Honey Cabinet

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Project by ChuckV posted 03-27-2021 04:24 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime project for me. A friend keeps bees on our property. He has been thinking for years about a replacement for the cabinet he uses to sell his honey at his house but was not able to find anyone to make it for him.

He provided me with three pre-built bee boxes. The “pre-built” part made this more of a challenge. He wanted the boxes made into one piece with a hinged door cut from the short end and two shelves. There is a 4” high section below the bottom shelf that is for the money collection and a possible heat source in the cold weather. To allow heat to better flow up, I drilled holes in the shelves in the shape of hexagons, as in a beehive. He plans to paint in the sides of the hexagons.

I used Liquid Glue to attach the sections since there were some gaps in the provided boxes. I did a few tests of the adhesive and found that it is very strong.

It took me a while to decide how to make the bottom. Since the boxes were already built, I couldn’t use a panel in a groove near the bottom. This will be exposed to the elements, so I didn’t want to use something like plywood or MDF. I was concerned about the movement of a solid wood bottom. I ended up using three pieces of shiplapped pine.

The handle and money slot were made by my 17 year old son. He has been doing blacksmithing and metal working for a few years.

To hold the door closed, I put a small metal plate on the door and a rare-earth magnet behind the stop at the top left. The strips on the inside of the door are for added strength. The bee boxes have a rabbet in the top of the short sides. This meant that the door pieces were only held together by about 3/8” of material. The top support also gave me a greater depth to attach the handle.

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#1 posted 03-27-2021 04:51 PM

I really like it…has a classic look to it

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#2 posted 03-27-2021 06:01 PM

Cool idea, interesting details…Great build….

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 03-27-2021 07:13 PM

Great idea on box, best I can say is that’s the bees knees.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-28-2021 01:08 AM

Once in a lifetime is right, that is fantastic. And you must be very pleased with your sons talents. Almost takes the spotlight from you.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#5 posted 03-28-2021 01:20 AM

beautiful chuck looks like you made a sweet deal for all the honey you’ll ever need?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 03-28-2021 01:37 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Mike – I realized about a year ago that my son’s talent working with metal surpassed anything I will ever be able to do with wood.

He recently reconstructed the missing heal from a 213 lb anvil that was made in about 1850.



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#7 posted 03-28-2021 02:07 AM

Quite the challenge indeed! It came out great. I bet your client is really happy with it. It still has that bee box look to it.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#8 posted 03-28-2021 02:47 PM

Nice wood project. The metal work is impressive. Nice father and son duo on that one…

-- Tom

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#9 posted 03-28-2021 05:54 PM

Brilliant project! Really like how this came about and how it turned out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 03-28-2021 07:59 PM

Nice looking box, at first I thought it was the hive itself. Great Job!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#11 posted 04-03-2021 10:03 PM

Here it is open for business!

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