|Project by CueballRosendaul||posted 07-06-2015 10:14 PM||2124 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
The bees are really kicking ass right now. I split my one hive into five hives, then one of them swarmed, and I was able to capture the swarm, so now I have SIX hives! I did sell one of them to the farm owner where I’m placing all but two of them, but I’m still tending to them all.
Especially with four hives to tend which are not in my backyard, I needed a better tote that would fit all my necessary tools to take with me when checking and working the hives. Some others have built tool boxes out of nuc boxes (a small starter box for new colonies), but I didn’t like the fact that they’re really deep boxes and typically have a lid to deal with. I wanted a low open top so I could easily see all my tools.
This box is approximately 9” x 20” and 5” deep. The body is made from cedar, the bottom is 1/2 PT Plywood, and a few of the tool holders are made from pine scraps. The handle tilts out of the way and is made from a closet rod dowel cutoff. Finish is Minwax Golden Oak and one coat of spray-on poly.
The interior has a tool keeper on one side for my hive tool (little pry bar looking thing), a keeper for the bee brush, and a keeper for my frame grabber. It also has a pair of pine pieces to keep the propane tank from rolling around (which is used to light the smoker).
-- 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.