I was able to buy a Farm Master 228.7 Incubator that was sold by Sears in the 1950's.
This is how it looked when I got it. Sadly None of the internal parts were original so I will be using new parts to get it working again.
Here I washed the dirt off but nothing major yet.
They used a heater......
Some of the outside parts are missing as well as the internal works and the internal water tray.
No front switch plate or switches....
Door handle and the top hinges are not original... And the veneer on the top is having issues.....
So..... After a good scrubbing with just plain water it looks a lot better but needs some real help to get back to the beauty it once was.
Redwood is such a great wood that it will be easy to work with yet last forever once it is taken care of again.
First thing was to strip out all the guts (heater, wiring, wafer thermostat and etc.
I then started sanding the outside shellac off and getting back to the wood.
Only got the surfaced sanded and still have a long way to go!
Day 2: got the rest of the outside sanded and now only some final touch up sanding needed.
changed list a little as I decided not to remove inside boards.... even though they are screwed on the screws are not easy to remove and I don't want a broken screw I have to figure out how to remove.
I sanded some of the interior and will wash it down again before repainting with the original silver color. Still need to repair the water tray rail. Hope to repair rail and paint on my next day off.
DIY was nice enough to cut some of my redwood board into a new water tray rail which I installed today. I then cleaned inside once more and painted a "metallic aluminum" which matches the interior best. now to let set overnight and see if I need a second coat.
The inside is now so bright I need shades!
Next will be:
Remove shelf rails and etc which were original and screwed in so easy to remove to repair, sand and repaint.
Final sanding of exterior
Oil outside wood surface to protect the wood and make it beautiful
Have a new water tray made like the original
Have a special tray made for the bottom to cover the rust damaged metal surface. (by making it a tray it will be easy to pull out to clean)
Find door latch more like original to replace current modem latch
(found one at Hardwick's Hardware but it is just a little to big. Will be going back and talking to the person who orders them to see if I can order one the right size.)
Find top hinges more like the originals
Install fan, heating, thermostat, switches and etc that will be needed to continue using it as a incubator
I will try and continue to post updates as I go along.
Anyone else have a old Redwood incubator?