2018 bee boxes

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Project by oldsap posted 03-06-2018 12:11 AM 833 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the bulk of the beehive parts I have built in the last 2 years. They consist of 4 frame nuc boxes, medium supers, hive top feeder boxes and feeder shims. All are made from found wood mostly boxes and pallets. More time is required to make them this way but the cost is much cheaper. Instead of box joints I use rabbet joint and assembled using Tite Bond 3 and 1/4” crown staples. They hold up real well to the weather even okay to bear attacks. I have also built mini mating nucs with frames and a bee vacuum. Most of the woodworking I do is of a practical nature and I find the work rewarding when you can use it over and over.

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#1 posted 03-06-2018 10:22 AM

Old Sap, this represents a lot of work. Nice job. I like the traditional design with your construction twists. Not much stands up to a bear attack. How did you indent the handles on the side?

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 11:40 AM

Looks solid. Got my boxes made for the season as well. Hope your weather is conducive for a killer crop this summer.

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 11:58 AM

Nice digs for the bees. From a city dweller, I have to applaud you for helping the little guys out!!! Of course the honey is a nice reward too.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 01:45 PM

Thanks guys for the good comments. The handles are put in with a radial arm saw. The instructions can be found through the Michigan Beekeepers website or on Youtube , in the beekeepers workshop. My wife and I have been building up every year a little more. Iike the flexability the 4 frame nucs provide.

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 10:51 PM

Building these must be very gratifying. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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