Last year I started making stands for my brooches so they can be displayed when they are not being worn. I am very happy with them. So far they have all been ebony and stainless steel:
I ordered more wood for the stands last week. I got more ebony, and maple burl. The ebony (on the right) has a lighter color streak going down one corner. I dont know if I like that. The maple burl is pretty cool after its been sanded and stained.
Using the milling machine makes getting the blocks of wood square much easier. Before I had the mill I was using a belt sander, it was kind of a pain. I am using my PUK 2 welder to put together the stainless steel parts.