Every pirate ship needs a helm(a steering wheel). I was going to try and just buy one but after looking at allot of them I figured it wouldn't be to hard to make.
I tryed to make it as easy as possible because if he busts anything on it I want to be able to fix it. So this is what I came up with. First I made 2 outer circles. Then I made 2 inner circles. At first I bought a dowel for the handles but ended up using a couple of broken shovel handles I had. I then placed 1 inner circle and 1 outer circle down on my table. I then spaced out my handles out on top of them. Then I place the other inner and outer circle on top making a sandwich if you will. Got out the nail gun and nailed it all together.
This was the result. Turned out pretty good I thought. Note: I put in a dowel in the inner circles to make sure they were lined up right.
Now as you can see I mounted it kind of high but that was because I was adding a decorative top on to cover it sort of.
Here it has the decorative piece on and I got all the nail holes filled and sanded. as you can tell the wheel is still a little high than the decorative piece but you can see what I was going for.
Here it is all finished. I think it is one of the best parts and so does my kid. Every night he has to park his boat before he goes to sleep.