matthew Todd for his ironwork chair and table project, we look forward to seeing what you produce with your prize of the Rider plane.

We have been busy in the store making plaque bases for a local charity event in aid of animal-free research into cancer. The bases hold stainless steel plaques and will be presented to the sponsors who have helped raise £2,000 to date. I was also pleased that Axminster could help support Oakley Cricket Club with their charity raffle by donating a honed and fully prepared Rider 4 1/2 plane.

We have reduced our clearance products even more, so there’s no better time than now to come and visit the store!

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Did you know…

We’ve been supporting The Furniture Makers’ Company for many years. Axminster’s Managing Director Alan Styles has recently been made a liveryman, moving up from the position of corporate liveryman, which he became in 2013. Alongside Alan, Axminster’s Sales Director Darran McLeod was also admitted to the Furniture Makers’ Company as a corporate liveryman.

Furniture Makers' Company
Far left: Darran McLeod, second right: Alan Styles

“I feel honoured to have been made a liveryman of The Furniture Makers’ Company. The Company carries out invaluable work in education, supporting and promoting promising young furniture makers. Its other charitable work includes lending a helping hand to those in need who have worked in the furniture industry, in the form of grants, services and time. We at Axminster are pleased to be able to work with and support such a highly regarded organisation” – Alan Styles

Quote of the Month

“Don’t learn safety by accident… remember your PPE”

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