As threatened I decided to start building some more drop spindles, not done yet but I figure I'll share where I'm at and what I've gotten done thus far.
First off wood, I've got bits and pieces from other projects, if they are big enough they go in the bag.
Couple different types of wood in there, black walnut, zebra, purple heart, orange wood (not from an orange tree), oak, and cherry. Might be maple as well in there somewhere.
Next lay out the pieces that I'm planning on gluing up, type of glue is kinda important.
I use a couple pieces of 1/4" steel plate to compress everything after gluing things together.
I cut a couple pieces of black walnut to use for the central spindles.
45 min later everything is set enough to take the clamps off and start doing things.
Do some geometry and figure out how to cut what you want, then lay it out, sand anything out of kilter angle wise.
Glue and clamp