|Project by CueballRosendaul||posted 04-14-2015 01:36 AM||1237 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
I didn’t realize until I logged in today that I’ve now been on Lumberjocks for 1000 Days. I marked my calendar for the 3 year mark (1095 days) to make a special project for myself or my shop.
The shop has been smelling like fresh cut pine and beeswax for over a week now as I’ve been busy building two new hives for my honeybees. The hive I built last year has been okay, but there are some things I don’t like about it, so when I split the hive in the beginning of May, I’ll be splitting the hive into these two new boxes. I don’t have the stands and roofs made yet, so I’ll update those in my blog area under “Apiary” when I get them finished.
Building these two hives was one of those projects that takes waaaayyyyy too long. The ratio of work to satisfaction is leaning heavy on the work side. I could buy comparable boxes (without the bee logo) for about $17 a piece, so I think it was about a break even on the money but took a long time to build.
I’ve decided to downsize my hioves to 8 frame size to make them easier to manage when full of honey. The stain is golden oak and the finish is a spray applied 5 coats of outdoor spar urethane. Two deep boxes (with the bee logos) for the brood boxes, and the medium sized boxes are called “honey supers” which stack on top and will be filled with honey.
The bee logo is a modified version of a design I found online and printed out to duplicate on my Milescraft Panotgraph Router jig. It took several tries on scrap to get it just right, but after I got it dialed in, each one only took about a minute to route with the reduction set to 40%.
-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.