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Project by Dandog posted 03-13-2011 04:06 AM 2318 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was lucky enough to get this commission. She asked for specific details. She wanted a feeder station on the top level So she can feed the bees in front of the class.The top-level is made of plexi glass with two slots on either side of the feeder. Which is just a simple plastic trough with screen.There was also a worry of bacteria and off gassing of strong glues. So I had to use a stainless tube on the top with screen on the bottom of the tube so the bees can get out. It had to be a press fit so I didn’t have to use glue.There are two slots on the top for air.She wanted 2 frames to fit inside ob beehive.
all an all it was a very interesting build and learned a lot about bees. It’s finished up with a beeswax finish. Mineral oil and beeswax on the inside And Golden teak oil and beeswax on outside. I made all the molding and it’s my design.The base is Walnut and the carcass and moldings pine.
Thanks for reading. She has no idea what it looks like I hope she’s happy .

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment





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twokidsnosleep

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 04:48 AM

Looks really cool
I would love to see it when the residents move in!!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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SonnyGarcia

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 04:54 AM

Neat idea and you did a nice job. I like the dovetails on the top edge. That was a nice touch. Most people would butt joint or lap joint an edge but I see you dove tailed it.

I keep bees also. They are fascinating insects.

Take care,

Sonny

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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Dandog

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 05:22 AM

Hey thanks Sonny and twokidsnosleep when she sents me pics when the bees are inside I’ll post them.Bee’s are interesting Benjamin Franklin said.we would only last for 4 years without them.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#4 posted 03-13-2011 05:53 AM

We have been losing bee hive colonies like crazy over recent years so your quote by Ben Franklin is a little ominous

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Dandog

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#5 posted 03-13-2011 05:58 AM

we need to help all our farmers Bee’s berries whatever

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#6 posted 03-13-2011 07:02 AM

Cool! Great job. Woodworking teaches you more than just woodworking. Thanks for sharing. Play / “bee” safe!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 03-13-2011 08:34 AM

I would love to set up a home hive in my yard somewhere….let those little suckers pollinate the garden. Might have to go and chat with an expert about that.
Had a hornet’s nest one year, it looked like a huge rugby ball in a rhododendron tree. When I would water the garden, one of the ‘guards’ would sit on top of the nest and watch my every move.
I think bees are really cool

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 03-13-2011 08:50 PM

That’s awesome. Maybe she’ll pay you in honey? I have heard that eating local honey helps with seasonal allergies. I would love to have a beehive in my backyard. A lot of farms out here have the beehives in those white boxes stacked out in their fields. Maybe she’ll let you take another picture when it’s set up and in use?

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