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Majestic Cedar Washing Machine


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Old 06-18-2016, 10:51:31 PM
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Howdy all!
So I've spent the time searching the forums, looking at every wood tub
Washing machine thread. I'll be brief with questions, and I'll update
On my progress once I start restoring his baby. Keep in mind, I plan to put this back in action, and I'd like to restore it for another 100 years.
The inside bottom I have a feeling I will need to remake. That's no problem.
Linseed oil seems the norm (boiled linseed also), but would an epoxy clear inside and out hold up to soap
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Sorry mishap with computer.
The other concern I have is the original print on outside of tub. And it looks like there's a shelack or something on outside already.
Has anyone had luck with a lacquer or mineral spirit that doesnt remove lettering?
And finally, when I get to restore the wringer, it seems rollers are non-existent.
I thought I can make a mold and use urethane rubber 2part to make my own rollers. Just have to figure correct shore hardness. I've made stamps using 60 shore. It's not close to hardness.
I'd like to keep some of the original aspects of washer, but want to restore for years of use.
Anyone know what the original drain plug looks like?
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:34:25 AM
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Hermit....... First put 2 (ratchet) straps completely around the tub, top & bottom before you start,to keep tub from fallin apart.
I use boiled linseed & turpentine (50/50 mixture)
The floor & walls inside the tub, remove any dirt and blow out with air, must be very clean before using mixture.
On the outside of tub, let it set a few minutes, then wipe off dirt and be careful around any decals or printing on tub, the mixture will not hurt them!
May require a couple of soaking coats & let dry a couple of days.
The tub bands maybe loose, they would have to be tightened or shortened.
Richmond Cedar Works made tubs for many Mfrs. of wood washing machines.
Bob
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:00:21 PM
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Thanks for the info. The inside bottom is pretty bad so I'll have tot take tub all the way apart.
The linseed is something id like to avoid. Is like to just seal it permanently,but I get the feeling it needs to swell when soaked ( like on an old wood hull boat)

So sadly I'm going to have to take tub apart all the way. I plan to dremel engrave #'s on bottom of slats for re-assembly. The top strap was spot-welded from previous owner. It's loose I'll have to remake..but I plan to fab a turnbuckle on top strap so I can adjust over years of use.
I searched the forums for template making, for example, if I want to repaint all lettering on tub. There's no stickers, just black letterng.

I jumped on the washing machine collector site, and have correct colors from crank to the bands
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Here's the print on other side. I'd really like to keep lettering, but bleaching/sanding/chemical cleaning im afraid will remove letters.

Has anyone used a 2part marine epoxy seal on a tub?
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So did some searching and it seems wringer rollers are a 50 shore hardness. Seems soft? I made rubber ink stamps poured into mold with 60 shore utv, seems like stamp is too soft for a roller?
Any thoughts would be appreciated
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Default Re: Majestic Cedar Washing Machine

I restore my wooden washers the same way that Robert Green described. If you are hesitant about using linseed oil you could use tung oil. I have used it before on projects and it is easy to use and can be used on exterior surfaces.
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Thanks for the reply. I forgot about tung, I think I have a can floating around.

I'm still on the fence about using oil, as it needs slight maintenance.
I'm thinking of using a poly clear to seal inside and out. But I worry it would make poly "cloudy" after constant water contact. I see a lot of the top lids people clear coat in their resto, but not on the tub.
If I have to stick to oiling, then so be it
I did hit the outside with 220 in a test spot, the ink lettering seems deep, so I'll be safe
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So I've been busy with other projects, started taking it apart. I wanted to replace every bolt and nail. Well disaster struck. Luckily I have a spare head and crank that are a different agitator head, but same gears and crank. I'll repurpose the spare crank into a butter churn or something.

So word to others, leave these carriage bolts in if you can
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Default Re: Majestic Cedar Washing Machine

I would not use epoxy, the wood won't be able to breathe. I would just clean the wood and use either linseed or Tung oil.
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Yeah it's clear I need to put alittle oiling maintenance on the tub. I'm just getting lazy in my old age. No permanent seal on wood is the verdict. But it looks like someone put some kind of hard clear on the tub before me?

So I'm in agreement with everyone oil is the way to go. But I gotta ask, linseed(non-boiled is food safe I think), and a possible mix with turpentine, or just tung oil, has anyone actually washed clothes in their tub recently? No skin irritation from oils seeping into washed clothing?

Let's say linseed oil, turpentine, and tung oil would be difficult to acquire where you live. What other oils could you use? Hemp oil?vegitable oil?
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Default Re: Majestic Cedar Washing Machine

If you use a couple of thin coats of boiled linseed oil it will harden and will not bleed into clothing. I would not use raw linseed oil as it stays tacky for a long time. You can also get linseed oil based varnish which would give you a hard finish, I got some from here, http://www.solventfreepaint.com/linseed_paint.htm
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Bill I checked out that linseed paint. I like the idea of that, but I'd like to keep the black lettering on outside, but the inside of tub may be a good place to use that linseed paint.
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Some more progress.
Re-made the agitator as the old was smoked. But I glued old agitator back together, cut rusty carriage bolts, I'll make a candle holder or something out of it.
I've been avoiding taking the tub apart since I'll need some free space.
Almost everything is sandblasted and primed for paint. The top plate holding wood agitator is out to cerakote, since it was super cheap.
The original shaft was smoked. Whipped up a new one out of 304. Fits great.
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