Here's a little side project I've been working on. Every boat with a motor has to have a throttle, right? Now the trolling motor I'm using has the regular twist handle for a throttle, but that would never do on a 19th century design. Time to make a nice wooden one out of khaya wood.
I cut the twist throttle off the motor head about 2" from the end. Taking a 2" wide piece of khaya, I bored a 1" diameter hole with a Forstner bit 5/8" deep (the wood is 7/8" thick). Next, stand a short piece of the cut off handle tube (liberally waxed) in the hole.
Now, stuff thickened epoxy all around the tube. You'll notice that the tube has one side flattened, so the new handle will grip.
Once dry, grip the tube section with a pair of vice grips and pull out. I had to clamp the wood down and tap lightly upwards with a hammer on the vise grips to get it out.
Next, remove all the wood that doesn't look like a throttle handle, resulting in this:
Here's the throttle handle and motor head.
Here it is in place. All it needs is a set screw to keep it from wriggling off and 6 coats of varnish!