#80 Woodturning Project: Hollowing and Colouring a Sycamore Vase

Hiya. Martin here. Thank you for joining
me for this week’s project video. I hope you are well and you’ve had amazing
creative weeks and weekends in your workshops. Now this week I thought I would go for
something a little bit more spindly. You’ve seen a lot of bowls bowls recently, so I thought today I would have a go at
something on a spindle orientation and it’s going to be as sort of a, um, a hollow form vase with
a very simple line to it. Not sure if I’m going
to add any color yet, but this piece of Sycamore really
could lend itself beautifully. There’s a lovely ripple running
through it. And there’s also this, um, rather large feature, which is going
to need a little bit of filling. So I’ll probably use copper or bronze
or brass powder in there at some point during the process and then decide
if I’m going to put any color on it. Now putting color over the top
of CA glue and stuff could be, could be a mistake. But if I decide
that we’re gonna throw some color on it, you’ll see it is exactly 200 millimeters
long and there’s a 30 mil tenon sitting in the Piranha jaws here on this
Axminster Evolution Chuck. In the tailstock I’ve got, um, that’s a 30 mil forstner bit
30 mils just over an inch. So first off, I’m going to hollow it out
or make a depth with the, uh, with the force and a bit as
far down as I can go really, which will leave me enough room to, um, turn the bottom down into
a, into a nice cone shape. So let’s get on with that. First,
I’ve got the lathe running at ’em. I shave under 600 RPM, so I’m going to very
carefully ease this down. So with that done and the whole being
drilled down to roughly this mark here, I can begin to shape the
outside of the piece. And I’ve got enough room here
for a bit of a waste block, which is what I’m going to form in
a minute. In fact, I’ll do it now. So just leave myself a little
Mark as to where I want to, uh, part off, which will be, and then I’m going to
take an old bowl gouge, which is quite short with
a 45 degree bevel on it. I’m going to roughly turn the outside
down to a vague shape that I would like [soothing acoustic
guitar strumming noises] Now that is as much as I
want to do at the moment. So what I’m gonna do next is I need to
set up a, the Simon Hope Hollowing Jig. I’ve only used it once before, well twice. So this is going to be the third time, so I’m not going to bore you with
how it’s set up because Mike, Mike Waldt did a fantastic video
on how to set it all up. So I’m going to set it up So there we are. That’s the, that’s the arm set up and I’ve just
done a little test cut there and it took seven minutes to set up, um, and
change the height of it and stuff. And yeah, brilliant. Love it so far. So, um, now I’m going
to hollow it out. Um, as far down as I possibly can with
the little six mil carbide cutter. I know I don’t like carbide but with
hollowing, it’s an absolute godsend. I’m led to believe. So let’s, I’m going to change a camera angle
and um, let’s see just how, uh, how easy it is to, hollow out this piece. So the labels, he’s floating
around the thousand RPM mark Music I’ve got the cutter set at a
little angle just below center [Funky music] now before I use the scraper
to a smooth out the inside, I’m going to finish off the
outside shape a little bit with h the gouge again so
I can so I know how I, how thick I can make the
walls all the way down. Cause I want a little taper on
the bottom here but not too much. There’s my final depth so I
can taper it down a little bit. Then I’ll take a nether, another depth Mark so I can work out
where I can round off the bottom. And there is a little bit of a wobble on
the piece now because I hadn’t actually tightened the Chuck up
completely properly. So whoops. [Lots more music] Now I know depth wise
this piece is the full, the full extension of my Vernier calipers. So there’s the bottom and I’m going to
keep replacing that mark so I don’t, so I don’t lose it completely. And now I’m going to move onto a spindle
gouge to get in there to start rounding the bottom a bit. [Keeping that music funky!] Now I’m going to start, now I’m going
to start scraping. I’ve not, as I said, I’ve not, used, the Hollowing Jig much before, so it’s all still a little bit new. But I have set my wall width, you can’t see it particularly
well on, on that camera, but this isn’t a how-to-use video, but you can see the laser at the top
here. I’ve got the laser system on so I can start scraping
off the inside now. [Rock music!] That is giving me some trouble. So I’ve got a little bit more room
down here that I can taper off, which is good. I like that. And then I can get in and sand it down. So let’s taper off down here a little [More music] Sanding the inside now and then, um, and we can move on. This piece has given
me a bit of a ride. Um, I’ve sanded the inside down and I’ve
applied some sanding sealer and that’s where I’m going to leave
it for the time being, but I’m rounding off the bottom of the
piece and I want to have a teeny tiny little foot. Um, and I’m almost there, but I think you can see here
I’ve, I had a rather large catch, um, with a detailed gouge. So what I’m doing now is
I’m just smoothing that off
a little bit so I’ve got a little bit more room to
play with down here. Um, so I can get the sander in there. So I’m using a spindle gouge
wherever I put it there. [Yet more music] And that’s about as much as I can do
cause I can’t reach with this particular gouge so I can now stop that and sand it. Right. Okay. Um, I’ve decided I’m not
going to do brass or bronze or copper. I’m going to do aluminium. So I’ve got myself a little
bit of aluminium powder. I know I need a spoonie thing, so
I’m going to grab a bit of paper. No I’m not. I’m going to grab a…. I’m going to grab a sanding pad on
old sanding pad and some thin CA glue. Now I’ve got it because I’ve
decided I’m going to add color. I need to be really,
really careful how I add this, uh, this glue. and hopefully something’s
going to come out. Yup. We’re going to scoop up a little
bit of the aluminium powder. Then you rub it in. Yeah, that’s gone hard. Now can put
the mask back on and sand it off. [Guess what…..more music] So I now can go. Now I can go down all the grits to 400 before I start applying color.
Now why did I take that off? To start applying the color I’m going to
spray it all with my Intrinsic Black dye, let that dry and then sand it back. [Music with a geezer singing] [Still going….] Right now I’m going to
stop for a cup of coffee. So with coffee over and done with, I’ve
got my blue, my Midnight Blue shade, which I want to put down the bottom here
and kind of feather it up a little bit. So I’m going to use the spray cap again, just protect the Chuck a little bit. I’ve put some of the blue down there that’s come out nice. I
like that speckled effect and then I’m going to use, let’s just wipe that off the aluminium. Then I’m going to use stone blue, and then just with the lathe stationary, I’m going to start rubbing
it in down the bottom. Wow. [[Moody fade in to music] I’m happy with that and I can just
let it dry for a little while, but I might give it a little bit of a
helping hand with a, with a hot air gun and I’m very, I’m very pleased
with how that’s turned out. Now it’s dry. The piece, it looks a
little bit flat and a little bit dull, so I’m going to apply a
little bit of my preferred, whoops, a little bit of my preferred Danish
oil and that will liven those colors up considerably as I think
as I hope you can see on the video. They are really coming up nice and vibrantly. I’m, Oh yeah, lovely. Couple more coats of that. Let it sink in and then it’s
important that I let it dry. Now I’m going to use a spray sealer over
the top couple of coats of that, cut it back very, very lightly
before I apply the final finish. Right. And now the standing seal
is dry. I’m cutting it back with a ScotchBrite pad or NY web
pad or whatever you’ve got. So you’ve got a nice smooth surface onto
which you can apply your final finish, which unsurprisingly I’m going
to be using Hampshire Sheen High Gloss. Well, I’m going to apply it
with the lathe spinning at a moderate speed. I’ve already done the inside, so with a little bit of the
wax on the kitchen towel. and then spin it nice and quickly. That has come up an absolute treat. I’m very, very pleased with that. The only downside with it is a tiny
bit of the aluminium has come out, but I’m not going to worry
about that at all. Well, all I need to do next
is parted off carefully and then we’ll be finished. Well, here’s the piece off the lathe. I’m so pleased with how it has turned
out and I’m really pleased with how the Simon Hope Easy Arm Jig has performed
as well. It wasn’t a review on it, it was just me using
it for the third time. If you are interested in a review and a
more detailed how to then head over to Simon Hope’s, um, channel or Mike Waldt’s channel
as he did a superb video about it. But let me put this up here so you
can see to see it turning around. So yeah, thank you for watching.
I hope you enjoyed it. Um, if you have any comments or queries, leave them in the box below and I’ll get
back to you as soon as I possibly can. But for now, thanks again for watching. Please do like share and subscribe and
I will see you again soon for another project video. Thanks
very much. Bye for now.

76 Replies to “#80 Woodturning Project: Hollowing and Colouring a Sycamore Vase”

  1. Good looking vase Martin the intrinsic dyes look great and Hampshire sheen really made those colours pop.

    Kind regards


  2. As you know I'm not a big fan of coloring, HOWEVER, I really like the outcome of this project! A true homerun on this one youngster!

  3. Beautiful work as usual. Maybe I missed it somewhere along the line. Why the different lathe? I was looking forward to the review of the Nova Galaxi DVR.

  4. and another belting piece of the lathe,call me old fashioned but i think i take after my dad and cant bring myself to colour the grain of a really nice timber,thats just me,
    and the really good turners also get catches
    exellent work martin.

  5. Martin, I feel I may be being drawn i to coloring although just getting good any lathe time would be good just now.
    I'm interested in your chuck jaws used for this one. Are they simply parallel but with gripping ridges/teeth? they look very grippy and reassuring!

  6. Lovely piece Martin, I wish I had the artistic flair to get the colouring anywhere near as pleasing to the eye.
    I see you have the Axminster 2030VS …..I have this lathe and love it 👍🏽

  7. This is the video that could get me into colouring. That is beautiful. Is that an Axminster lathe you are on now?
    Best Wishes, Brendan.

  8. Martin,
    A beautiful vase. The colors are wonderful. Question. What is the reason for starting with the black then what appears to be sanding it off?

  9. Great video Martin! 😆 The base came out absolutely beautiful, I love the colors!! I use polyacrylic varnish to seal my flat panel burnings on birch or basswood. Based on how you sealed the vase with the Danish oil, spray sealer, and then your sealer; how much of a difference will I see with the intrinsic colors?? I had planned on using an outdoor polyacrylic to seal with the intrinsic colors to protect…but now I am wondering if I should at the very least use the Danish oil first. I do love when the beauty of the grain shows, but I want my burning and soon the colors to be the main focus. What do you think??

  10. Great video Martin, I like the bright colors. I'm glad that you applied a shinny finish.It is outstanding but I am curious as to what happened with your DVR lathe,

  11. Hi Martin, not really into colours, but after every piece you colour I'm gobsmacked by the result, beautiful mate! Must try some soon, lovely piece, thanks for sharing! ATB Shaun

  12. A beautiful piece Martin, and it looks like you are happy with the hollowing system too. My hollow forms have a habit of being in more than on piece on occasions 😉
    PS – Thanks for the mention too 🙂

  13. Odd to see you use a power sander.  Was it just for the vid or have your begun to use it more often?  Love the vids, thanks for sharing your expertise.

  14. I don't know if I will colour it, BWAHAHAHAHA! The final piece is fabulous Martin. Shame Gary Lowe has already used Cosmic Clouds because it reminds me of something similar, perhaps a Nebula?

  15. I have the jig but without the laser and i love it, the vase is amazing but all your projects and products are great.

  16. Great colouring, shading and blending. What spray sealer were you using? My wipe on cellulose sealer does tend to pull some colour back out from my work. Had a great recent result 'clouding' black and blue on a sycamore platter after watching a past episode. Regards

  17. Yet again a real informative video Martin, THANKYOU for the tin of wax, this tin is so much different to the other. So turners if you want a brilliant finish for your wood project look no further.

  18. Love the vase, even without the "foot", and the color blends. Curious about the interior sanding. Hand, sand paper holder, power sander, or combination? I am struggling with sanding interiors deeper or narrower than my fingers can easily manage.

  19. Very good. I particularly like the top of the piece where the lighter colours let the wood come through a little more. I was not liking the base until you removed it right at the end, thank goodness. I really need to be more adventurous on light wood with colour, perhaps with a piece of holly which you know I have.

  20. Hello Martin, another very interesting video. I would like to know why you changed over to the Axminster lathe, rather than use the Nova Galaxie? What were your issues with the Galaxie, there had to be something as the Galaxie was just new to you?

  21. Lovely job Martin wish I had your artistic flare Just thought the  size of tennon  was a bit ott for the size of piece

  22. Wow! What a beautiful piece, Martin! Thanks very much for the color ideas. Can't wait to go fishing in my wood stack for a suitable blank to try this!

  23. Love the vase,the colours are beautiful.I'm just learning to wood turn but would like to try colouring.Have you done a video about adding colour?what to use.Thanks

  24. I am a subscriber to your channel and enjoy your videos very much.  Recently, Youtube did
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  25. Wow. I've recently discovered wood turning after starting work in a local Men Shed. Found my passion. Love your work.

  26. First of your work is wow. This may be a stupid question but why don't guys make more wood cups or chalice's?

  27. Great show Martin, I like the colouring parts of your work and would like to do more on my pieces, so I'll look forward to your next recordings.

  28. New Subscriber. A couple of questions on environment: you don’t appear to use any form of dust collection; why is that? Additionally, why do you use protective glasses on some projects and a protective helmet on others? Brief back story: 45 years ago I was going to train as a carpenter, but the funding for the apprenticeship fell through, so my career took a different path. Now I’ve just taken early retirement, so I’m going to finally live my dream of working with wood. Putting together a work space and equipment at this very moment, so any help on the above questions would be so helpful. Just one more thing, if I’m not being too cheeky, what brand of chisels would you recommend? Keep on creatively turning my friend because you have a hungry and appreciative new subscriber. You are a true natural with the camera!

  29. Lovely, you have the guts of a gladiator! Are you still making videos? I haven't seen much from you I a while. I do hope all is well with you and your family. Cheers

  30. Wonderful piece Martin. I have used your Intrinsic colours on my Xmas tree turnings for the first time. So pleased, thank you. More vids please…

  31. Beautiful work as usual, thank you very much for your video, I learned a lot from your posts. please keep them coming. Yours Ron

  32. Hi Martin, could you tell me if you apply sanding sealer before the colours,or go straight
    Into it with the colours please.

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