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Project by TomFran posted 07-12-2010 03:00 AM 4409 views 8 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is getting into beekeeping, and I offered to make him some equipment. Pictured are two full (8) frame hives. Each hive contains the following components.

  • Hive stand
  • Screened bottom board
  • (3) medium supers
  • Inner cover
  • Telescopic outer cover
  • Frame perch

I’ve also added some “bee” pictures for your enjoyment.

Notice the perfect geometry of the hexagonal cells. Pretty amazing little creatures, aren’t they?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 07-12-2010 03:18 AM

These look cool Tom . Did you have a book or one to copy or have you been into beekeeping to know all of the elements

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 03:57 AM

Tom those look really nice. Is you son going into this as a hobby or to try and make some money at it? What did you use for lumber and where did you get the plans?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Steely

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 04:02 AM

Tom looks good My sister and her husband are bee keepers. I have made a bee vacume and wax melter for them. I’ll send some pics next ti

-- Steely, Lakeland ,FL

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BacktotheWood

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#4 posted 07-12-2010 04:06 AM

Tom, those are going to be some very lucky bees. Really nice work

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 05:29 AM

Very nicely done. I guess I am with the others wanting to know how to find out where to get info on building these? Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 05:50 AM

Nice supers! You gonna paint outside too?

I go past a hive field and they have multicolored hives. Not sure if bees use colors to find home?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 07:08 AM

Awesome job, looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 01:03 PM

Paint them! Why he should use beeswax to finish them LOL!

A honey of a job on these, some sweet frames just bee careful when you take them out to the field…

Okay on reading these they are not nearly as funny as they were in my head…I need more sleep :-)

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TomFran

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 02:03 PM

a1Jim,

I bought a hive with all of the components from a supplier. I used it as the model for mine. There are complete plans online to build your own.

I personally got into keeping bees this year when a friend captured a swarm of honeybees and sold me the bees along with some used hive equipment. We have already harvested about (27) half pint jars of honey.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 02:06 PM

Max,

My son is going into it as a hobby at the present time.

I built the equipment out of white pine, which is commonly used for this purpose in the beekeeping world. It is light, inexpensive, and if properly painted will provide years of service in the field.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#11 posted 07-12-2010 02:08 PM

Steely,

Yes, I’d like to see your vacuum and wax melter! That may be something I’ll need in the near future.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#12 posted 07-12-2010 02:10 PM

Ron Peters,

Yes, my son will apply a primer and two coats of quality exterior latex paint to the outside of the hive boxes.

The bees don’t care about the color of the boxes. That is up to the beekeeper’s preference.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#13 posted 07-12-2010 02:13 PM

BacktotheWood,

Thanks! Yes, the bees should be pretty happy in their new homes. And, if they produce a goodly amount of honey, the beekeepers will be happy too!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 07-12-2010 02:13 PM

Qmoney,

Thank you!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#15 posted 07-12-2010 02:18 PM

Mark Shymanski,

Actually, some beekeepers use a hot-melt wax finish on some of their equipment.

As for the frames you see in my pic, we bought the components and assembled them. It made more sense to purchase these, because they are made from “select” pine and are way too intricate to make when you can buy them pretty reasonably.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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