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My son is getting into beekeeping, and I offered to make him some equipment. Pictured are two full (8) frame hives. Each hive contains the following components.

  • Hive stand
  • Screened bottom board
  • (3) medium supers
  • Inner cover
  • Telescopic outer cover
  • Frame perch

I've also added some "bee" pictures for your enjoyment.

Notice the perfect geometry of the hexagonal cells. Pretty amazing little creatures, aren't they?

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Shopsmithtom,

I guess I'm not spending too much time in mine. ;^D
 

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Tom, they are just the bees knee's. Great job
 

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Hey Grumpy,

Thanks, Mate!
 

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No probs Cobber
 

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What's a "cobber?"

OK, I looked it up: "Australian colloquialism meaning "mate" or "friend."
 

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You got it Tom.
 

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Hi Tom,

Very nice job. I'm hoping the living room is not where the bees will call home!

Lee
 

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Well, Hey Lee!

Thanks Lee. This is the "practical" side of woodworking. They aren't beautiful, but they function well.

As much as we like our bees, I'm afraid that they're going to have to stay in the back yard! (I hope
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Here's a pic of my bees working the comb.

  • First, they lay out the hexagonal comb, which has a slight "tilt" to it to keep the honey from flowing out.
  • Then, they fill the cells with brood or honey.
  • In this picture, you can see the honey in the cells

 

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Hi Tom, it looks like you are in an area where there is a lot of sunny weather and the bees are very healthy. umm if the bees are building comb on the underside of a "honey frame" In my opiniion they may start building queen cells there as well which will lead to premature swarming ( half your population leaving without making there share of honey ) Ha.
 

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exelectrician,

Actually, the reason they built comb on the bottom of this frame was because I had a medium frame in a deep box. I learned by experience why you don't do that. - haha

And, my bees did end up swarming, but I was fortunate enough to be home when they did. I set up a bait hive and to my surprise, they entered it and liked it. Here's a video of the catch.
 

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This is awesome. Honey is one of the things everyone should have a supply of. It will never, never, go bad.
 

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That is correct, Roger. Honey will not spoil.

It has many beneficial properties. Many of my honey customers use it to treat their allergies. It has to work, or these people wouldn't keep buying it. But, it has to be local honey in order for it to be effective.

Of the 1.3 million different types of insects, honeybees are the only insect that produce something that humans eat.
 
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