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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!

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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!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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  1. I have made 5 rocking horses in total the photo shows my most recent, this is a large rocking horse and I have just finished it after several months of work. It is hand carved from birch laminated wood with Ash hard wood base, secured with solid brass fittings. I turned the spindles on my lathe out of ash. The rocking horse is complete with maroon saddle and bridle in genuine leather with saddle cloths. Mane and tail made from real horse hair for that authentic feel. Complies with all European safety toy standards. This is the only large horse I have made the others have been medium size.

  2. #makeitinmarch

    A pair of subwoofers, that will also function as side tables by our sofa (part of the “deal” to get the design past the wife :grinning:):

    I used solid oak kitchen work tops to match the oak used in our living room. Grain direction matches where there’s solid wood, and the baffles were made from MRMDF laminated with veneers cut from more of the same oak. As such, I’m hoping that any wood movement won’t compromise the cabinet sealing:

    The baffles were cut to accept the speaker drivers, and the rears scalloped out for better airflow:

    I pre-oiled the insides and baffles before glue up. You can just see the slots for dominos in the top panel, added for a bit of extra strength, and to stop the mitres moving around under glue up:

    Braces were added to the insides to help minimise vibrations. These are fitted off-centre; otherwise you’re just creating a node in the panel, by splitting it into two identical sections that will vibrate at the same frequency:

    Outside being scraped to get it smooth:

    And the faces being planed:

    Oiled with Osmo top oil:

    Acoustic dampening pads added to the insides, and fitting the drivers:

    Each baffle has sockets for adding a grille, which I may do later. They have Neutrik Speakon connectors on the bottom, and will be powered by an old Crown XLS2500 amp, being fed a signal from an (even older) Arcam AVR300.

  3. This is my first post, I hope I’m doing it right.
    The photos are of a jewelry box I made for my wife, it is made of bubinga, figured sycamore, and mahogany.
    Each drawer has a different configuration to store different sizes of jewellery.
    It also has a secret drawer, but if I show it here it wouldn’t be secret, right? :wink:

  4. Posting on behalf of Gordon Price:

    This project took 3 months to build. I normally buy the drawings and then make them out of scrap wood, ( old furniture) normally that’s best.

    #makeitinmarch

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