|Project by stanley_clifton||posted 02-15-2010 12:47 AM||4374 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Made from rough pine with some scrap oak for the lid sides and runners, this box is intended to help out our natural pollinators come the spring.
Here in England some of our native bumble bees have gone extinct and others are threatened. There’s been a scare about honey bees and colony collapse disorder, but bumbles are actually better pollinators.
Following dimensioning with band saw and shooting board, the box is banged together with the brad nailer. The lid just drops over with the side slats holding that bit of roofing felt down. The 20mm entry hole is reinforced with another piece of scrap oak.
Any woodworker can make one of these in a couple of hours. They are unobtrusive in any garden or yard and can make a real difference to our hard-pressed natural pollinators. Why not knock a couple up from rough stock or scrap? If you have no garden, give a box as a gift to someone who does.
PS. One has to poke a bumble bee in the eye before it will sting.
-- Stanley generally struggling