box jointed bee hives / bee houses, bee larva supers for 3 new swarms i captured

  • Advertise with us
Project by aurora posted 05-30-2015 07:24 PM 1994 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my buddy and i caught 3 swarms of honey bees last weekend in some trees. we already have 3 hives between us and were excited for 3 more. they look to be italian bees. built the boxes from pine, using box 3/4 inch box joints. i make the jig finger .004” smaller than the router bit, and set the box finger to be .006” smaller than the router bit, that way i get some glue space and not too tight of a joint and the machined slot still has a few thousands of an inch clearance on the jig finger. i generally use a jig backer board that is at least 5/4” because i seem to get consistent chip out between the jig finger and the slot in the backer board. for the hand holds: i cut a slot on my table saw about 5/8” deep on center, and use a gouge to rough out the rest.

box joints are a fairly easy, cool looking method of joinery. takes longer to make a jig than build the 3 langstroth bee hives.

thanks for looking.

4 comments so far

View farmerdude's profile


686 posts in 3381 days

#1 posted 05-30-2015 09:09 PM

Nice brood boxes. That should make them right at home. I am a little envious of the swarms. You don’t seem to see many up in this neck of the woods. The last one I got called on was six years ago. Great job, and good luck with the bees.

-- Jeff in central Me.

View SASmith               's profile


1850 posts in 4328 days

#2 posted 05-30-2015 10:07 PM

Great boxes.
Nice gouge work on the handholds.
Here is my method for langstroth hives.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

View aurora's profile


238 posts in 4593 days

#3 posted 05-31-2015 02:50 AM

jeff, check out this article on capturing swarms

View farmerdude's profile


686 posts in 3381 days

#4 posted 05-31-2015 10:45 PM

Very interesting and informative, I’ve thought about a bait hive, maybe it’s time to try it. Thanks for sharing that article.

-- Jeff in central Me.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics