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    Re: Slatted rack - simple

    Very nice. I may get around to making these for my production hives. I have a couple I bought. I like the idea of limiting dado cuts to not provide SHB places to hide. I'll be interested in your...
  2. Re: 2015's Queen marking color easier to see

    That's funny right there, I don't care who you are! :lpf:
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    I watched a DIY building hive components series on YouTube a while back, where he suggested painting both the inside and outside of hive bodies. I only paint the outside and edges myself.

    Around...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    I made up some double bottom mediums this past year. I'm using the bottoms as queen castles also. My Nucs are custom sized, 6 frames each. I cut an extra dado down the middle of each end board to...
  5. Re: Dado sets. Comparison Freud SD208 and Oshlun SDS 0842

    I purchased the Oshlun SDS-0842 in Jan 2013 for around $91 bucks. I've used it for a lot of equipment builds, it has performed well for my needs. I can recommend it as a good option without...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Checked most hives on Friday afternoon. The weather broke just long enough to allow me to finish up with the hives at home this afternoon. All 26 that were alive at last check are still going. ...
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    Re: Hinged lid on swarm trap

    I screw my lids on. Use one bait comb and 7 foundationless frames. If you use foundationless, just be sure to level the hive side to side. If not they WILL cross frames top to bottom. I have not...
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    Re: Stuff to make or build

    Thanks for your site Ross - I started in 2011 and made many of the table saw bottom boards. They are easy and functional.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Looking forward to this weekend if the weather cooperates. 46 degrees Sunday in these parts, but a chance of rain. Time to look in on the girls and add sugar where needed. I lost two early this...
  10. Re: Anyone have DIY plans for a uncapping tank ?

    I agree that the supplier tanks seem well over-priced. I just could not justify spending that kind of money on what you way is 2 totes and a honey gate, ridiculous!. I just happened to be walking...
  11. Re: Anyone have DIY plans for a uncapping tank ?

    I just drilled a ton of 1/8th-1/4 inch holes in the bottom of the top tray. I put cooling racks inside the top tray to keep the cappings from plugging the holes. I never did put a honey gate or...
  12. Re: Anyone have DIY plans for a uncapping tank ?

    Here is one I made for around $20.00 ...

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?286185-Hobby-Beekeeper-Uncapping-Tank-for-around-20-00
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    Re: Queen castle plans

    rmaxwell, yes, that is correct. When I'm using the box for NUC purposes, there are six frames on each side of the center divider board. My custom 6 frame medium NUCs are 10.75 inch outside...
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    Re: Queen castle plans

    I make my NUCs custom - 6 frames each. The total width of the bottom box will accommodate two 6 frame NUCS butted up against each other.

    The first queen castle I made was using 6 5/8" medium...
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    Re: Queen castle plans

    One other note. The divider board is slightly taller than the rest. I took Lauri's advice to make sure the divider stands a little proud over the rest of the box. This accounts for shrinkage as...
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    Re: Queen castle plans

    Knisely ... Sure. I had one on the garage that was not finished/deployed.

    You can see each half would hold 6 medium frames. Each 6 frame half is divided (3/8 inch dado to accept 1/4 divider...
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    Re: Queen castle plans

    +1 on BeeCurious advice.

    I too use all mediums and made mine with the full width of a 1x8. Often times QC's hang well below the frame and you want the extra room to avoid crushing them.

    I made...
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    Re: Cutting Foam Board

    +1 table saw
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    Re: Overwintering Mediums

    Yep. I also divided each of the 6 frame halves with a 1/4 inch dado so I can slide another divide and have queen castles (four three frame sections). I used them to raise queens this past summer. ...
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    Re: Overwintering Mediums

    I'm a little further north than you are. I run all medium equipment too. Last winter, I took four medium NUCs through winter in six frame boxes - two high, they all made it. I did give them some...
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    Re: Who makes the best vented bee jacket

    I bought a vented jacket from Golden Bee Products, and really like it. American made, heavy brass zippers.

    http://www.goldenbeeproducts.com

    They custom make their jackets to your measurements.
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    My first winter beekeeping, I had two hives right behind my shed. I was curious and purchase a couple indoor/outdoor thermometers with 10 foot probes. That allowed me to mount the thermometer...
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    Re: Top insulation and vent

    For a quilt/insulation box, I use a standard medium super. I have a 3/4 inch vent hole/entrance drilled bottom center of the box. I make a simple framed insert to fit inside the box and cover it...
  24. Re: When will I ever learn? CAUTION! not for the faint of heart. Nailer accident.

    Been there, done that. I was making some bee equipment a couple years ago and had a brad nail a strip of wood to my finger with the brad coming through my fingernail. That was a fun one to pull out...
  25. Re: What size rubber bands would be best for medium frames?

    I use Staples #32 for medium frames:

    http://www.staples.com/Staples-Economy-Rubber-Bands-Size-32-1-lb/product_808618
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