Cut List for a Warré Hive

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The following tables break down the Warré hive into its individual components and provide instructions on how to cut and build those components. This design involves making rabbet cuts.

Lumber in a store is identified by its nominal size, which is its rough dimension before it’s trimmed and sanded to its finished size at the lumber mill. The actual finished dimensions are always slightly different from the nominal dimensions. For example, what a lumberyard calls 1 inch x 6 inch lumber is in fact 3/4 inch x 5-1/2 inch, and 2 inch x 3 inch lumber is actually 1-1/2 inch x 2-1/2 inch.

In the following tables, each Material column lists nominal dimensions, and each Dimensions column lists the actual, final measurements.

Hive Bottom and Stand
QuantityMaterialDimensionsNotes
4 2" x 3" knotty pine 37/8" x 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" These are the leg posts that elevate the hive off the ground.
1 3/8" exterior plywood 16-1/8" x 65/16" x 3/8" This is the bees’ landing board.
1 3/8" exterior plywood 13-1/4" x 13-1/4" x 3/8" This is the floor.
Cut a 4-11/16" x 4-13/16" notch centered along one edge of the floor board. This is the entrance to the hive.
 

[Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design]
Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design

 

Hive Boxes
QuantityMaterialDimensionsNotes
8 1" x 10" knotty pine 13-5/16" x 8-1/4" x ¾" These are the long sides.
8 1" x 10" knotty pine 11-13/16" x 8-1/4" x 3/4" These are the short sides.
Rabbet a cut 5/8" wide by 3/8" deep along one entire inside top edge. This is the ledge on which the top bar frames sit (frame rest).
8 Use the leftover lumber from your 1" x 10" knotty pine 10" x 2" x 3/4" These are the hand rails. Each hive box has two (you make four hive boxes total, hence eight rails).
 

[Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design]
Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design

 

[Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design]
Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design

 

Top Bars
QuantityMaterialDimensionsNotes
32 1" x 10" knotty pine 12-3/8" x 1" x 3/4" Rabbet a cut 7/16" deep by 5/8" long at each end of the top bars.
Cut a saw kerf on the bottom side centered along the entire length, 1/8" wide by 1/4" deep (you’ll place a starter strip of wood into this groove).
32 3/32" balsa wood 10" x ¾" x 3/32" These are the starter strips that you glue into the kerf cut groove.
 

[Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design]
Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design

 

Quilt Box
QuantityMaterialDimensionsNotes
2 1" x 10" knotty pine 13-5/16" x 3-15/16" x ¾" These are the long sides.
2 1" x 10" knotty pine 11-13/16" x 3-15/16" x ¾" These are the short sides.
 

[Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design]
Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design

 

Ventilated Roof
QuantityMaterialDimensionsNotes
2 1" x 10" knotty pine 19-3/4" x 8-5/16" x 3/4" These are the inclined roof boards.
2 1" x 10" knotty pine 15-3/8" x 8-5/16" x 3/4" These are the roof gables.
Along the designated top edge of each gable, make a mark with a pencil 6-7/8" in from the outside edges. Measuring from the top edge, make a pencil mark 2" down on each side edge. Make an angled cut from marks on the top edge to the marks on the side edge. Do this on both sides of each roof gable. This creates the correct pitch for the gables. It’s helpful to refer to the following figure.
2 1" x 10" knotty pine 13-7/8" x 4-3/4" x ¾" These are the short sides.
1 1" x 10" knotty pine 19-3/4" x 3" x ¾" This is the roof ridge board.
1 3/8" exterior plywood 15-3/8" x 13-7/8" x 3/8" This is the inner cover board.
 

[Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design]
Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design

 

[Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design]
Credit: Illustration by Felix Freudzon, Freudzon Design


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