Building a Beehive

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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

Vital Stats and Materials List for the Hive-Top Feeder

The hive-top feeder is just one of several feeder designs you can use to offer sugar syrup to your bees when the nectar flow is minimal or nonexistent. Feeders also provide a convenient way to medicate [more…]

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

Cut List for the Hive-Top Feeder

When building a hive-top feeder, it's easiest to break it down into its individual components — the following tables show you how and provide instructions on how to cut those components. Separate cut sheets [more…]

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

Cut List for the IPM Screened Bottom-Board

When building an IPM screened bottom-board for bee hives, it's easiest to break it down into its individual components — the following tables show you how and provide instructions on how to cut those components [more…]

Part of the Series: IPM Screened Bottom-Board for Hives: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble the IPM Screened Bottom-Board

Using a screened bottom-board in a hive offers the great advantage of improved ventilation. Poor ventilation is one of the leading causes of stress on a bee colony. A screened bottom-board [more…]

Part of the Series: IPM Screened Bottom-Board for Hives: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for the IPM Screened Bottom-Board

A screened bottom-board really helps with mite control in your bee hive, and you find out how to build one here. With varroa mites a problem for many beekeepers, screened bottom-boards are gaining popularity [more…]

Part of the Series: IPM Screened Bottom-Board for Hives: How to Build Your Own

How to Assemble an Elevated Hive Stand

Now that you've cut out all the parts, it's time to build your elevated bee hive stand. Remember, you need an elevated stand for every hive. [more…]

Part of the Series: The Elevated Hive Stand: How to Make Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for the Elevated Hive Stand

Elevated hive stands keep your bee hives well off the damp ground and provides better air circulation, which keeps the colony drier. The hive's elevation helps deter skunks and other pests from snacking [more…]

Part of the Series: The Elevated Hive Stand: How to Make Your Own

Cut List for an Elevated Hive Stand

When building an elevated hive stand for your bee, it's easiest to break it down into its individual components — the following tables show you how and provide instructions on how to cut those components [more…]

Part of the Series: The Elevated Hive Stand: How to Make Your Own

How to Assemble Langstroth Frames

You assemble all of the Langstroth frames, no matter the size, in an identical manner. Follow these instructions for each frame you put together. Putting together frames can be monotonous, but the assembly [more…]

Part of the Series: Langstroth Frames for Hives: How to Build Your Own

Vital Stats and Materials List for Langstroth Frames

Langstroth frames for bee hives come in three basic sizes — deep, medium, and shallow — corresponding to deep hive bodies and medium or shallow honey supers. The method for cutting and assembling deep, [more…]

Part of the Series: Langstroth Frames for Hives: How to Build Your Own

Cut List for Langstroth Frames

The following tables break down the various Langstroth frames into their individual components and provide instructions on how to cut those components for deep, medium, and shallow frames. [more…]

Part of the Series: Langstroth Frames for Hives: How to Build Your Own

How to Make Tricky Cuts for Side Bars of Langstroth Frames

Side bars for your Langstroth hive frames have a wide profile at the top and taper to a more narrow profile at the bottom. This tapered shape provides the correct distance between frames and allows for [more…]

Part of the Series: Langstroth Frames for Hives: How to Build Your Own

How to Make Tricky Cuts for Top Bars of Langstroth Frames

The top bars of Langstroth bee hive frames require the trickiest cuts. Follow these steps and refer to the following figure to make these cuts. [more…]

Part of the Series: Langstroth Frames for Hives: How to Build Your Own
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