Bee Hive Display

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Project by wdbutcher71 posted 09-18-2011 01:55 AM 3100 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bee display hive for the local state fair. Framing grade 4×4 for the frame and blue heart pine for the bottom cabinet. Plexi glass covers all around. Finger jointed thur out. Thanks for reviewing my project.

-- Matthew M. Central Washington

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 03:36 AM

do you have any pics of the hive once the bees are in it?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 03:50 AM

I’ll second that request for colonized pics. How do you plan to get the bees to start building in there? Are you inserting a comb from an existing hive? Is there a cover? What is the square root of 2? To bee or not to bee??? Okay I’m all out of questions :D

-- Jesse --

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 06:03 AM

This is very useful. I’m sure a lot of people will be able to understand more about beekeeping through this display hive. When I got into beekeeping I realized there were a lot people who didn’t know much about honey bees. I hope it all works out.

Ever think about making hive bodies and supers? Ever attempted to build frames for the comb? I’ve only assembled my hive from a kit, but the thought of building my own crossed my mind a few times. I was always detered by the finger joints though.

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 07:14 AM

The display is for a friend who is a bee keeper so I don’t know much about them myself. From what he has told me, he will take frames from an established hive and insert them in to this display. The plexi on both sides is screwed in place so he will just take off one side. Once he has the bees in it I will update my post.

-- Matthew M. Central Washington

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 07:20 AM

@Uriel7 don’t let the finger joints throw you off, one of the easiest joints you can cut. Easy to layout as well. Just have to layout carefully and cut clean.

-- Matthew M. Central Washington

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#6 posted 09-18-2011 01:32 PM

I wanted to start a bee hive but am concerned with bears. We have a few visit every year. Nice project btw

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 09-18-2011 03:31 PM

woodbutcher71: Do you still have plans? I’ve seen these at a few places and I think it would be neat to have one for our local fair. Not to mention, my daughters could use it for 4-H. Excellent work. Thanks for the post.

Uriel7: wdbutcher71 said it correctly. The finger joints are simple. An auxilary face on a miter guage and a dado blade and you’r set! Lots of layout and jig directions on here and other sites.

snowdog: Electricity is your friend! From the bee sites I’ve studied, an electric wire around the top of an apiary fence will do wonders for keeping the bears at bay. They are not an issue here so I’m talking out my backside. Just passing on what I’ve seen. My wife and I started bees this spring and absolutely love them. Two hives, two bee packages, two suits and misc startup equip ran a little over $1000.00. For a satisfying hobby, that really isn’t a bunch of money but it hit our budget pretty hard. If the hives pull through this winter and do well next year they could go a ways toward paying for some more hives and equipment. Honey sells local here for $4.50 to $6.00 a pound. By the way, it wieghs 12 pounds per gallon where water weighs 8 pounds per gallon. If you have a good year, after the bees are established, you can vary from 35 to 200 pounds in a single hive. Varies by quality of flowering, region of the country, queen, etc, etc. 200 is exceptional and not a typical result.
Oh, I got to jabbering. Good luck.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 09-18-2011 05:30 PM

You can download some plans for a 3-frame observation hive here and lots of other bee stuff you can build:

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 04:53 PM

@BTKS no sorry I have no plans for this frame. I had a sample that I took measurements from. And even with that I managed to have a couple of oops. Basically you need to figure out the void the frames are going to occupy and then work out from there. Allow your self extra room top and bottom. That is where I went wrong. My disply will hold four frames but there is not much extra room top and bottom. My friend is going to try it out and if needed I can take some out of the top and respace the hangers.

-- Matthew M. Central Washington

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