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Sittingbourne Store

Opening hours over May Bank Holidays

Saturday 5th May Open as normal
Sunday 6th May Closed
Monday 7th May Closed
Tuesday 8th May Open as normal
Saturday 26th May Open as normal
Sunday 27th May Closed
Monday 28th May Closed
Tuesday 29th May Open as normal
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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!

Thursday 3rd May – Don’t miss Festool’s Allan Steenkamp and Daryl Herbert-Smith who will be in the store talking about the new Bluetooth range. This is a great opportunity to see Festool’s new range of products and speak to a Festool pro.

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

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 Mark Gorman for his Bushcraft Axe made from 01 Tool Steel and Elm Handle with 2mm Red Kydex Liners. We look forward to seeing what you produce with your prize of the Rider plane.

We have been told that we stock an overwhelming range of pen blanks, so to help ease your selection process we have lots of turned pens on display. We also have a lathe set up so you can “try before they buy”.

I had some great feedback from a customer who attended our Wood Finishes Course, run by Peter Hibbin. I think of our Skill Centre as a space that offers beginnings without ends. If you are wanting to learn a new skill or improve an existing one then speak to a member of staff about the range of ‘beginnings’ we offer.

I would like to thank Peter Hibbin for giving me the confidence on my recent course to complete this renovation of my mother-in-laws’ sideboard

Customer feedback
Axminster Industrial Radial Arm Saw 415V, used once for a demonstration. Now only £2,999.96 (was £3,749.96)
Axminster Industrial Radial Arm Saw 415V, used once for a demonstration. Now only £2,999.96 (was £3,749.96)
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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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