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Forum topic by paulmon posted 01-31-2018 04:27 PM 426 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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paulmon

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01-31-2018 04:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bee hive beekeeping cedar

Having a woodworking shop is almost essential if you are a beekeeper. Besides repair and building it allows for experimentation.

With our wet wet wet winter last year (and this year seems to be the same) I decided to make bee boxes out of cedar 2×6s. To get the necessary widths I splined pieces together, then planed everything down from 1 1/2” to 1 1/4”. The inside dimensions are the same as a standard Lang, so I can use other boxes and frames.

I made 3 deeps, 2 mediums, a bottom and screen board. For the roof I came up with something different, only to find an old painting of exactly the same thing.

If I had a lot of hives I wouldn’t do this, but because I am just a backyard beekeeper, I decided to make something ‘nice’.

The making of:
http://openwoodshop.com/yard/bees/cedarbeehive.php

And here’s a pic:

Paul M


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#1 posted 01-31-2018 05:52 PM

Nice looking bee hive.
I would suggest putting a piece of metal roofing over the top for greater durability in the wet climate. I have done this with numerous bird houses, bat houses, and wood duck nests I have made in not quite so wet Oregon and found that they last a lot longer. Pieces of rolled composition roofing works too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-01-2018 04:11 AM

I thought about metal, but getting to lay right is difficult, so I opted for a layer of fiberglass on top.

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#3 posted 02-01-2018 04:16 AM

I agree, nice bee hive.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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