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  1. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    Just came through my first major sting event, 22 stings exactly one week ago. Now I have a good healthy fear. I figure I'll settle down again after a few good experiences again with the bees.
  2. Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Thanks John! They look great. How much cooler is it than the typical cotton getup.
  3. Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Best response!
  4. Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Thank you everybody for your thoughtful replies. I expect this is just something I will learn from and move forward. I am still keeping bees for the moment.
  5. Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Could be. This is the first time I've dealt with aggresive bees like this. 22 was what made it through my bee suit. I removed many, many, more from the suit itself that didn't get to me inside.
  6. Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Do you have a link to your bee suit supplier?
  7. Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    I had a couple of old supers (from first owner of the bees) that were pretty rotted out and decided to replace them. I bought some lumber and made new boxes and painted them. It was a pretty nice...
  8. Re: Wanting to build TBH for next year - Q's on construction material

    I've built hive boxes from cedar, pine, spruce, and hemlock. So far as I can tell they all perform the same. I enjoy working with cedar but dollar for dollar, it's hard to beat pine.
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    Re: I guess I'm lucky right now.....

    I tried Warré Hives but found that it didn't suit my beekeeping style. I'm back with Langs but am gradually switching everything over to 8 frame mediums.
  10. Re: What woods are the best for making your own woodenware?

    I am currently building a wood airplane. You think finding good lumber for beehives is hard...LOL try finding aircraft grade lumber that doesn't break the bank.

    I've started frequenting the...
  11. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Not a bad idea Michael. A jig with ratchet straps in place of standing on the box would be cool too. Thanks!
  12. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    I like the flexibility too. If I need a hive like today I can knock one together pretty quick.

    A few years ago my father n' law and I caught a swarm in a cardboard box. Working together we...
  13. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    I always have plenty of scrap lumber from other projects, a number of my boxes didn't cost anything. Hard to beat free.
  14. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Not yet, I just started using a Dado blade on the table saw. The router should work though, especially if you knocked up a jig.
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    Re: Uncapping/Extractor Room Floor

    LOL you could always just hang it back in the shower.
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    Re: Uncapping/Extractor Room Floor

    I am still doing crush and strain. I don't put anything on the floor. I crush everything in plastic ziplock bags and then dump it into a cheescloth lined sifter so that it can drip ino the pot. ...
  17. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Level isn't as important as flat....
  18. Re: red and orange liquid on the rear legs of a a bee or two

    Mmmmm cherry honey....
  19. Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    I have never felt that sugar water was good for bees, properly prepared or not. I don't feed my bees. I am very careful about how much honey I take from them, it's best leave them plenty to live on.
  20. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    I prefer to use finger joints myself and I am just a hobby keeper. BUT I am also kind of a carpentry nut so I am a little different.

    Honestly I think all beekeepers should take an interest in...
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    Re: Why does open feeding set off robbing?

    Dunno, I never feed my bees.
  22. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    Make sure your work table is flat before you build the box on it...
  23. Re: What woods are the best for making your own woodenware?

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    For making very precise wooden ware that resists bowing, cupping, twisting, or any other wood maladies it's not so much about the species of wood but the selection. I buy excellent pieces...
  24. Thread: My new Toy

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    My new Toy

    Picked up a Dado cutting blade and made a quick crosscutting sled jig to test it out last night. Took a bit of tweaking but it works now.
    Finally I can make those finger joints! Unfortunately the...
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    Re: Warré Woodworking

    I can't say if you should pretreate with acetone first or not. I can say I didn't know about that or bother with it. I usually sand things before I glue them. Otherwise I just glued and screwed. ...
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