Beehive Handhold Cutting Jig

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Blog series by RoadHogg updated 02-09-2015 01:11 AM 3 parts 21651 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Cutting Handholds on the table saw

02-07-2015 11:07 PM by RoadHogg | 8 comments »

We are planning to get some honey bees this summer and we will need about 25 hive boxes. Since the boxes look pretty straight forward to build, I thought I’d leverage my wood shop and build them myself. A retail box is $15.00 plus taxes and that’s not assembled. The hive box uses a 7/8” box joint, I built a box joint jig for that but I found it more difficult to devise a way to make those nice scalloped handles you see on hives. The requirements for the handles a...

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Part 2: Dado Blade vs. Shaper Cutter

02-08-2015 08:28 PM by RoadHogg | 1 comment »

I’ve assembles most of the jig but I’ve been reading the comments on Jim’s video and apparently he has opted to use a shaper cutter on the table saw rather than a dado blade. Because the hand hold is cut by sliding the material into the side of the blade, the dado blade’s short teeth don’t do a good job. Fortunately I have a shaper hear I bought on ebay a while ago. It fits on the table saw but since I have a SawStop saw and the shaper is even smaller than my ...

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Part 3: Dado Blade it is!

02-09-2015 01:11 AM by RoadHogg | 3 comments »

The shaper cutter was just not working out. The biggest issue was that is was just not big enough in diameter and therefore it wouldn’t go deep enough into the box side. So I checked things out with the dado blade in the SawStop. That worked 99% perfectly. I wish I’d have stuck with plan A to start with. The only issue is that yes, the dado blade “bottoms out” on the box side once the cut gets deeper than the height of the teeth. I can manage by making one revolu...

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