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    Default Stuff to build or make...

    I'm bringing this one back to the top for the newbees.

    Since spring is fast approaching and a lot of new beekeepers come here looking for help, I thought I would start a thread with ideas that work for me. They are free to anyone that wants to use them.

    Bottom Board construction
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/botto...ottomboard.htm

    Frame construction jig (yes, that one)
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/framejig/framejig.htm

    Foundationless frames -- cutting the top bars
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/frames/

    A couple of nucs
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/nuc/

    A sled for cutting box joints (there are tons out there on the web)
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/sled/

    Open feeder (hint, place gravel, sawdust, sponge, etc in the bowl to prevent drowning.
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/beefeeder.jpg

    Queen cell incubator
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/incubator/
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    Ross

    What size holes did you drill for the cell block?
    "I reject your reality, and substitute my own." Adam Savage

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    I used the Jenter plug as a guide, just made it a press fit. I would size them based on whatever you use in your system. The board itself is a standard 2x4, meaning it is about 1.75"x3.5".

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    thanks, Ross!

    I appreciate having these. -Danno

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    Thanks Ross, great stuff and perfect timing!

    What does your bottled water guy think about all the yellow spots on the bottles when he picks them up?

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    That's a standard Walmart type pet waterer. I holds about 3 gallons. You have to let the syrup cool a bit before you fill it or the plastic sags. Don't ask me how I know this (DAMHIKT).

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    Thanx for sharing

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    Right on! Thanks Ross!

    Matt

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    Thought I would bump this back to the top for spring....Don't forget that Michael has a great box nailing jig on his website.

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    Thanks Ross.
    I was particularly interested in your Queen cell incubator. A picture paints a thousand words, but could you elaborate a little? Are the shallow rips standard 1/8 blade kerf and how deep? Do the bees use these rips to feed the queen. Can an escaped queen fight through the kerf?
    I love the simplicity of this incubator

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    Rips are 1/8 inch. You could also do it with a thin curf, 3/16 inch. It does allow the bees to see after the queen a bit. Bees can't get through 1/8. You'll need more like 1/5 if you want bees to get in with the queen. I don't necessarily bank queens in it, but if you can't be there when you need to move cells, it keeps the first queen from killing the others, and they will last a while in it. I've thought about modifying it a bit and ripping the sides off completely and screening it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    Rips are 1/8 inch. You could also do it with a thin curf, 3/16 inch. It does allow the bees to see after the queen a bit. Bees can't get through 1/8. You'll need more like 1/5 if you want bees to get in with the queen. I don't necessarily bank queens in it, but if you can't be there when you need to move cells, it keeps the first queen from killing the others, and they will last a while in it. I've thought about modifying it a bit and ripping the sides off completely and screening it.
    Ross,

    When I saw your photo, I thought about removing the sides also, but that would only work if you continued to stagger the holes - which is fine. An alternative would be to use the router (your favorite tool) to cut stop dados over the sides of each hole and cover with wire. I like the basic design (each frame could hold three ? blocks similar to a cell cup bar) but am trying to figure out a way to get all the queens out rapidly for marking and such. Individual strips of wire on the side might work, but a good way to hinge them would help. I can envision laying the block on it's side, letting the queens crawl up towards the light and hinging the side covers to get to the queen. Just thinking out loud.

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    Getting them out can be a problem. It really is best used where you can't transfer cells to nucs before they hatch.

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    I thought I'd bring this post back into view since we seem to have a number of new members these days....

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    Ross I built 4 of those bottom boards from your pattern, so far.
    That was a great idea, and it says alot of money too.

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    Ross,

    I made and am using four and have four more in the works. Great plan for SBB's. Thanks!

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    Bumping up for spring......

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    Smile

    thanks ross

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    Ross,

    Thanks for bringing this up again.

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