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Project by exelectrician posted 07-21-2012 09:25 PM 2350 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new swarm of bees that I was lucky enough to capture from my neighbor’s garden.
So having the tools I decided to make rather than buy the hive in the pictures, a lot of repetion in the cuts and routing helped me learn how to acheive a pleasing level of accuracy.
My Keller DT jig is now starting to feel like an old friend and I would highly reccomend it.
All the parts were cut from a two by twelve sixteen foot construction lumber.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 07-21-2012 09:28 PM

I really like the thought of have a bees hive. So how do you get them to come and how did you make it?


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 07-21-2012 09:55 PM

Nice work.
I am impressed you made the frames too.
You can check out my blog to see how I cut handholds. Deep hive bodies seem very heavy without handholds or cleats.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 10:52 PM

Hi Arlin,
You can look up your local beekeepers association and give them a call they will help you in every way possible to get you started.
I got my plans from Dadant hive or langstroth hive (same thing) I made the mistake of getting my plans from two different places on the web over the years and found some are a 1/4” different on the width, that is why you can see a step in the pile of supers in the photo. take care Vince

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 07-22-2012 01:19 AM

Very cool! I took a bee keeper’s class some years back from George Imari. He invented the Imari shim. you really do want to join a bee keeper’s association as there is a virus and parasites that will kill a hive if not properly attended. They will be very helpful and enjoy having you as a new member.
Good luck with the beehive & it’s occupants!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 07-22-2012 07:22 AM

That’s a great hive you’ve built there and the bees seem to like it too. I’m glad the Keller DT jig took the sting out of the repetitive work.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 07-22-2012 05:14 PM

Hi Andy, The Keller jig was great for the boxes, the thing I forgot to mention was that I used a ultra thin 7 1/4” blade on my table saw to do all the cuts in picture 6, those ultra thin blades from DeWalt leave a glass smooth finnish, and do not waste good wood.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 06:52 PM

nice hives,you did a great job on em

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 07-22-2012 06:56 PM

i got to check out that keller jig

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 07-23-2012 08:49 PM

Hope you are having better luck with your bees than we are in the midwest drought!!! No nectar = no honey and hives that swarmed this spring are having a lot of trouble making enough comb or honey to make it through winter. Hopefully some fall foilage will save the season. Only hope and prayer seem to work now.
Good looking hives by the way!!!

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

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 05:00 AM

The swarm was caught on the 14 March.

Update.. The hive in the picture produced 10 quarts of honey on the 5th of August. This is my most productive starter hive ever.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 10:59 PM

Nice! This is on my short list of projects this winter. I’m hoping to get a hive this spring. I’m glad to see I’m not totally crazy in thinking I can build one myself.

-- Heh heh, you said "wood"

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#12 posted 01-14-2014 11:17 PM

part of the fun of keeping bees for me has always been making my own wooden ware. from boxes down to frames. do your back and your operation a favor and just build medium supers would be my advice. that way you are at liberty to switch frames anywhere they need to be, and there is no confusion with frames or box sizes. the bees don’t care whether they are using 2 deep bodies as a home or 3 mediums. much more versatile. I know this isn’t a beekeepers forum but I couldn’t resist. after all we are making wood boxes and such

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