DIY drawer organizer project ~ 48" wood laths super-cheap at Home Depot, & the store will cut them for you. So simple it's not even really a tutorial :-) Would also work to make a shadowbox to display small items.
Lathe Attachment for Multi Speed Drill Press ( Fox D4088 ) allows wooden workpieces to be turned on a drill press in the same manner as a wood lathe, only vertically rather than horizontally. Items like small pickets, legs, spindles, candle holders, salt and pepper shakers, handles, dowels, and pins can be made. http://www.amazon.com/D4088-Lathe-Attachment-Drill-Press/dp/B005W16YJS