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Vital Stats and Materials List for Kenya Top-Bar Hive

The Kenya top-bar beehive has many design variations, but they all consist of a long, horizontal hive body with sloped sides, top bars (instead of frames), and a roof. The hive's sloped sides tend to result [more…]

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

Cut List for a Kenya Top-Bar Hive

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

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

How to Assemble the British National Hive

Putting together the components of your British National hive (BNH) is pretty much just stacking one component on top of another (like a skyscraper). But there is, of course, a correct sequence. Understanding [more…]

Part of the Series: The British National Hive: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for the British National Hive

Because of its size and expandability, the British National bee hive does well in climates similar to that of the United Kingdom (namely, where summers are hot and winters can be cold, the average annual [more…]

Part of the Series: The British National Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for Floor of the British National Hive

To help you build a British National hive (BNH), the following tables break down and provide instructions on how to cut and build the floor of the hive. The frames and other pieces of the British National [more…]

Part of the Series: The British National Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for British National Brood Chamber and Shallow Honey Supers

If you've decided to build the British National hive, prepare yourself for some fussy cuts on the hand and drip rails for the brood chamber and shallow honey. Read through the cut list tables and the following [more…]

Part of the Series: The British National Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for British National Hive Deep and Shallow Frames

The side bars for the British National hive have a wide profile at the top and taper to a narrower profile at the bottom. This tapered shape provides the correct distance between frames and allows for [more…]

Part of the Series: The British National Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for British National Hive Crown Board and Roof

The following two tables present the cut lists for the crown board and the roof of a British National hive (BNH). In the following tables, each Material column lists nominal dimensions, and each Dimensions [more…]

Part of the Series: The British National Hive: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble the Langstroth Hive

Whether you’re building the ten- or eight-frame version of the Langstroth hive, the assembly instructions are nearly identical. But there’s a correct sequence, of course. Understanding each element’s purpose [more…]

Part of the Series: The Langstroth Hive: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for the Langstroth Hive

Most bee supply vendors offer ten-frame versions of the Langstroth hive — each hive body holds ten frames across. For decades, that’s been the most popular size for the Langstroth. However, as a result [more…]

Part of the Series: The Langstroth Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for the Ten-Frame Langstroth Hive

The following tables break down the ten-frame Langstroth bee hive into its individual components and provide instructions on how to cut and put together those components. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Langstroth Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for the Eight-Frame Langstroth Hive

The following tables break down the eight-frame Langstroth bee hive into its individual components and provide instructions on how to cut and put together those components. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Langstroth Hive: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble the Warré Hive

You’re coming down the home stretch. It’s time to stack things together and build your Warré hive. Start at ground level and work your way up.

Screws and nails will go in easier if you first drill a 7/64 [more…]

Part of the Series: The Warré Hive: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for the Warré Hive

The Warré hive is simple, cost-effective, and has an efficient design. It has been gaining renewed popularity among DIY beekeepers and those seeking more natural approaches to beekeeping. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Warré Hive: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for a Warré Hive

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. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Warré Hive: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble a Double-Screened Inner Cover

Assembling the bits and pieces of a double-screened inner cover for your bee hive is an easy build — just a frame with a couple of screened inserts. Your bees will certainly enjoy the great ventilation [more…]

Part of the Series: Bee Hive Double-Screened Inner Cover: How to Make Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for a Bee Hive Frame Jig

The frame jig you build here holds all the parts to assemble and nail ten bee hive frames at a time (either deep, medium, or shallow). Assembling frames is so much easier when you don't have to juggle [more…]

Part of the Series: Bee Hive Frame Jigs: How to Make Your Own

Cut List for a Bee Hive Frame Jig

To build a frame jig for bee hives, first break it down into its individual components and follow these instructions on how to cut those frame-jig components. [more…]

Part of the Series: Bee Hive Frame Jigs: How to Make Your Own

How to Assemble a Frame Jig for Bee Hives

Clear off your workbench: It’s time to assemble all the pieces of your frame jig, which holds all the parts to assemble and nail ten bee hive frames at a time. [more…]

Part of the Series: Bee Hive Frame Jigs: How to Make Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for Double-Screened Inner Covers for Hives

Your bees will love you for making a double-screened inner cover for their hives. This design for a double-screened inner cover is extra heavy-duty compared to lightweight commercial designs that tend [more…]

Part of the Series: Bee Hive Double-Screened Inner Cover: How to Make Your Own

Cut List for a Double-Screened Inner Cover

To build a double-screened inner cover for a bee hive, first break it down into its individual components The following tables provide instructions on how to cut the individual components for each type [more…]

Part of the Series: Bee Hive Double-Screened Inner Cover: How to Make Your Own

Cut List for the Solar Wax Melter

Build a solar wax melter by first breaking it down into its individual components — these tables show you how and provide instructions on how to cut those components. The top assembly requires a dado cut [more…]

Part of the Series: The Solar Wax Melter: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble a Solar Wax Melter

After you've cut all the pieces of your solar wax melter, it's time to clear a good work space and put all this stuff together. You start with the floor of the solar wax melter and work your way to the [more…]

Part of the Series: The Solar Wax Melter: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for the Solar Wax Melter

To maximize the profits from owning bee hives, you can melt the wax that your bees generate. Pound for pound, beeswax is worth more than honey, so it's definitely worth a bit of effort to reclaim this [more…]

Part of the Series: The Solar Wax Melter: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble the Hive-Top Feeder

With all the parts cut out for your hive-top feeder, it's time to assemble the pieces. The process is identical whether the hive-top feeder you're putting together is for a ten- or eight-frame Langstroth [more…]

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