henry finley: that sounds like an excellent solution. The split is about 4 to 5 inches long and is on a diagonal along the top. Yes the wood is dry so I'll apply some water to re-hydrate it and hope the glue will migrate into the split. I was going to try and find a thin piece of comparable wood to glue to the underside of the split to add strength.

worker11811 normally I would follow your suggestion but I feel more comfortable using this glue along with clamps.

Thank you all for your help in this project.Once it is complete I'll post pictures of the finished and re-covered camera.