Traditionally earring stands are made from three pieces, the top, the bottom and the spindle and joined together. There are many reasons for this the two main ones being you don’t waste much wood as the top and bottom are made from larger pieces and the spindle is made from a narrow piece. Secondly strength, if you use cross grain pieces for the top and base and a long grain piece for the spindle you get the maximum strength from the wood.
In this project I will be making one from a solid piece of wood with the grain running up the piece, The reason I do it this way is it is quicker and easier, I have made a number like this and so far I have not had any problem with them breaking despite dropping a number of them on the floor. You have to be careful in selecting your piece of wood to make sure it is sound and doesn’t have any faults or knots.
For this project I am using a piece of Elm 3” square and 6” long and I have marked the center at one end ready for mounting on the lathe.