Warre Beehive

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Project by TrentFysty posted 03-22-2011 06:13 AM 6083 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I would post this as my first project on here mostly because it “justifies” all of my tools. This is a Warre Beehive, pronounced “War ray”. The hive design comes from France and has been around for 80 plus years. I had never heard of them until I walked into a bee supply store one year ago looking for a new bee suit. My wife and I have a couple of hives in our backyard. The owner of the store and I got to talking and I shared with her that I had built my hives. She asked me if I could build a specific design for her called the “Warre”. I took a look at the plans and agreed to have a mock up done in about a week.

I went to work a built a hive using 1×10 pine found at the big box store. It took a couple of hours to complete and I delivered the hive to her about a week later. She loved it and placed an order for 4 additional hives. I switched from using pine to 1×10 S1S2E tight knot cedar as it doesn’t require and finishing for use outdoors. Some of the details include a window in each hive box and the shop owners “beehive logo” carved in the roof assembly. The nice thing about this little side job is it has allowed me to make the extra money I need to purchase all of the tools I used to dream of owning. My wife loves it because I am no longer raiding the family budget for the next “must have” tool and I don’t have to feel all sheepish going and asking her for the money. Last year a built nearly 30 hives and this year I have already built and delivered 8 with another 4 hives under construction as I write this.

I have learned a lot about building a product for sale. The hives come in “kit” form and detailed instructions were a must. Thank goodness my wife is an editor by trade. Also, cost of materials is a much bigger consideration when making a product for sale. You have to hit a price point yet still make a profit. I used to be okay with buying my materials from the big box stores, not any more. I learned that what I was okay taking longer doing because I didn’t have the right tool was no longer okay when I needed to cut my labor hours down. Amazing how much changes when you decide to sell something instead of just making it for fun.

Anyway, I will post more projects in the coming days.

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 06:21 AM

Just love it. Always wanted “bees” and am fascinated by them

and that hive even looks cool

Nice work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 07:43 AM

Welcome to LJ. God Bless you bee keepers. I’ve never seen one like you have there, looks nice. My grandfather had a lot of bee hives but they were the plain old white boxes.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 08:35 AM

We are picking up our first hives, traditional hives, this week. Our bees are supposed to be in the middle of April. My wife and I cannot wait. We plan on expanding into Warre hives I can build myself. I’m sending this straight to favorites. Would it be okay to PM you with a request for plans?
Great work!
We tossed around traditional hives, old style top bar and these Warre hives.
Got so excited I almost forgot to say WELCOME TO LJ’s.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 05:08 PM

BTKS, I am happy to provide plans I spent a lot of time converting it all to standard measurements as well as getting rid of the butt joints and switching to rabited joints. Just let me know when you want them.

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 06:21 PM

Are they regular stacked boxes? Do they take a standard medium frame and comb?

I went from 150 to 10 hives in the last two years, due to CCD.

I was thinking of giving it up because I felt like C**p even though I did everything the same way I had for years.

I might bring Two or Three of the hives home if these are more fun for less work.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 07:58 PM

No, they are not standard sized boxes. The internal dimensions are about 11 7/8” square and 8 1/4” deep. They don’t take frames but some people build frames for them. You add additional boxes to the bottom instead of supering on the top. You harvest in the late summer by taking the top box or two and leaving at least two full boxes for winter. I use 7/8” thick cedar for the hives. There are some really good resources out there you can check out.

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 12:19 AM

Nice boxes. I have never used them, but know of them. I considered them because they are frameless/foundationless. I never could come up with a good strategy to put the 4th box on. I don’t think I am capable of lifting 3 full boxes at once by myself. Plus I go into the broodnest every few week.
So what quilt/wick/absorbent material did you use in the lid? Do they draw the comb from the top bar to the top bar below or do they leave a passageway?
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 03-23-2011 11:31 PM

cool hive

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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