Mason Bee house

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Project by ralbuck posted 04-21-2018 08:26 PM 1752 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from rescued pallet wood & other shop woods. Total Length is 10 inches.
Width at roof edges 7-1/2—Total height is 11 inches
Shelves are 5-1/2 by 6-1/4 inches.

Bee holes are about 1/4—There are 48 of them in the 6 shelves. The holes are actually slots made with the router in multiple passes. I used the fence and just wooden spacer blocks to change where the slots were to be for moving the fence every time. I also made the slots in longer boards and then cut them to length.
The chimney(?) lifts up to let the shelves be removed.

I forgot to add; idea of this construction with shelves was from a customer. Design is actually T & E as is normal for me.

The backing plate has screw holes for mounting pre-drilled too.

Mason bees do not like cedar; so no cedar used. To be painted in bright colors by the customer.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#1 posted 04-21-2018 09:18 PM

Nice project and thanks, I just spent about an hour learning about Mason bees and other bees. Very interesting.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 10:20 PM

That is a cool bee house!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 10:59 PM

well constructed, and nicely built.Keep up the good work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 11:25 PM

Cool project. Hope the bees find it a homely home.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 04-21-2018 11:42 PM

Great project Ralph! Didn’t even know there was such a creature. I will be reading up on them also.

-- Daniel P

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#6 posted 04-21-2018 11:53 PM

Very nice. Is this a bee rental or time share? LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 04-22-2018 12:02 AM

That’s an interesting bee home. It never ceases to amaze me how many different bees there are. Everyone deserves a home. Cool job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 04-22-2018 12:25 AM

Report back how it works.
I tried this method of making bee holes and it did not work so well. If the holes are not clamped tight parasites can attack the larva.
I found it is better to line the holes with the tubes and straws you can buy for that purpose. You can just stack them together in your housing unit.
The holes work best when they are 5/16” in diameter and 6 inches deep. I have used an extra long 5/16” drill which is slow but produces the proper hole in blocks of wood. The depth is important because the bee lays female eggs in the back and males at the front. That way the male hatches first and is there waiting for the females so he can complete the reproductive process.
Good luck.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 04-22-2018 12:56 AM

Nice work, good project.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 04-22-2018 01:56 AM

What a great learning experience this has been for me.

So much to learn about bees

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 04-23-2018 11:45 AM

Awesome bee house!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#12 posted 04-23-2018 09:35 PM

Cool. Guess what my next google search will be. Thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 04-24-2018 12:48 AM

Wow very clever and cool its from scrap. Nice !!!!!!

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#14 posted 04-24-2018 07:22 AM

Quite unique and interesting project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 04-30-2018 05:42 AM

Great ‘top 3’ win Ralbuck

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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