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  1. #1
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    I am interested in TBHs. I saw a picture of one I had to have. Construction has begun. I have one side completed and am almost finished with the second side. I hope this works out. The picture I saw shows a TBH with at least one window on the side.
    I had scavanged some lexan and wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.
    The drawings are based on Scot McPherson's construction.
    Both sides will have viewing ports, 8-1/2" x 14". I origionally planned 16" long, but when I measured the lexan, the most economical use was 14". This is positioned at the front of hive where the brood nest will be. Sliding doors will cover the lexan unless I'm being nosey.
    A follower will be used since there seems to be concensus that bees get discouraged if they are presented with too large an empty space.

    http://nordykebeefarm.com/forum/foru...=36&PN=1&TPN=1
    Jon, N6VC/5

  2. #2
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    Nice job and good detail. This winter I shall build one myself.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

  3. #3
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    Jon

    I built something similar
    it's a medium hive body with a window in the side

    http://drobbins.net/bee's/Dsc00783.jpg

    I was gonna put a window in 2 sides of it but it occured to me that looking at the frames from the side wouldn't be such a great view.
    I put it in the hive with a bait frame in the center and then filled it with frames with starter strips so you can see into it.
    obviously frames full of foundation wouldn't provide much of a view either
    the results are spectacular

    http://drobbins.net/bee's/window2.jpg

    the bee's start off drawing the frame next to the bait frame and work there way out towards the window in kindof a cascading fashion
    it's really been awesome for this newbee to watch

    Dave

  4. #4
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/LangDeepObservation.jpg

    This is a top bar hive, but only temperary as I moved them into a longer hive after they filled it. I put a piece of wood in the center and held it in with toggles on a screw for a pivot.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/BeesOnTopBars.jpg

    Here are the bees inside. Sorry I don't have a picture of the toggles, but they are simply a 2" long piece of wood 1/4" thick or so with a hole drilled in the middle and a screw through the hole so you can turn it so it holds in the "shuuter" or open them and slip the "shutter" out of the window.

    Less work than the rails and slide, but for some it doesn't make that much difference. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Hi Dave,
    I wish I had bookmarked the page that I saw the picture on. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was just what I had been looking for. I had already purchased wood (something I have never done to make bee equipment) because I knew I was going to make something. It's ironic that KTBH were designed to allow for economical construction, but here I am, unable to scrounge 1x12x48 lumber. Oh well.
    Jon, N6VC/5

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