building a hive

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by Jc05, May 12, 2006.

  1. Jc05

    Jc05 Well-Known Member

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    I've found some diagrams to build a hive, but none really show the inside frames? are they just square frames with nothing in between? Does anyone have a good diagram that shows how to build a hive? I"d like to try beekeeping for a hobby since my grandpa used to keep them. I thought all I had to do was get a hollow log and put a hinged lid on it and a bottom. I guess things have changed :)
     
  2. cowboy joe

    cowboy joe Hired Hand

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    I built my woodenware this winter using these plans:

    http://www.beesource.com/plans/index.htm

    Here is a picture of the completed hive including the slatted rack, 2 deep supers, a honey super, a hive top feeder and the top cover.

    http://www1.snapfish.com/slideshow/...ID=1240739806/a=14069951_14069951/t_=14069951


    The dandant type frames are also shown:

    http://www.beesource.com/plans/frame.htm

    http://www1.snapfish.com/slideshow/...ID=1240739806/a=14069951_14069951/t_=14069951

    I found the drawings to be well documented and did not encountered any discrepancies in the dimension given. All of the components, including the frames fit together without binding or unnecessary slop.

    Hope that helps.
     

  3. dcross

    dcross Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you're looking for simple, a top-bar hive can't be beat.
     
  4. Ol'Reb

    Ol'Reb aka Mr T-Bone

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    Trust me... you can't build your own frames for less than you can buy them.
     
  5. btai

    btai Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Ol'Reb, unless you're *seriously* trying to save every last penny...build the boxes, tops, bottoms, feeders, etc and just buy the frames & foundation. I have very few handyman skills and I was able to make the boxes from 1 x's and tops & bottoms from 4 x 8 sheets of 3/4 plywood without any difficulty with just a table saw and a dado.
     
  6. Mike in Ohio

    Mike in Ohio Well-Known Member

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    I'm with Ol'Reb as well. As far as I'm concerned it's enough work putting them together from bought pieces. Then again, I still have about 150 frames to clean up and put new foundation in and another 50 or so new ones to put together. This includes brood frames for 10 new hives and some additional frames for honey supers for existing hives. It looks like it is going to be a good year for honey flows if the flowers and weather hold up like it's started around here. I thought about making everything myself but if a frame lasts me 3-4 years on average, the cost of buying is cheap enough that my time is worth more doing something else around the place.

    As usual, just my 2 cents.

    Mike
     
  7. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    I also agree, I build a lot of my own stuff but the frames are bought.

    :D Al