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Project by KEP posted 03-30-2012 02:37 PM 3636 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A young friend asked if I could make her a bee-hive.

After making a 3/4 inch box joint jig, I was surprised how easy this project was; although it was a challenge to keep the boxes square during glue-up.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 02:39 PM

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 03:13 PM

As a beekeeper myself, I was thinking of making some of these, too, as I feel I could build much better quality than I could buy. How did you anchor those handles? They need to be pretty strong because one of those bigger boxes can weigh up to 60 pounds. And by the way, the big boxes go on the bottom ;). They look really, really fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 03:22 PM

Very nice!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 04:00 PM


Okay, I’m not a beekeeper, The handles are attached with Titebond lll and 2 screws from the inside, some leftover plated deck screws to withstand moisture.

-- Ken

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 04:09 PM

Okay, thanks for the reply!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 09:15 PM

Good job on the beehive, nice joinery

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 01:13 AM

Nice hives. I’m a beekeeper as well. I’ve considered making hives but by the time I priced out high enough quality pine it wasn’t worth the extra time.
As far as keeping them square during glue up, I screw down two cleats on the assembly table at 90 degrees and push into them to keep everything square. I also like champhering the bottom edge so debris doesn’t keep a corner away from the cleat.

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

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#8 posted 03-31-2012 06:27 AM

Good boxes, Kep. Those dovetails will make the boxes good and sturdy. Did you also make her the frames for the combs? Have you considered doing inset handhold handles for the next set?
I have built several Kenya style beehives for a friend, that preferred their natural honey production. Once you get past all the angle cuts, they are easy to assemble.

Let us know how the bees like them.

-- Deeds not Words.

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#9 posted 03-31-2012 08:32 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 03-31-2012 04:28 PM

BTKS, Part of the struggle to keep them square was that the boards were slightly cupped and twisted a small amount. I was able to pull them into shape with clamps. I thought about some kind of corner cleat but as I pictured it in my mind it would have interfered with the bar clamps. Then I reminded myself it wasn’t fine furniture but a bee-hive. When the glue had dried they were very close to square.

Harry_Ch, I did not make the frames I think she had another source for them. The plan I had been given showed external handles that spanned the entire width of the boxes. I didn’t have enough scrap pieces for that so I made them 6 inches long. I thought about making handles using my dado blade but then thought the external handles would provide a better grip.

I will post an update if the bees boycott.

-- Ken

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#11 posted 06-09-2012 01:52 AM

I am a beekeeper and those look like fine boxes, you are right, the bees do not care if the boxes are square or level with each other, the bees fill up all the gaps with sticky propolis and make thier home water tight.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 07-19-2016 03:01 AM

Nice Hives

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