Neighbor L pointed out to me that there’s a guy at the local flea market who sells perfectly good handles for long tools at a price roughly 1/2 what I paid for epoxy and nylon string, but I got curious as to whether this would actually work. I’ve never tried it.
Back when I was all prosperous and suburbany and needed a hobby to stay sane, the one I chose was high-power rocketry which meant I bought 2-part epoxy by the jug. So in that respect this exercise felt kinda familiar – as does the fact that my keyboard keys are now sticky despite my having washed my hands twice before approaching the ‘pooter. This field-expedient repair won’t be seriously put to the test until Friday, which gives it plenty of time to cure. It was a nice wide crack in the wood grain, so I could coat both sides of a piece of cardboard with epoxy and drag it into the crack really deep. Then I reversed the fork and sat on it to close the crack while I wrapped it tight, so it should be bound pretty well.
We shall see.