The competition has now closed

Design and WIN your own Axminster Workshop Bandsaw

Get set for our #WinAWorkshopBandsaw competition! Your chance to WIN an Axminster Workshop AW1400B Bandsaw with your personalised design on it!

Showcase your creativity and be in with a chance of winning the largest bandsaw in our Axminster Workshop range, complete with your very own design on the front. All you need to do is draw your design on our downloadable template, snap a picture of it and share it on either of our social media channels!

At the end of the competition, all the entries will be judged and one lucky winner will receive an Axminster Workshop AW1400B Bandsaw (worth over £250!), wrapped in their personalised design!


How to enter

Draw

Release your creativity and design the front of your bandsaw.

Download template

Snap

Take a photo of your design.

bandsaw-design

Share

Upload your photo to either InstagramFacebook or Twitter using the #WinAWorkshopBandsaw.


Don’t forget to follow and tag @axminstertools for Instagram and Twitter and @axminstertoolcentre for Facebook! Terms and conditions apply.

WIN

One lucky winner will be selected by our judge Sean Evelegh and will be sent an Axminster Workshop AW1400B Bandsaw wrapped in their own personalised design! Worth over £250, this cracking little machine would be a great addition to any home workshop.


Meet our judge!

We’re excited to have YouTuber, award winning furniture designer and fine woodworker, Sean Evelegh as our judge for the #WinAWorkshopBandsaw competition!

Sean shares his woodworking knowledge on his YouTube channel with over 32k subscribers.

After the closing date of the competition, Sean will be picking one lucky winner to have a brand new Axminster Workshop AW1400B Bandsaw wrapped in their very own design. Enter now for a chance to win!

sean-evelegh

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used. Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification
  • This competition is open to UK residents only
  • Axminster Tools employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to deliver the prize within 14 days
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook or Instagram
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location and photo featured in future Axminster Tools promotional material
  • One winner will be selected by our judge from the list of entries and contacted through direct message on whatever channel they have entered on
  • The winning design will be wrapped onto the Axminster Workshop AW1400B Bandsaw and will include an Axminster Tools logo, which will be incorporated into the design
  • All entries must be original artwork. Please note that entries which may infringe or be based on copyrighted designs, logos or entities will be disqualified
  • The #WinABandsawCompetition ends on 23.59 on Monday 16th May 2022

Get connected!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest from Axminster Tools. Connect with us using #WinAWorkshopBandsaw to @AxminsterTools.

Design and WIN your own Axminster Workshop Bandsaw Get set for our #WinAWorkshopBandsaw competition! Your chance to WIN an Axminster Workshop AW1400B Bandsaw with your personalised design on it! Showcase your creativity and be in with a chance of winning the largest bandsaw in our Axminster Workshop range, complete with your very own design on the front. All you need…

It has been another great year for this year’s Make it in March Competition with so many incredible entries. Thank you to everybody who entered; we have been so impressed with the amount of talent showcased amongst our customers.

The competition has now closed and our winner has been chosen...

And the winner is...

A huge congratulations to Alex Breeze who has won the ultimate tool bundle! Both our judges, Hattie and Helen, were blown away by Alex's entry of the two bedside tables.

Here's what our judges had to say about your project...

It's an elegant piece of work, which clearly had a lot of thought put into the design. I particularly like the use of different woods used. Plus, to do it twice - just brilliant!

Helen Bailey - Expert woodturner and in-house resident at our Axminster Tools North Shields store

These both show excellent craft skills and knowledge of construction. The overall effect is lovely to look at, and again, making two the same shows real attention to detail!

Hattie Speed - Award winning Designer-Maker, Educator and Founder of This Girl Makes

The runners-up!

Congratulations to our three runners-up, Alastair Minus for his beautiful dressing table/writing desk made from American black walnut, Steve Iwasyk for his fun and charismatic colouring pencil gate and finally to Euan Mackay for his incredible hallway seat/storage unit!


The competition is now closed but you can see the other entries here…


Meet our judges!

Hattie Speed

Hattie Speed is an award winning Designer-Maker and Educator. Originally from the North East, she graduated from Oxford's Rycotewood Furniture Centre in 2018 with a first-class degree in Furniture Design and Make, where she also founded her project  This Girl Makes. Since graduating, Hattie has worked as a Design Engineer for Ercol Furniture and as an Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor for the NHS, enabling patients' neuro-rehabilitation through woodwork projects. She is currently completing a teaching qualification with Oxford Brookes University and continues This Girl Makes, hosting practical workshops that promote diversity within craft.

this-girl-makes.com

@thisgirlmakes

Helen Bailey

Woodturner and creator, Helen Bailey, has received many accolades in her short time woodturning. Her work has been featured in the American Association of Woodturners Magazine; one of her pieces was selected for a prestigious UK touring exhibit and she’s a regular contributor to the World of Woodturners website. The intricate beauty of Helen’s work has catapulted her into the limelight and her pieces are highly regarded by individuals and collectors from all over the world. When she's not turning, you can find Helen working in the Axminster Tools Newcastle store - why not pop in and see her and the rest of the team!


Makers... it’s time to reach for your tools and start creating because Make It In March is back! This year, we have teamed up with some well known brands, as well as adding in some of our own fantastic ranges,  to put together the BIGGEST tool bundle yet, worth over £2500!

All you need to do is make a woodworking project within the month of March and share your creation on one of our channels. Then, at the end of the month, our esteemed judges will select one well-earned winner. Since starting our Make It In March competition back in 2018, the competition has grown and grown and we have witnessed some incredible, captivating, and truly genius masterpieces. This year, whether they be small or big, we want to see your creations!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply make a woodworking project in the month of March 2022 and follow the entry procedure below.

How to enter

Show us what projects you have completed this March by uploading your photo to Instagram, Facebook or on to our Community Forum.

Snap It

Simply take a photo of your project.

Tag It

Use the #MakeItInMarch22 hashtag, tag @axminstertools, and upload it to one of the following;

Win It

Win the biggest tool bundle worth more than £2500!

The Make It In March Competition is limited to one entry per user. The competition closes at midnight on 01/04/2022.

Picking the winners

The winner and two runners up will be picked by our team of judges after the competition has closed. The winner and runners up will be informed by way of direct message and will be announced on one of our live Woodworking Wisdom streams and published on our Knowledge website and social media.

Upon confirmation of the winning entrant, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within seven days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.


Need inspiration?

Why not take a look at some of the incredible entries we had for our 2021 Make It In March competition; including last year's winner!


Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social media accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • By entering this competition, you represent and warrant that you own the content you are submitting and there are no other entities with ownership claims over it;
  • Axminster Tools employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to deliver the prize within a 14 days;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location, photo and entry featured in the promotion of this competition and any future Axminster Tools promotional material;
  • There is no purchase necessary to enter, but standard broadband rates apply.

Make It In March is back! Make a woodworking project this March for your chance to win our BIGGEST tool bundle yet!

Thank you to everybody who entered. Sadly, the competition has now closed, which means we have chosen our winning entries.


And the winner is...

Congratulations to The Reverend Matt Malins from Leek, who was chosen by our Skill Centre team as 2021’s Make it in March competition winner with his solid Bubinga stave drum kit, including 20" 14" and 10" shells.

Matt Mallins - Make It In March 2021 Winner
Competition Winner Matt Malins

Matt wins our top prize, a tool bundle worth more than £1,500.

Here’s what our judges had to say:

Matt has done a great job of bringing lots of components together to make this amazing drum kit. The use of materials and his accuracy has produced an incredible finished project. What an achievement!


The runners up

Congratulations also go to Michael Terry who produced a range of wooden woodland creatures and Alex Reynolds for his Beech Lancaster Bomber, who were both chosen as our runners up. Each will each receive a £75 Axminster Tools gift card.

The judges said:

We love the care and attention to detail that has been put into the Lancaster Bomber. All the small components show real skill. It just invites you to pick up and play with it. And lots of techniques are on display with the woodland creatures. Turning, scroll saw and airbrushing have brought these woodland creatures to life.

Congratulations to all three winners.


This competition has now closed

Make March the month for making your mark and share with us your projects to be in with a chance of winning a top tool bundle from Axminster Tools, worth more than £1,500!

Whether it’s modelmaking, woodturning or furniture making, we want to see what you are making this March.

Launched more than three years ago, our Make it in March competition has grown in popularity and encourages woodworkers to get in their workshops and produce a range of top quality projects to share with us.

And not only do we have a top prize tool bundle to giveaway, but two runners up will also receive a £75 Gift Card each, to spend at Axminster Tools. 

As well as teaming up with some fantastic suppliers for our top prize bundle, we have also thrown in some of our well-known brands, including Axminster Trade and Rider

To be in with a chance of winning, simply make a woodworking project in the month of March 2021 and follow the entry procedure below.

Make It In March Prize Bundle
Make It In March Prize Bundle

How to enter

Show us what projects you have completed this March by uploading your photo to Instagram, Facebook or on to our Community Forum.

Snap It

Simply take a photo of your project.

Tag It

Use the #MakeItInMarch21 hashtag, tag @axminstertools and upload it to one of the following;

Win It

Win the ultimate tool bundle worth more than £1,500 or one of two £75 Axminster Tools Gift Cards.

The Make It In March competition is limited to one entry per user. The competition closes at midnight on 01/04/2021. 


Meet the judges

This year our fabulous Skill Centre team have the difficult task of judging entries.

Colwin Way

Colwin has been a woodturning tutor with Axminster Tools since 1998 and a professional turner for more than 30 years.Colwin Way


Jason Breach

Jason was introduced to woodturning at the age of 12. He went on to pursue his interest in woodwork, and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Furniture Design and Management. 

Jason Breach

Ben Beddows

Ben’s eye for all things creative is second to none and he’s never happier than when he’s demonstrating and encouraging people to unlock their creative side. His previous role as Workshop Technician means he has a vast knowledge of all things woodwork.

Ben Beddows

Craig Steele

Woodworking Tutor and our Head of Staff Training, Craig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry. Craig works closely with the Axminster Tools development team in helping with new product design and testing.Craig Steele


Picking the winners

The winner and two runners up will be picked by our team of judges after the competition has closed. The winner and runners up will be informed by way of direct message and will be announced on one of our live Woodworking Wisdom streams and published on our Knowledge website and social media.

Upon confirmation of the winning entrant, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within seven days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social media accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • By entering this competition, you represent and warrant that you own the content you are submitting and there are no other entities with ownership claims over it;
  • Axminster Tools employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to deliver the prize within a week;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location, photo and entry featured in the promotion of this competition and any future Axminster Tools promotional material;
  • There is no purchase necessary to enter, but standard broadband rates apply.

Thank you to everybody who entered. Sadly, the competition has now closed, which means we have chosen our winning entries. And the winner is… Congratulations to The Reverend Matt Malins from Leek, who was chosen by our Skill Centre team as 2021’s Make it in March competition winner with his solid Bubinga stave drum kit, including 20″ 14″ and 10″…

Axcaliber Router Cutter Set Giveaway!

Everything you need to know

How to Enter

  • Like the Instagram post
  • Tag a friend in the comments
  • Follow us @axminstertools

There is no purchase necessary to enter and is limited to one entry per person. The competition closes at 23.59 on 09/09/20.

The Prize

The winner can choose from either of the sets below:

Win an Axcaliber router cutter set

Picking the Winner

All entries will be given a unique number and the winner will be picked by means of random number generator. The winner will contacted by direct message. If the winner does not claim their prize within 48 hours of being contacted, we reserve the right to pick a new winner. The winner be announced on 10/09/20.

Terms & Conditions

  • All entrants must be over 18 years old
  • This competition is open to UK residents only
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used
  • Entries that are discovered to be from the same person will result in removal and disqualification
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to dispatch the prize within a week
  • This promotion is not connected to Instagram, nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Instagram
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize
  • One winner will be selected at random for the prize.
  • The winner will get to choose from either a 1/4" or 1/2" Axcaliber 12 Piece Long Shank Cutter Set, as detailed on the Instagram post
  • This Instagram only competition ends on 23.59 09/09/20
  • By entering this competition, you agree to having your name, location and photo featured on future Axminster Tools promotional material

Our Details

If you would like to contact us regarding this competition you can do so by writing to Axminster Tool Centre Ltd, Unit 10 Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon EX13 5PH, or alternatively by emailing us at socialmedia@axminster.co.uk.


Discover more...

We've got lots of articles to you to check out; have a browse and see what catches your eye. From our ever popular Skill Centre At Home series, to our Beat The Boredom series, Meet The Maker highlights and much more, The Knowledge is full of interesting, fun and helpful pieces for you to enjoy!


Get connected!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest from Axminster Tools.

It’s competition time! This September, for a chance of winning an Axcaliber 12 Piece Long Shank Cutter Set, simply follow us @axminstertools via our Instagram page, like the competition post and tag a friend to enter. Read our full terms and conditions and GOOD LUCK!

The Craft It Your Way Competition is now closed! Thank you to everyone who entered. Both Matt and we at Axminster have thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the incredible entries we have received. But, there can only be one winner...

Congratulations Lottie Lucy for your Octopus entry!

Winner
Here's what Matt had to say about your entry:
"As much as I have a massive phobia of the things, the colours used are beautiful, I love the way the design elegantly flows across both doors."

We can't wait to see your design on an Axminster Craft Bandsaw!

Alongside our Winner, Matt also wanted to make a special mention to Lee Holcombes with your Wood Beetle Rehabilitation entry: "He's clearly put a ton of effort, thought and detail into it. I love the way the design marries the top and bottom panel together."

Mention 01

Also to Rowan Conan with the Sewing Machine Design: "Not sure if it was intentional or not, but I'm getting a strong Dr Seuss vibe from it. Again, I think it's a genius and unconventional way of marrying the top and bottom door panels together. Just remember not to push any fabric through it!"

Mention 02

Design and WIN your own Axminster Craft bandsaw

Get set for our Craft It Your Way Competition! Your chance to WIN an Axminster Craft AC2606B Bandsaw with your personalised design on it!

Showcase your creativity and be in with a chance of winning the largest bandsaw in our Axminster Craft range, complete with your very own design on the front. All you need to do is draw your design on our downloadable template, snap a picture of it and share it on either of our social media channels!

At the end of the competition, all the entries will be judged and one lucky winner will receive an Axminster Craft Bandsaw (worth over £600!), wrapped in their personalised design!


How to enter

Click here to download your template
Sketch it Snap it Send it
Draw
Release your creativity and design the front of your bandsaw.
Snap
Take a photo of your design.
Share
Upload your photo to either Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #CraftItYourWay.Or use the Share Now button below.

Don’t forget to follow and tag @axminstertools for Instagram and Twitter and @axminstertoolcentre for Facebook! Terms and conditions apply.

WIN

One lucky winner will be selected by our judge Matt Estlea and will be sent an Axminster Craft AC2606B Bandsaw wrapped in their own personalised design!


Meet our judge!

We're excited to have Woodworker, Tutor, and Online Content Creator, Matt Estlea, as our judge for the Craft It Your Way Competition! With a background as a Retail Adviser for Axminster Tools and with five years experience at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, a furniture school based in Oxford, Matt now spends his time teaching at Rycotewood. Alongside this Matt combines his passions for both woodworking and videography, sharing his knowledge on his YouTube channel with over 175k subscribers.

Matt Estlea

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used. Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification
  • This competition is open to UK residents only
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to deliver the prize within 14 days
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook or Instagram
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location and photo featured in future Axminster Tools & Machinery promotional material
  • One Winner will be selected by our judge from the list of entries and contacted through direct message on whatever channel they have entered on
  • The winning design will be wrapped onto the Axminster Craft AC2606B Bandsaw and will include an Axminster logo, which will be incorporated into the design
  • All entries must be original artwork. Please note that entries which may infringe or be based on copyrighted designs, logos or entities will be disqualified
  • #CraftItYourWay competition ends on 23.59 17th August 2020.

Win an Axminster Craft Bandsaw with your personalised design on it in our Craft It Your Way Competition! Simply send us a drawing of your design.

And the Winners are...

This year's Make It In March Competition has now ended! Thank you to everyone who entered. We have received a huge number of entries which showcased the pure talent within our customers. But, I'm afraid to say there can only be one (or in this case three) winners!

Congratulations Nic Marshall for coming first and winning the ultimate tool bundle!

Here's what our judges had to say about your project...

Cool design, designed for a practical purpose, nice choice of contrasting materials, crisp and well made.

Mark Woodhead - Halstock Cabinet Makers

If he is new to woodwork then I am impressed, as there seem to be some challenging things for him to master.

Richard Lee - Plankbridge Shepherd's Huts

Also, congratulations to our two runners up Jane Carpenter and Scott Hamilton!


The competition is now closed but you can see the other entries here...

Our Make It In March competition is back!

Your chance to win the ultimate tool bundle worth over £1000 is here once again! Since it's inception two years ago, our Make It In March competition has been encouraging makers across the UK to get making; and since each year's been a huge success we’re bringing it back for round three! This year not only are we giving away our grand prize, but two runners up will also receive a £75 Gift Card each to spend at Axminster Tools.

For our 2020 competition, as well as teaming up with some fantastic suppliers again, we've thrown some of our well known brands including Axminster Craft and Rider into our top prize to give you the chance of winning the ultimate tool bundle.

Simply make a woodworking project in the month of March 2020 and follow the entry procedure below for your chance to win!


Meet the judges

This year we're delighted to welcome our team of judges; two industry experts with a wealth of knowledge between them. Richard Lee and Mark Woodhead will be looking for interesting and well made projects to select a winner and two runners up.

Richard Lee Plankbridge

Richard Lee

Master Hutmaker and founder of Plankbridge Shepherd’s Huts. Richard trained at John Makepeace’s Hooke Park College. From building his first hut many years ago the business has grown to examples being purchased by the award winning Pig hotel group, exhibit regularly at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and featured in Homes & Gardens Magazine and more. Plankbridge now creates classic, elegant living spaces, often self-contained with bathrooms and kitchens. Their huts are shipped all over the world – New York, Portugal, France, Switzerland and beyond.
Find out more


Mark Woodhead

Mark Woodhead

Production Manager for Halstock Cabinet Makers, Mark is among the team at Halstock who design, manufacture and install luxury bespoke interiors. Renowned for both their luxury bespoke interiors and their years of experience and craftsmanship. Halstock caters for the most bespoke projects whilst retaining the elegance, intricacy and beauty that make them the masters of their craft.
Find out more


How to enter

Show us what projects you’ve completed this March by uploading it to Instagram, Facebook or on to our Community Forum.
#MakeItInMarch20

Snap It

Take a photo of your project.

Tag It

Use the #MakeItInMarch20 hashtag and upload it to one of the following;

Win It

Win the ultimate tool bundle worth over £1000 or one of two £75 Axminster Gift Cards.
The Make It In March competition is limited to one entry per user. The competition closes at midnight on 06/04/2020.
Make It In March 2020 Prizes


Picking the winners

The winner and two runners up will be picked by our two judges, Mark Woodhead and Richard Lee, who will be looking for an interesting and well made project. The winning entry and runners up will be selected after the competition has closed. The winner and runners up will be informed by way of direct message and will be published on our Knowledge website. Upon confirmation of the winning entrant, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within 7 days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to deliver the prize within a week;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location and photo featured in future Axminster Tools & Machinery promotional material.
  • There is no purchase necessary to enter but standard broadband rates apply.

Win the ultimate tool bundle worth over £1000 in our Make It In March Competition. Simply show us what you’re making to be in with a chance of winning!



Rachel was originally working within communications, and only had experience within woodworking from making some pieces for her own flat. It was this that sparked Rachel into taking a leap of faith, following her passion and re-training as a Fine Woodworker.


It was during her time of study in East London that Rachel first came across Tormek. “We spent the first term of the two-year course learning how to use and maintain our hand tools to a high standard. This, of course, required good sharpening skills. To achieve this, the college provided Tormek kits for the students to learn and practice on”.  Rachel strongly believes that sharp tools are essential to the creation of beautifully cut joinery, allowing you to produce crisp and accurate cuts, saving time and improving quality of work.


'JOVE' - The winning piece

“JOVE”, Rachel's winning piece is inspired by Scandinavian design and small space living. “The simplicity and functionality of Scandinavian designs always catches my eye. I particularly like the warm natural tones that come with the designs from that area”. The entry table showcases a transition between our homes and the world outside.

The material has always been an important factor for Rachel when it comes to her making. 

“I never fully appreciated the importance of working with and surrounding myself by natural things, until I started working with wood. The entire process of picking the timber and designing a piece based around the characteristics of that wood is a wonderful thing”. 

Therefore, the choices that Rachel made for the material of her winning piece were vital. The lower shelves provide storage for shoes and have been delicately encased in woven strips of American maple. 


The maple is both decorative and functional, protecting the walls from contact with the shoes and also hiding them from view. Twisted hand-cut mortise and tenon joints connect the shelves to the tall legs. The resulting angle of which produces the tapered profile. On top, at a height of 1.2m, sits an intricately carved out dish to house keys and coins. 

The timber that Rachel used to create “JOVE” was American red oak and American maple. Both of which were provided by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) with whom she collaborated on this project. 

Having never worked with red oak before, Rachel was pleasantly surprised by how similar it was to European oak, but with added tones of red and orange running through it. Making it the perfect fit for her Scandinavian inspired piece. 


What's next for Rachel?

Rachel will now continue her furniture making journey in North Wales as a Cabinet Maker for Silverlining Furniture. “In the immediate future, I aim to continue developing my making skills under the guidance of the expert makers there and then ultimately I hope to one day design and make my own pieces. My priorities will include working with solid timber and making pieces that will out-live their owners”. 


We can’t wait to see more of Rachel’s projects and wish her every success for the future! 

Find out more about previous Tormek scholarship winners and how to get involved.

Rachel was originally working within communications, and only had experience within woodworking from making some pieces for her own flat. It was this that sparked Rachel into taking a leap of faith, following her passion and re-training as a Fine Woodworker. It was during her time of study in East London that Rachel first came across Tormek. “We spent the…

And the winner is...

Our Make it in March 2019 competition has now closed. We’ve had so many interesting projects sent in over the month and the standard has again been incredibly high. You really are a talented bunch! But, there can be only one winner..! 

Congratulations Jack Hastings!

Our team of judges thought your bedside cabinets were beautifully made using a range of woodworking techniques.

Make it in March winner
Jack Hastings wins the ultimate tool bundle worth over £650

Competition now closed

Make it in March competition

Last year’s inaugural Make it in March competition was a huge success with some incredible entries and we’re hoping for more of the same in the 2019 competition!  We've teamed up with some of our fantastic suppliers to create the ultimate tool bundle for the winner. Simply make a woodworking project in the month of March for your chance to win.

Need some inspiration?

See last years winners here and visit our How To section for project ideas

How to enter

Show us a project you've completed this March by uploading it to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or on to our Community Forum.

Snap It

Take a photo of your project.

Tag It

Use the #MakeItInMarch19 hashtag and upload it to one of the following;

Win It

We've teamed up with our suppliers to create the ultimate tool bundle for the winner worth over £650.

Win the ultimate tool bundle worth over £650

There is no purchase necessary to enter but standard broadband rates apply. The competition is limited to one entry per user. The competition closes at midnight on 07/04/19.


Picking the Winner

The winner will be picked by a team of judges who will be looking for an interesting and well made project. The winning entry will be selected after the competition has closed. The winner will be informed by way of direct message. The winner will be published on our Knowledge website. Upon confirmation of the winning entrant, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within 7 days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to deliver the prize within a week;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location and photo featured in future Axminster Tools & Machinery promotional material.

Our Details

If you would like to contact us regarding the competition you can do so by writing to Axminster Tools and Machinery Limited, Unit 10 Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon EX13 5PH, United Kingdom or alternatively emailing us at socialmedia@axminster.co.uk.

Win the ultimate tool hamper in our Make it in March competition. Simply upload a picture of a woodworking project or job that you’ve done this March for your chance of winning the ultimate tool hamper.

Axminster Precision Competition

It's your chance to WIN the Axminster Precision Cast Iron Combination Square Set worth £64.96 in our competition. 

We love the Axminster Precision Stainless Steel Self Adhesive Tape, you can stick it to a bench top, cutting bench, drawing board, countertop, racking and a host of other places, giving you a ready-to-use accurate measuring tool. We think you'll love it too, so why not take a photo of how you're using yours for your chance to win the Axminster Precision Cast Iron Combination Square Set worth £64.96.


How to enter

Upload a photo to either one of the following;

  • Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #AxminsterPrecision and the tag @axminstertools
  • The Facebook app or from a user's desktop or mobile device using the tag @axminstertoolcentre
  • The Community Forum under the Axminster Precision Competition 2018 post and use the #AxminsterPrecision hashtag

Standard broadband rates apply. The competition is limited to one entry per user. The competition closes at Midnight on 15/12/18.

The Prize

We want everyone to gain the advantage of truly accurate measuring of our Axminster Precision range. So, the winner will receive an Axminster Precision Cast Iron Combination Square Set worth £64.96. It's the perfect tool for any woodworker - great for setting out and general marking.


Picking the Winner

The winner will be picked by a team of judges who will be looking for an interesting use of the Axminster Precision Stainless Steel Self Adhesive 1m Tape. The winning entries will be selected after the competition has closed. The winner will be informed by way of a direct message. The winner will be published on our Knowledge website. Upon confirmation of the winning entrants, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within 7 days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner and runner up if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.


Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner, we will aim to deliver the prizes within a week;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location and photo featured in future Axminster Tools & Machinery promotional material.

Our Details

If you would like to contact us regarding the competition you can do so by writing to Axminster Tools and Machinery Limited, Unit 10 Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon EX13 5PH, United Kingdom or alternatively email us at socialmedia@axminster.co.uk.

Win the Axminster Precision Cast Combination Square Set! Simply upload a picture of your Axminster Precision Self Adhesive Tape in action!

And the winner is...

Our September Project Clamping Competition has been hugely popular and a big thank you to all who have entered. The standard of entries has been incredibly high with some fantastic makers out there making lots of wonderful things with our clamps. But, there can only be one winner!

Martyn Booth - winning entry featuring Axminster F Clamps
Winning entry by Martyn Booth. "F Clamps... my go to clamps for my segmented turning. Here I am using them to glue up a feature ring for my segmented bowl currently in production!"

Competition now closed.

It’s time to show us what you’ve been clamping!

This September we are celebrating Clamping Season and giving you a chance to win four Axminster Trade Clamps worth £90 in our Project Clamp Competition! When it comes to clamps, we like to think we’ve seen it all but we know that’s just not true! Show us what interesting, large or small projects you’ve been clamping onto for your chance to win some quality Axminster Trade Clamps. Good luck!


How to enter...

Upload a photo to either one of the following;

  • Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #AxminsterTradeClamps and the tag @axminstertools 
  • The Facebook app or from a user’s desktop or mobile device using the tag @axminstertoolcentre
  • The Community Forum under the Clamping Season Competition 2018 post and use the #AxminsterTradeClamps hashtag

There is no purchase necessary to enter but Standard broadband rates apply. The competition is limited to one entry per user and closes at Midnight on 30/09/18.

The Prize

We want everyone to feel how good Axminster Trade Clamps are. So, the winner will receive 2 x Axminster Trade Clamps Parallel Jaw Clamp (300 x 80mm) and 2 x Axminster Trade Clamps Alloy Bar Clamp/Spreader (300mm) worth £90!


Picking the Winner

The winner will be picked by a team of judges who will be looking for an interesting well-made project with Axminster Trade Clamps in use. The winning entry will be selected after the competition has closed. The winner will be informed by way of direct message. The winner will be published on our Knowledge website. Upon confirmation of the winning entrant, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within 7 days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner and runner up if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner and runner up, we will aim to deliver the prizes within a week;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location and photo featured in future Axminster Tools & Machinery promotional material.

Our Details

If you would like to contact us regarding the clamp competition you can do so by writing to Axminster Tools and Machinery, Unit 10 Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon EX13 5PH or alternatively email us at socialmedia@axminster.co.uk.

Win a selection of Axminster Trade Clamps worth £90 in our Axminster Clamp Competition! Simply upload a picture of your clamps in action for a chance to win.


The Competition

Here at Axminster we love to see people using the tools they love for projects large and small. It's always great to see what our customers have been up to, sharing their projects with us be it at home, in the workshop or garage. At the beginning of February, when Valentine's Day was just around the corner in the not so distant future, we announced a Valentine's competition and asked you to get involved.

We asked you to upload a picture of a project or job that you’re proud of to one of our social media platforms.  Whether you’d built your own garden shed, created something beautiful for your home or garden or got hands on in your workshop, we wanted to see what you’ve been up to. You could have used power tools, hand tools, machinery, or a combination of them all. It didn't matter what tools you used as long as they helped with your project, and you love them!

For those uploading to Twitter or Instagram we asked that you used the hashtag #AxminsterValentine and the tag @axminstertools. Contestants who uploaded a photo via the Facebook app or from a user’s desktop or mobile device were asked to use the tag @axminstertoolcentre. It was also possible to upload a photograph via The Community Forum under the Valentine’s Competition 2018 post using the #AxminsterValentine hashtag.

All entries were reviewed by a team of judges including our Skill Centre tutors who looked for an interesting project where you’ve used the tools you love. To say we have been impressed with the variety of projects and level of skill involved would be an understatement. With over 30 entrants, we've been overwhelmed with the response. But, with so many things in life, there can only be one overall winner (and one runner up in this instance!)


Some of our favourites

Before we announce the lucky winners, we thought we would take a look at a selection of our favourites entries. Each scored extremely highly and came so close to scooping the Gift Card prizes.


The winner is...

Wooditorknot, for their two linked hearts carved from a piece of Sapele. Using precious inherited old hand tools and new ones, this piece is unique and very fitting for Valentine's. It also shows a number of skills, and was very popular amongst our panel of judges. We would like to congratulate Wooditorknot on their efforts, this really is a beautiful woodworking piece. A £75 Axminster Gift Card is on its way to you.

The runner up is...

Martin Beevers who wins a £25 Axminster Gift Card. Our panel of judges all agree that you’ve done a wonderful job here – you should be very proud of your achievements.


Moving forwards...

From everyone here at Axminster we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in this competition. As always, be sure to share your recent projects and creations on any of our social media platforms or via our Community Forum website. Don't forget to use the @axminstertools tag on any post so we can see your wonderful projects in all of their glory!

Enter our Make It In March Competition for a chance to win the ultimate tool bundle!

At the beginning of February, when Valentine’s Day was just around the corner in the not so distant future, we announced a Valentine’s competition and asked you to get involved. We asked you to upload a picture of a project or job that you’re proud of to one of our social media platforms. See our winner and runner up..

Our Make it in March competition has had over 300 entries and we’ve finally whittled them down to our two winners. The standard of entries to the competition has been incredibly high and there are some fantastic makers out there. But, there can only be two winners and here they are!

Over 16 winner

Lataxe Ludd

This is a bedding or washing chest in oak, made in the Cotswold Arts & Crafts style. It lives at the bottom of a Cotswold-style A&C queen-size bed also of oak. It’s frame & panel construction with a few typical Cotswold motifs such as half-cogged dovetails and pinned through tenons. The lid and the floor are slatted to allow the cloth things in it to “breathe”. The bottom slats also include cedar to see-off the moths.

Lataxe Ludd, over 16 winner

16 and under winner

Jonas Ganderton

Designed and made this in March for my GCSE project. Brief: a child’s toy box. Features marine theme, rope handles, coloured blocks/numbers, fun wheels & safety stay. Great fun, learnt lots incl. how to biscuit joint, resin pot pencils + turn on lathe & CAD/CAM.

Jonas Ganderton

Competition now closed

We know it's been a bit cold, but what better way to keep warm than getting creative in the workshop for our Make it in March competition. We've teamed up with our friends at BOSCH to create the ultimate tool bundle for the winner. Simply upload a picture of a woodworking project or job that you've done this March for your chance of winning the ultimate tool bundle worth over £600.

Make it in March competition

We have two competitions, one for ages 16 and under and one for over 16's.

Entries can be submitted by uploading a photo to either Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MakeitinMarch and the tag @axminstertools or, if you are 16 and under, use the hashtag #MakeitinMarch16U. Alternatively, contestants can upload a photo via the Facebook app or from a user's desktop or mobile device using the tag @axminstertoolcentre and stating if you are 16 and under. If you prefer, upload a photograph via The Community Forum under the Make it in March Competition 2018 post and use either the #MakeitinMarch or #MakeitinMarch16U hashtag.

  • There is no purchase necessary to enter but Standard broadband rates apply.
  • The competition is limited to one entry per user.
  • The competition closes at Midnight on 07/04/18.

Prize

We've teamed up with our friends at Bosch to create the ultimate tool bundle for the winners worth over £600.

Picking the Winner

The two winners will be picked by a team of judges who will be looking for an interesting well-made project. The winning entries will be selected after the competition has closed. Both the winner and runner up will be informed by way of direct message. All winners will be published on our Knowledge website. Upon confirmation of the winning entrants, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within 7 days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner and runner up if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants under 18 will need parental or guardian permission to enter;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner and runner up, we will aim to deliver the prizes within a week;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to have your name, location and photo featured in future Axminster Tools & Machinery promotional material.

Our Details

If you would like to contact us regarding the competition you can do so by writing to Axminster Tools and Machinery Limited, Unit 10 Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon EX13 5PH, United Kingdom or alternatively emailing us at socialmedia@axminster.co.uk.

Visit our How To section for inspiration.

Win the ultimate tool hamper in our Make it in March competition. Simply upload a picture of a woodworking project or job that you’ve done this March for your chance of winning the ultimate tool hamper worth over £600!

Say it with tools Competition


How to Enter

Upload a picture of a project or job that you’re proud of. Whether you’ve built your own garden shed, created something beautiful for your home or garden or got hands on in your workshop, we want to see what you’ve been up to. Maybe you used power tools, hand tools, machinery, or a combination of them all. It doesn't matter what tools you've used as long as they've helped with your project, and you love them!

Entries can be submitted by uploading a photo to either Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #AxminsterValentine and the tag @axminstertools. Alternatively, contestants can upload a photo via the Facebook app or from a user's desktop or mobile device using the tag @axminstertoolcentre. If you prefer, upload a photograph via The Community Forum under the Valentine’s Competition 2018 post and use the #AxminsterValentine hashtag.

  • There is no purchase necessary to enter but Standard broadband rates apply.
  • The competition is limited to one entry per user.
  • The competition closes at Midnight on 17/02/18.

Prize

The winner will receive a £75 gift card from Axminster Tools and Machinery.
The runner-up will receive a £25 gift card from Axminster Tools and Machinery.

Picking the Winner

The winner and runner up entrant will be picked by a team of judges who will be looking for an interesting project where you’ve used the tools you love. The winning entries will be selected after the competition has closed. Both the winner and runner up will be informed by way of direct message. All winners will be published on our Knowledge website. Upon confirmation of the winning entrants, confirmation of acceptance and details must be provided within 7 days. We reserve the right to pick a new winner and runner up if the requested information is not provided within the specified time period.

Terms & Conditions

  • All entrants must be over 18 years old;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted and separate social accounts should not be used;
  • Entries that are discovered to come from the same person will result in disqualification;
  • Duplicate content taken from other sites will not be allowed and will result in removal and disqualification;
  • This competition is open to UK residents only;
  • Axminster employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize;
  • Any entries with abusive, threatening or offensive language will be removed, blocked and disqualified from the competition;
  • Once we have confirmed the winner and runner up, we will aim to email the e-gift cards within a week;
  • This promotion is not connected to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram nor is it sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram;
  • By entering this competition, you agree to having your name, location and photo featured on future Axminster Tools & Machinery promotional material.

Our Details

If you would like to contact us regarding the competition you can do so by writing to Axminster Tools and Machinery Limited, Unit 10 Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon EX13 5PH, United Kingdom or alternatively emailing us at socialmedia@axminster.co.uk

View our Valentine's gift ideas

Upload a picture of a job that you’re proud where you’ve used the tools you love. Whether you’ve built your own garden shed, created something beautiful for your home or garden or got hands on in your workshop, we want to see what you’ve been up to. Win a £75 gift card.

12 Days of Christmas Competition is back...

Be in with a chance of winning a £50 Gift Card each day between 1st-12th December by simply placing an order over £50 online, over the phone or in one of our stores. That’s it, you don’t even have to enter, we’ll do that part for you. Each day we'll randomly select a winner and announce them below. Plus, we'll automatically enter all orders during this period into the grand prize draw to win a £500 Gift Card!

Winners...

Day 1 - J Purkis from Minehead, England

Day 2 - D Thomas from Leigh, England

Day 3 - C Hewett from Guildford, England

Day 4 - M Corson from Romsey, England

Day 5 - F Pitt from Telford, England

Day 6 - V Farkas from London, England

Day 7 - S Hunter from Norwich, England

Day 8 - S Cosgrove from Sheffield, England

Day 9 - S Oliver from Leicester, England

Day 10 - M Hahnel from Weilheim Teck, Germany

Day 11 - J Jaaskelainen from Helsinki, Finland

Day 12 - D Bowden from Newton Abbot, England


The lucky winner of the £500 Gift Card is Nicky from Southampton, England!

Competition winner
Here is Rob with our competition winner's father spending his £500 Gift Card in our Axminster store.


12 Days of Christmas Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. All orders placed online, in store or by telephone over £50 (including VAT), exclusive of any carriage/postage charges, will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Gift Card.
  2. Draws will take place the next working day using a random generator.
  3. A draw will take place for each day’s qualifying orders between 1st December 2017 to the 12th December 2017.
  4. All qualifying orders placed over the length of the competition period will be entered into the final draw for £500 Gift Card
  5. Entry is open to all customers placing qualifying orders except employees of Axminster Tool Centre Ltd (and their families).
  6. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Proof of identity and age may be required.
  7. The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  8. Axminster Tool Centre Ltd reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions at any time and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition.
  9. The winners agree to the use of their name and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Axminster Tool Centre Ltd relating to any post-winning publicity.
  10. Winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries received by the closing date(s) stated within the promotional material.
  11. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.
  12. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.
  13. Confirmation of the prize will be made in writing to the winner(s).
  14. Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time.
  15. The Promoter is Axminster Tool Centre Ltd, Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5PH
  16. A list of winners will be available by writing to the Promoter at the Promoter's address no earlier than six weeks, unless otherwise stated, after the close of the competition. Only the surname and county of the winners will be disclosed.

Win a £500 Gift Card with our Christmas competition! Twelve £50 Gift Card’s and one £500 Gift Card free to win with any order placed over £50!

Give a man a FISCH and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to FISCH and you feed him for a lifetime. Well now you can do both. Enter our competition to win free FISCH bits and you can feed your chuck and drill perfect holes for a lifetime.

Enter now

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The following FISCH bits are up for grabs, worth over £110...

25 Piece HSS Brad Point Drill Set

Extremely resistant with a ground centre point and spurs for precise positioning and a clean cut.

Quick Change System Forstner Bit - 25mm

Produce clean, accurate and flat bottomed holes.

Quick Change System Plug Cutter - 6mm

A plug cutter designed for cordless and hand drills with a universal quick change shank that will fit any system including Festool’s Centrotec.

Quick Change System Auger Bit - 10mm

Ground from one piece for strength, with a clean and quick cutting action.


Enter a competition to win free FISCH drill bits worth over £110. The prize includes a 25 piece brad point set, a plug cutter, forstner bit and auger bit.

The Competition

We sell a lot of woodworking tools here at Axminster but rarely do we see what they are used on. Of course, we see bits and bobs here and there in busy workshops and schools. But what we really want to see, is what the people at home, in the shed or garage, are getting up to.

At the beginning of April, when Easter was on the horizon and we were all dreaming of the long weekend ahead, a competition was announced. We asked you to showcase some of your skills by showing us images of projects you have undertaken and if possible, the steps along the way. The most innovative project would be chosen, with the panel being our Skill Centre tutors.

It's safe to say that we have been very impressed with the skills on show...

With 115 images and over 50 entrants, we were taken back by the response. Unfortunately, as with most things, there can only be one winner.

Some of our favourites

However, before we announce the winner, we thought we would take a look at some of our favourites. These all scored extremely highly and came so close to that £100 Gift Card.

All of the people who did these should be very, very proud of them and we would like to congratulate you on your fine efforts.

The winner is...

Tim H! For his impressive acoustic guitar.

Innovative and showcasing a great number of skills, this project was scored very highly by all of our judges. We would like to congratulate Tim on his effort, this really is a beautiful guitar.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition. With a response such as this, it's safe to say that we will be doing another one soon. So if you have any projects up and coming, be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be in with a chance to win more fantastic prizes.

The Competition We sell a lot of woodworking tools here at Axminster but rarely do we see what they are used on. Of course, we see bits and bobs here and there in busy workshops and schools. But what we really want to see, is what the people at home, in the shed or garage, are getting up to. At…

Rob-Stoakley2
My guess is that there isn’t much that we wouldn’t do for any of our children and particularly so these days when the latest bank not on the High Street (that’s the Bank of Mum & Dad) takes such a hammering, mainly due to the vastly inflated price of property. We’re no exception, but any parent (especially dads who possess even the tiniest shed at the bottom of the garden) starts to quiver when ‘the call’ arrives, usually these days by email.

You know how it goes.

“Daaaaaaad” (with the appropriate high/low inflections)...”being such a wonderful dad and having such a great workshop and being able to make really cool stuff and everything, I wonder if it’s possible, you know, could you possibly make me a….”

Such a call was received the other day from my daughter Megan, where the title of the email was ‘A Strange Request’.

To my surprise, I initially said “No” as the item in question was more suitable to be made in an engineering workshop as it was a confection of stainless steel and cast aluminium with a hefty price tag of around £1500. However, over the course of the inevitable email train, my feeble powers of resistance failed miserably (it’s been compared favourably with the breaking strain of a Kit Kat) and we eventually agreed that... “Yes, the WoD (Workshop of Dad) could provide and knock something together.”

The following images show what I made for her. The device is basically two oddments of mahogany 20mm thick which are precisely hinged in the middle with a couple of good quality brass butt hinges. Using some fairly chunky stainless steel screws (left over from the greenhouse build), I fixed part of a protractor on one side, with the zero point exactly on the hinge centre line and on the other, a couple of our 150mm metric stainless steel rules.
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Down the centre of each piece of mahogany, I routed out a 19mm stopped groove and screwed in a couple of gash bits of T-track (then coloured blue) onto which fitted some further bits of mahogany which are designed to slide up and down. The 90° angle was made using a pair of old steel brackets from an oddments box and each sliding shoe has a steel indicator inset into one end so that a precise measurement can be taken from the rulers.
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This device is clearly designed to measure an angle and distances...but on what, and what is its correct name?

To enter simply submit your guess using the link below. All correct answers will be placed in a draw to win a £20 Axminster Gift Card!

Competition Entry Form: Competition Closed

Terms & Conditions: http://bit.ly/252H301

My guess is that there isn’t much that we wouldn’t do for any of our children and particularly so these days when the latest bank not on the High Street (that’s the Bank of Mum & Dad) takes such a hammering, mainly due to the vastly inflated price of property. We’re no exception, but any parent (especially dads who possess…

For a chance to win an Arbortech Turboshaft simply email us with a picture of your most unique creation. Send your photo to competitions@axminster.co.uk (before 29th February).

Here are a selection of entries:

Tim Werner
Tim Werner
Pam Poore
Pam Poore
Knot-work from hand carved door - Kenneth Bonner
Knot-work from hand carved door - Kenneth Bonner
Solid Oak coffee table carved with Arbortech Woodcarver and TurboPlane blades, finished with Bee's wax - Eoghan Young
Solid Oak coffee table carved with Arbortech Woodcarver and TurboPlane blades, finished with Bee's wax - Eoghan Young
Allan Solomon
Allan Solomon
Left: Ships Wheel, Right: Coffee Table - Douglas Morgan
Left: Ships Wheel, Right: Coffee Table - Douglas Morgan
Elm sculpted chair
Sculpted chair from three inch thick slabs of elm. The contours were designed to support the lower back and relieve pressure on the spine - the more distal parts were shaped as the figure of the wood suggested.
Rhoda Daniels
JET Lathe model
Half scale model of JET Lathe. Lyn Cheeseman
Kuksa Cup
Kuksa cup carved with an Arbortech mini turbo plane.
John Jackson
Koi carp
Koi carp in yew.
Paul Lloyd
Box carving
Carved box by Miles Ascough
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Turned and power carved by Eric Harvey
Fossil wall sculpture with a sabre burr. Kate Barnard
Fossil wall sculpture with a sabre burr.
Kate Barnard
Rocking Horse
Rocking horse carved from walnut using an arbortech turbo plane blade, and finished with oil and wax.
Frank Tallett
Simon Corcoran
Simon Corcoran
Hippos & Elephants
Hippos - Carved from a block of lime.  Painted with Earthborn wood stains and finished with Rustins quick drying satin varnish (All EU toy safe products). Elephants - Carved from a donated slab of wood (species unknown)  12" x 7.5".  Finished with one coat of sanding sealer and Liberon Black Bison neutral wax polish.
Janet Ferrier-Robinson
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Alex Garfield
Kioni, a hooded Masai woman
Kioni, a hooded Masai woman. The head was carved of English Walnut, the hood/cloak of Sycamore and the jewellery pieces of African black wood, ebony wood, boxwood and purple heart wood.
Richard Pepperd
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Nicholas Cheeseman
Unusual Bird Boxes
Unusual Bird Boxes.
Den Humphrey

Welcome to February’s Arbortech Turboshaft competition For a chance to win an Arbortech Turboshaft simply email us with a picture of your most unique creation. Send your photo to competitions@axminster.co.uk (before 29th February). Here are a selection of entries:

Welcome to February’s Rider Sharpening Station competition

This competition has now closed, thank you for all the amazing entries. Steve Tomlin is the winner - your prize is on the way!

Handmade electric guitar
Steve built this handmade electric guitar with the help of his Rider planes. The body of the guitar is made from Cherry, with the neck a combination of Maple and Wenge.

Simply email us your picture of a project you are working on, or have made using a Rider plane to competitions@axminster.co.uk (before 29th February) for your chance to win a Rider Sharpening Station.

Here are a selection of entries:

Paddles
Carved Greenland Paddles
Etienne Muller
Axminster Rider No 7 Jointer
Axminster Rider No 7 Jointer being used to joint the edges of 6 beech boards, each 125 mm wide by 45mm thick and 1500 mm long, to make a new solid wood top for an aging workbench.
Chris Finch
Kayak
Wooden strip-built kayak. Rider planes have been used in nearly all steps of the process.
Jan Jessen Krut

Welcome to February’s Rider Sharpening Station competition This competition has now closed, thank you for all the amazing entries. Steve Tomlin is the winner – your prize is on the way! Simply email us your picture of a project you are working on, or have made using a Rider plane to competitions@axminster.co.uk (before 29th February) for your chance to win a…

In November we saw our largest number of entries to our biggest ever clamp giveaway competition!

We’d like to thank everyone who has sent in clamp pictures, there have been some brilliant entries with some being particularly innovative!

Winning Photos

Martyn Booth won a selection of clamps worth over £150 by photographing his 200mm F Clamps in action! (November 2015)
Martyn Booth won a selection of clamps worth over £150 by photographing his 200mm F Clamps in action! (November 2015)
Tim Frost was September's winner with this entry
Tim Frost was September's winner with this entry (September 2015)
Neil Little won four Bar Spreader / Clamps worth over £55 by sharing this alternative use for our Mini Bar Clamp! (August 2015)
Neil Little won four Bar Spreader / Clamps worth over £55 by sharing this alternative use for our Mini Bar Clamp! (August 2015)
Jim Petersson won four G Clamps and a storage rack worth over £55 by sharing his collection of Edging G Clamps in action on a storage unit (July 2015)
Jim Petersson won four G Clamps and a storage rack worth over £55 by sharing his collection of Edging G Clamps in action on a storage unit (July 2015)
Sam Fish of Fish Fabrications won four Forged Flat Bar Clamps worth over £35 and said “I use a lot of your clamps when fabricating metalwork. The Trade Clamps are strong and sturdy, whilst the smaller clamps are the right weight for the smaller jobs.” (June 2015)
Sam Fish of Fish Fabrications won four Forged Flat Bar Clamps worth over £35 and said “I use a lot of your clamps when fabricating metalwork. The Trade Clamps are strong and sturdy, whilst the smaller clamps are the right weight for the smaller jobs.” (June 2015)

More entries...

To give you an idea of what we are looking for, take a look below at some of the other entries we've received.

Andrew Hollins (We needed to add an extra support to the marble run the children at school are making - Edging G Clamps absolutely ideal)
Andrew Hollins (We needed to add an extra support to the marble run the children at school are making - Edging G Clamps absolutely ideal)
Annie Scotland (Constantly use all of your clamps!)
Annie Scotland (Constantly use all of your clamps!)
Adrian Busby (Deep Throat G Clamps - they are ideal for gluing the bridge onto a finished guitar)
Adrian Busby (Deep Throat G Clamps - they are ideal for gluing the bridge onto a finished guitar)
Gareth Hamilton (These only arrived yesterday and I put them straight to work clamping up a Sapele tabletop)
Gareth Hamilton (These only arrived yesterday and I put them straight to work clamping up a Sapele tabletop)
Colin Ticehurst (Christmas toys in full swing using my miniature trade clamps from Axminster - life savers)
Colin Ticehurst (Christmas toys in full swing using my miniature trade clamps from Axminster - life savers)
Saul Thomas (G Clamps in action)
Saul Thomas (G Clamps in action)
Michael Watson (cutting an angled mortise) and Robert Hay (F and G Clamps being used to bond panel edges on my kit car project)
Michael Watson (cutting an angled mortise) and Robert Hay (F and G Clamps being used to bond panel edges on my kit car project)
Jethro Brice (building a traditional Somerset flattener, as part of an exciting community-based art project) and Christopher Young (Edging G Clamps, among others!)
Jethro Brice (building a traditional Somerset flattener, as part of an exciting community-based art project) and Christopher Young (Edging G Clamps, among others!)
John Slattery (Sash Clamps and T Bar Clamps on my 2" thick oak table top) and Geoff Ransome (holding down our bending iron at The Great British Banjo Company)
John Slattery (Sash Clamps and T Bar Clamps on my 2" thick oak table top) and Geoff Ransome (holding down our bending iron at The Great British Banjo Company)

In November we saw our largest number of entries to our biggest ever clamp giveaway competition! We’d like to thank everyone who has sent in clamp pictures, there have been some brilliant entries with some being particularly innovative! Winning Photos More entries… To give you an idea of what we are looking for, take a look below at some of…

Paul Witcombe with his prize
Paul Witcombe with his prize

Christmas was certainly made for Paul Witcombe when he heard he had become the lucky winner of our Facebook 'Win a Workshop' competition.

Paul's prize included an Axminster Hobby Series bandsaw, woodturning lathe, pillar drillcompressorwoodturning tool set, pair of ring centres, airbrush kit and airbrush paint set; all were featured in our Christmas video 'Make Christmas' and collectively are worth over £800.

Paul actually commented on Facebook (9th Dec) saying "Wow, would love to see this lot under my Christmas tree ho ho ho!" and, to his amazement (no doubt), his wish was granted.

With Christmas now over and the new year beginning, Paul is looking forward to setting up his workshop with all his new tools and machines.

Christmas was certainly made for Paul Witcombe when he heard he had become the lucky winner of our Facebook ‘Win a Workshop’ competition. Paul’s prize included an Axminster Hobby Series bandsaw, woodturning lathe, pillar drill, compressor, woodturning tool set, pair of ring centres, airbrush kit and airbrush paint set; all were featured in our Christmas video ‘Make Christmas’ and collectively are worth over £800. Paul…

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