This is the finished hive body.
Constructed from catalpa with kehoe dovetail splines “dipped” in 300 degree(max) paraffin and gum rosin.
I wanted a long lasting hive body without metal fasteners to corrode. I think this fits the bill,
Outside dimensions are 19 7/8” long x 16 1/4” wide(3/4” thick stock). These are the typical dimensions of a 10 frame langstroth hive.
Rip to 9 5/8” wide
Crosscut front/back to 16 1/4” and sides to 19 1/8”
Front and back boards have a 3/4” wide x 3/8” deep rabbet on the short sides
Front and back boards have a 3/4” wide x 3/8” deep rabbet on one long side to serve as the frame rest
All three rabbets completed
Jig used to mark screw hole placement with awl.
Pre-drilling on my 10ER
Glue, clamp and screw
Water-shedding hand hold jig.
Hive body held in place by shims
Trying to show blade clearance. (blade is actually below the box)
With the blade below the box I start the saw and raise the blade into the wood. Then tilt the blade to 45 degrees and raise the blade again. Then back to 90 and raise and over to 45 and raise then back to 90 degrees. I use 2 revolutions(total) of the blade elevation crank to complete the handhold (Grizzly 1023)
The finished hand hold.
The glue-up used to make the splines
Cutting strips to make the splines
My setup for cutting the splines.
Shop-made magnetic feather boards used as stop blocks.
Grey wood attached to mitergauge to make 1 degree wedges.
Blade tilted to 83 degrees (or 7).
The mountain of splines needed for this batch of boxes.
Jig attached to route out the screw holes.
Router with 5/8” bushing. I prefer the bushing over the bearing that came with the jig.
Glue the spline and socket and tap the wedged spline in for a perfect fit.
My options for cutting the splines close to flush.
Sanding the splines flush.
Top view of the dipping tank with an extra box on top of the one being dipped to prevent floating. The moisture left in the wood is boiled out and when removed from the tank replaced with paraffin as it cools.
A few of the completed hive bodies.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois