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Flashing and Wire for Building Your Beehives

Wood isn’t the only material you work with as you build beehives. A number of beehive designs make use of metal — specifically, aluminum flashing and wire hardware cloth. [more…]

Assemble the Parts of Your Beehive

After you measure, mark, cut, and join all your materials, it’s time to assemble everything into an honest-to-goodness beehive. Here are a few simple hints that makes building your hives and equipment [more…]

Safety before You Begin to Build Your Beehive

Before you pick up a hammer to drive a single nail into your beehive, spending a few moments to review some safety basics is essential. Any sharp tool has the potential to create the kind of danger in [more…]

Follow Safety Practices while Building Your Beehives

Safety involves more than just wearing the right safety gear. You want to ensure that your workshop environment and your own behavior keep safety paramount. Here are some critical best practices to follow [more…]

A Few Essential Hand Tools for Building Beehives

Here are some basic hand tools you will need for building nearly all the beehive build plans you'll likely come across: [more…]

The Right Saws and Blades for Building Beehives

Forget about old-fashioned handsaws. You won’t likely use them on any beehive projects. They’re slow going, tiresome to use, and simply not precise enough for the task. [more…]

Nice Tools to Have For Building Beehives

It’s mighty fun to consider those extra shop toys that make work on your beehives easier, faster, or more enjoyable. So even though the following items aren’t absolutely necessary, they’re a great way [more…]

How to Choose Lumber for Your Beehive

Beehives are typically made from wood. You have hundreds of kinds of wood to choose from. But from a practical and financial viewpoint, you should limit your “discovery” to those woods that are readily [more…]

Size Up Lumber for Your Beehive

Here's all you need in order to size up and purchase lumber for building your beehive. For example, most everyone has heard of a two-by-four. It’s the lumber used to frame a house. And that’s how you’d [more…]

Types of Fasteners for Building Beehives

Fasteners are the screws, nails, and staples you use to assemble your beehives and equipment. There are gazillions of different screws and nails in the marketplace. If you plan to build a number of different [more…]

Kinds of Roofing and Screening Materials for Beehives

The roof of your beehive takes the brunt of abuse from sun, rain, snow, and other climatic challenges. The roof (or outer cover) is a critical component for keeping your hive dry and your bees safe from [more…]

Protect Your Beehives with Paint and More

After you build your masterpiece beehive, you’ll want to protect it from the elements. After all, most of this beekeeping stuff is intended to be kept outdoors year-round, where rain, sleet, and the gloom [more…]

What Do Bees Need in a Beehive?

The hive is the bees’ home. As a doting beekeeper, you aim to provide an environment for your bees that meets or exceeds the needs they seek out in nature. Here are the basic housing requirements for raising [more…]

Building Beehives: Checking Regional Laws and Requirements

Before you build a terrific new beehive, you need to know where you’re going to put it. You should become acquainted with legal, neighborly, and venue considerations before you do this. [more…]

How to Talk to Your Neighbors about Your Beehive

Whether you live in the country or the city, for many among the general public, ignorance of honeybees is complete. Having been stung by hornets and yellow jackets, they assume having any kind of bee nearby [more…]

Pick the Perfect Location for Your Beehive

You can keep beehives just about anywhere: in the countryside, in the city, in a corner of the garden, by the back door, in a field, on the terrace, or even on an urban rooftop. You don’t need a great [more…]

How to Cut Lumber for Your Beehive

Follow these steps to make cutting your lumber (both board lumber and plywood) easier and to give you better results when building your beehives. Cutting wood with a table saw isn’t difficult, but it surely [more…]

The Parts of a Beehive

One way or another, handmade beehives are designed to provide the bees with shelter from the elements, a space to raise brood, a space to store honey, and adequate ventilation so that the bees can regulate [more…]

How to Assemble the Five-Frame Nuc Hive

After you have all the pieces cut for your five-frame nuc hive, it’s time to put it all together and build your hive. Start at the bottom (the ground) and work your way up [more…]

Part of the Series: The Five-Frame Nuc Hive: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for Five-Frame Nuc Hive

A five-frame nuc (or nucleus) hive is a small beehive with five frames of bees. If you'd like to build a nuc, here are some vital stats you need to know and a materials list for shopping. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Five-Frame Nuc Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for a Five-Frame Nuc Hive

The following tables break down the five-frame nuc hive into its individual components and provide instructions on how to cut and build those components. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Five-Frame Nuc Hive: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble the Four-Frame Observation Hive

If you’ve cut all the parts for your four-frame observation hive, you’re ready to put it all together. Here are a few pointers to follow throughout this beehive assembly: [more…]

Part of the Series: The Four-Frame Observation Hive: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for Four-Frame Observation Hive

Having an observation hive is great, even when you have conventional hives in your garden. The pleasure and added insight it gives you about honeybee behavior is immeasurable. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Four-Frame Observation Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for a Four-Frame Observation Hive

The following tables break down the four-frame observation hive into its individual components and provide instructions on how to cut those components. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Four-Frame Observation Hive: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble the Kenya Top-Bar Hive

To assemble a Kenya top-bar hive, gather all your tools and components. You begin at with bottom of the hive and work your way up and up.

The screws and nails will go in easier if you first drill a 7/64-inch [more…]

Part of the Series: The Kenya Top-Bar Hive: How to Build Your Own

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