|Project by tyvekboy||posted 04-07-2016 12:10 AM||2838 views||32 times favorited||24 comments|
April 6, 2016
This is the time of year (April and May in the south) that carpenter bees are looking for a nest. Your house siding and trim is a perfect place to build one.
If you don’t want to keep patching those bee holes in your siding and trim, fake them out and provide them with a hole in which they can make a nest … (wink … wink).
There are several ideas posted on the internet and here on Lumberjocks but I thought I would post my deluxe version. It doesn’t take much time to make and while you are at it, make several.
You will need some scrap 3/4 inch material, a water bottle and a plastic jar with a lid about 4-1/2 inches in diameter for each bee trap.
Here are the dimensions for the pieces of the box. Solid wood is preferred but plywood would work too.
You will need 2 pieces for front and back and 2 pieces for the sides. These are screwed together after the 1/2 inch holes are drilled at an upward angle on each piece. The front and back holes are centered and located about 1-3/4 inches down from the top. The side holes are about 2 inches down from the peak.
Cut the 45 degree cuts on the sides after the holes are drilled.
Clamp the front and back between the side pieces and make sure the holes are angled upward before pre-drilling and installing the screws. I used 1-5/8 inch decking screws to attach the sides and roof.
You will also need 2 pieces for the hipped roof as illustrated above.
The long one is screwed to the short one and then the assembly is screwed to the top of the box.
You should end up with about 1 inch over hang all around the box.
The top portion of the water bottle is cut about 3-1/4 inch down from the top so it sticks out the bottom and there is enough left to cut slits about 1/2 inch long which are used as tabs to bend over and stapled in place.
This is what the water bottle looks like stapled in place.
The bottom piece has a 2-1/2 hole drilled in the center. An empty water bottle will need to fit in this hole so verify the size you are using before drilling the hole. I had to use a drum sander to slightly enlarge the hole so the water bottle would fit.
This will be inserted in the bottom and secured with 4 screws. Make sure the neck of the water bottle is on the outside of the trap. I used 1-1/4 inch decking screws here.
I used one of these plastic jars that mixed nuts come in for my bottom container that will hold the bees.
The lid measures about 4-1/2 inches in diameter.
On the inside of the lid there is a little bump that I used to place the pointy end of my compass set at 1-1/4 inches and marked a 2-1/2 inch circle. I drilled a hole big enough to fit a scroll saw blade and cut the hole in the lid with my scroll saw.
The lid was then attached with 2 short (1/2 inch) pan head screws.
NOTE: If you want it to look right, put the lid on square jars and position it so that square jars are aligned with the box. Put a mark on the lid and the bottom of the box for a reference. Then remove the jar and attach the lid.
At this point, you are done except for attaching a screw eye in the middle of the roof ridge.
I bent a small piece of coat hanger to attach to the screw eye and put a larger eye (or hook) at the other end of the wire to hang it up.
THE ROOFING MAKES THIS DELUXE
Now if you want to get fancy, you can do what I did. I cut a piece of roofing felt (a little over size) and used hot glue to attach it.
I then got a piece of 3-tab shingle and cut it about 1/4 over sized all around. Using a heat gun I softened it up and formed it around the ridge of the roof. Hot glue was also used to attached it. Just to be sure, I also used 2 staples on either side to mechanically attach it to the roof of the trap.
It’s ready to go. Happy Hunting!
Thanks for looking.
Comments and favorites appreciated. Questions welcomed.
(( NOTE: If you download the 6 preview pictures and put them into a PDF document, you can put it on your iPad and take it to your shop to use as plans while you build this.)
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized