A family project of a Mason Bee house

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Blog entry by metolius posted 04-03-2020 12:13 AM 466 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Covid has the family camped (cramped?).

Homeschooling ; no where to go .. but its spring time.
A good time for a family project to get a bee house together.

... and make the kids cut dove tails.

I instructed them with the Pekovich bluetape method.
The material was old cupped pine boards, so we avoided trying to make the corners flush.
To help with the inconsistency, instead of planing the whole boards, I flattened out the inside of the tails with a quick table-saw rabbet.

They came out great. The kids cut them straight.

The stack boards with bee holes were taped together and then bored with 5/16 to a depth of 6.25 in. The concept is to allow cocoons to be harvested and the bee homes cleaned at the end of summer. This is done by separating the boards. The cocoons are stored in the fridge until spring.

The top is an MDO peice that we opted to attach the top with proud dowels; they look like little chimneys.

Up in the community garden space …lots of fun.

The little box on the top contains a couple dozen cocoons a neighbor gifted to start.

I hope the bees come out soon.

-- derek / oregon

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#1 posted 04-03-2020 05:16 AM


It looks like your boys are learning quickly. We love seeing parents working with their kids to teach them to work with their hands and minds. Your project turned out very nice.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 04-03-2020 09:34 AM

Hello metolius family of carpenters,

Are we talking honey producing Bees with the Mason Bee house?

edit:- found out the answer thanks

Good work boys!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 04-03-2020 04:09 PM

Thats real education. Great experience.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 04-03-2020 04:32 PM

Aye, Mason bees live solitary hive-less lives, don’t sting, and, individually, pollinate more than a honey bee.

-- derek / oregon

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