More views of bumble bee box

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 02-25-2010 12:00 AM 3577 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked for more views of my bumble bee box project, so here they are. The timber is shuttering pine with some oak I had left over, some of which was scrap.

This box’s construction is simple, the sections being butt-jointed and fixed with the brad-nailer. The sections are roughed out on the band saw and then squared on the shooting board. I should have checked the edges for square but didn’t, relying on my supplier to have ripped them adequately, which seemed to work. The felt is lapped over the lid’s edges and then fixed by nailing on the oak lath edges. I pre-drilled the front with the 20mm forstner bit, then drilled the little oak entrance tunnel before nailing it over the pre-drilled hole. Three vent holes were drilled in each side, approx 6mm seemed about right. If ants are likely to be a problem then glue old nylon curtain over the vent holes.

The timber starts off at 140mm wide and 18mm thick. As the lid has to be wider then the main box, 2mm is ripped off the base section. Thus the box is 138mm deep, 250mm long and 158mm high.

The lid is 140mm deep and 252mm long. Its final dimensions are increased by the felt’s thickness and 6mm or so of oak lath. This lid sits on by gravity and should be heavy enough not to blow off.

The entrance tunnel is about 16/18mm deep, 65mm long and 45mm high. Its approx 35mm in from the edge.

Runners are to length and approx 17mm deep and 20mm high. I have used oak for these as they will sit on the ground and need to be a bit more rot resistant.

I hope that this is useful.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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