View Full Version : Cork Gasket under Headstock Cover

05-16-2010, 11:22 PM
I would like to remove a cover from the top of a Jet headstock to inspect
for casting sand and manufacturing swarf, but I am wondering what
the prospects are that a cork sealing gasket may be damaged during


05-16-2010, 11:26 PM
50/50 unless the gasket is no longer available then 100%.;)

You could use silicone gasket for a replacement or to repair a simple tear in the cork.

05-16-2010, 11:47 PM
>> 50/50, unless the gasket is no longer available, then 100%.

Ah, one of life's universal truisms.

It has been a good day. I think I'll leave well enough alone for tonight.


05-16-2010, 11:54 PM
I've had good success on two accounts, it seems that gasket serves more to keep crap out then the oil in.

Agreed, late night is not a time to "start" much of anything.

05-17-2010, 01:02 AM
It's really just a swarf blocker. A replacement can be quickly made with a sharp blade and a sheet of gasket stock, or as mentioned, the original repaired with a dab of RTV silicone. Have a look, scrape your sand, repair as required, and move on my man.

Paralysis by analysis.

05-17-2010, 01:44 AM
If its just to keep most of the oil in and all of the "shop gunk" out, then make a cardboard gasket - "Manila" folders - as used in older paper file storage cabinets is just fine.

"Tap and cut" it out with a small ball-pein hammer - holes if necessary can be cut out or finished with a "wad" punch.