Louis can always be relied on to do first class work. As for the gasket cutting wood block.... there is a little secret there. The wood block works best with the end grain as the working surface. The block holds up better and the gasket cutting comes out cleaner.
Nice gaskets Louis! I've been making my own gaskets for a long time, but never to old to learn new tricks or of a new tool. A couple of years ago I got a set of transfer punches. Great tools for the spots you can use them. They perfectly mark the center of a flange hole, etc. After marked, I then use a transfer punch as a "pilot" for my hole punches, so the holes are spot on where I need them.
If you go with gaskets made from old magazines, try and use the high quality shiny paper which is usually used on the covers. It's sulphite paper, similar to the stuff used for photographs and it's much denser than dull paper or brown paper bags, which are usually made from kraft pulp. Using a micrometer will help you find the desired thickness.
Still searching for a rudder and hardware to fit a KOBAN. ☺
Thanks for the ideas. I was wondering where to get thin gasket material, you guys reminded me I have a huge roll of commercial grade craft type paper, it’s the perfect thickness too. Now I just need a set of punches.
Fot those who might be making lower drive shaft seals (for Early Kiekhaefer K Models) Use 3/8" center and 7/8" outer punches The 1/2" drive shaft and 3/4" bore are tight fit for seal so saturate seal with leather oil and it will install easier. Pressure of spring forms the seal into cup shape. The key is the washer that locates the large punch so the outer diameter concentric to the center hole.. The brass washer just happened to be right size and on hand. I doubt this simple idea is original. Louis