box jointed bee hives / bee houses, bee larva supers for 3 new swarms i captured

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Project by aurora posted 05-30-2015 07:24 PM 981 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 09:09 PM

Nice brood boxes. That should make them right at home. I am a little envious of the swarms. You don’t seem to see many up in this neck of the woods. The last one I got called on was six years ago. Great job, and good luck with the bees.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 10:07 PM

Great boxes.
Nice gouge work on the handholds.
Here is my method for langstroth hives.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 02:50 AM

jeff, check out this article on capturing swarms

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#4 posted 05-31-2015 10:45 PM

Very interesting and informative, I’ve thought about a bait hive, maybe it’s time to try it. Thanks for sharing that article.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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