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I turn my own sticks on a 12x18 midi-lathe. I make the shaft in four sections that are joined together using a mortise and tenon arrangement. I drill a 2" deep hole in each end, and then make dowels that are 1/2" diameter by 4" long. Then, I dry-fit them together in pairs and spin them on the lathe to fine-tune the diameters at the join. After final sizing each join, I then glue the sections together before finishing.

Making the shaft in four sections means that my lathe is long enough to mount each section in a chuck and drill the end holes with a lathe with an 18" bed. It's amazing how much usable bed length is taken up by a scroll chuck, drill chuck and drill bit.
 
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