Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Do a drawing. Then measure every inch and set your calipers to that size plus a tiny bit. Then make marks every inch on the wood and use a parting tools with the calipers to cut down to that size. For the head of the drumstick, or if your turning something else and have beads and coves make marks there and set the calipers for those marks.
For drumsticks you will have a chattering problem. I chuck one end in a chuck. Then I work from the tailstock end back. This reduces the chatter a little. They can be quite challenging. If your new at turning things this long and thin you might want to consider building a steady rest of some kind.