I do not have a lathe . . . MOST of my work these days is by hand...I hold those sticks upright in a vise and using a shoe-shine motion round off the tops with coase/medium/light strips of "belt" sandpaper.
The OLD metal vise was my dad's, I've had it for years, and for woodworking purposes I've cut two 1/4" plywood sheets approx 6x10" with slots to fit down over the vise mechanism . . . that allows me to clamp down on the stick without damage it.
Here's the simple vise jig, Sean, made from two pieces plywood, notched to fit down over the vise mechanism. Because it's relatively "soft" it does not mar the stick unless I crank down with too much force.
I use that lower "T" shaped unit to give vertical support/strength to the stick, such as when I'm drilling the hole in the top for the dowel screw . . . or when I'm sanding the top with that shoe-shine motion.
When not in use, I kick the lower unit back under the work bench.
Disregard, please, the poinsettia. It's headed for the curb next Tuesday evening.
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