|Project by aurora||posted 05-30-2015 07:24 PM||1118 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
my buddy and i caught 3 swarms of honey bees last weekend in some trees. we already have 3 hives between us and were excited for 3 more. they look to be italian bees. built the boxes from pine, using box 3/4 inch box joints. i make the jig finger .004” smaller than the router bit, and set the box finger to be .006” smaller than the router bit, that way i get some glue space and not too tight of a joint and the machined slot still has a few thousands of an inch clearance on the jig finger. i generally use a jig backer board that is at least 5/4” because i seem to get consistent chip out between the jig finger and the slot in the backer board. for the hand holds: i cut a slot on my table saw about 5/8” deep on center, and use a gouge to rough out the rest.
box joints are a fairly easy, cool looking method of joinery. takes longer to make a jig than build the 3 langstroth bee hives.
thanks for looking.