My First Woodworking Project : Building a Top Bar Hive

29 May

I’m feeling both really stimulated and a little stymied by this project. As it’s my first woodworking project, I’m pretty impressed with myself…but I’m using Phil Chandler’s plans and they’ve been frustrating to follow for an absolute beginner.

I’m now to the roof and kinda stuck…at this point the directions basically say: do whatever. Whatever is less than helpful for me.

Anyway, here are my pictures.

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Day one, part one: Body, sliders, a couple of top bars.

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Day one, part two: Top bars, all the comb guides glued up and weighted down, screened bottom stapled on.

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Day two, part one: entrance holes drilled, landing board glued on (upside down, oops)

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Day two, part two: legs on, roof frame built.

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I’ve also built dividers for a second hive…and want to build at least one nuc while I’m at this….but before I get too ahead of myself…what to do about the roof? I think I may need to put fabric into it so that the bees can’t get up into it (through the gap between he edge of the bars and the roof frame…) and then….how to build the top? Any tips for a complete novice?

–Update–

So based on some input from readers (and the beesource.com forums – love it there) I’ve come up with approximately this:

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The glue is still drying on the triangle pieces (there are 4) and somehow between the parking lot and my office, I lost the foam inserts that go in to seal the ripples off…so I have to take my car apart later and find those before screwing it all together….and then I’m going to staple some burlap into the underside of the roof frame so that bees can’t get up into it, but it vents ala warre quilt…and I’m probably going to try to put it on in overlapping pieces so I can still fiddle with it to stuff insulation in for the winter…..but at that point….I’m done!  Hive 1!  Oh, and then the linseed oil/beeswax coating and the beeswax on the bars.  This is labor intensive, but I’m learning a lot -and- getting a pretty thorough working knowledge of the tools in the woodshop!

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2 Responses to “My First Woodworking Project : Building a Top Bar Hive”

  1. Norma May 30, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    I have a lid on 2 of my KTBH’s that is just like a shoebox lid. Works well. Simple, easy to lift and separate:-)
    In one of his podcasts, Phil mentions placing cloth over the bars. Think he indicated linen type cloth or needlepoint mesh type cloth- not sure but I wish I had that on my hives. Keep planning to do that…

    On all my Warre’s, thin screen like cloth came with hive to be placed over bars and under quilt box. Really like that a lot. Think I should get the same for KTBH’s, been planning to …

    Awesome that you’ve built your own. Way to go!

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