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Project by WoodsmanWoodworker posted 04-25-2011 04:53 AM 1422 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, this a bee hive i have been working on, again like most of my stuff not high quality. The reason is i use only hand tools as you may or may not know and without the proper tools, while it still can be done, it is harder to acheive perfection. It is proving especisally difficult for me to find old hand tools, but buying new ones becuase specialty items i guess is expensive, for me anyway. Back to the hive, this is my first one so i plan to make another one and redo things i’d like to make better. It is up and outside as of today, but i need to hope a sawrm moves in or someone calls me to get a swarm bercuase i missed buying bees, too late in season i guess. The last pic is how i used popcicle sticks for the comb to hang from, basically a cheaper way of dong it. I will give you more pictures of the inside, but i got rained out so i hope these do for now. Enjoy

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~





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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 05:30 AM

Hey, you are building a bee hive and not a piece of furniture. Both this one and the bat house look good.

Don’t spend your time worrying about what tools you don’t have and use the ones you do have. Each thing you build will teach you something and it gets easier and better.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 05:49 AM

Yes, thank you. I do try to think positive, but when i come on here and see what my work cuold look like i just wish i had the tools to do it right. Thanks though, i appreciate it.

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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SASmith

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#3 posted 04-25-2011 07:09 PM

You can “bait” the hive with lemongrass oil to help lure a swarm.
Each year I put out bait hives with an old black comb that has been used for rearing brood plus a q tip dipped in lemon grass oil. It works.
Good luck
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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mafe

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#4 posted 04-25-2011 08:51 PM

Sweet for my sweet honey for my honey.
Well done.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 01:59 PM

hey woodsman
you do a good job with what you have don´t put your self down
I know how hard it can be and building for outside don´t need the big $ finish look
and you even have teached a few to go other ways …. just with this using popcicle sticks
ceep up the good work

take care
Dennis

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rance

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 02:46 PM

You don’t have to have all the ‘fancy’ and expensive tools to get things done. Good job, I hope the bees find you as their new friend.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Woodbutcher3

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 03:17 AM

Is this the triangular hive know as a Kenyan hive?

In Kenya they actually hang these from rope and string to keep all the othe insects at bay.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#8 posted 04-27-2011 04:27 AM

i type of it, this is a top bar hive.

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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