I don't mean to be dense, it's a gift really
, but anyone have a picture of said joint? So to recap:
We take a dowel that has to be shoved firmly into the center of the surgical rubber, goop it, then join the two broken pieces. Break a few #64 rubber bands, and wrap those tightly around the joined pieces? Then liberally coat the tightly wound #64 rubber bands with boat deck RTV (good ol Home Dee Pot RTV is NG)?
How about just using a few larger tie wraps instead of the #64 rubber bands??