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  1. #1
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    Default BEE BOX Machining Center

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to show off a new machine designed to manufacture Bee Boxes.

    I am the manufacturer, so if the powers that be...decide that I should be in another forum or such, please redirect me.

    To introduce myself, My company is Woodman Engineering in Redding Ca. My main goal in life is to design and build automated production machinery.

    A local bee keeper mentioned that they wanted something better than what they had. I had been wanting to build a machine for some time, to machine the box joint, rack shelf (3/8 rabet), and Scalloped hand hold from pre sized box panels.

    Our first machine has been running for just under a year. Running as needed, has produced about 30,000 Boxes.

    Daily production can be as high as 1000 boxes per day. Future goals are to be at 1400 to 1500 BOXES per 8 hour shift.

    I can be reached at hankb@woodamneng.com or 530-243-8753

    I have pictures, and some video to share if requested. Can I post pictures here?

    Thanks, Hank Bosman

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    I would like to see that. You can post pictures here or link to where they are posted. One of my students installs signs and ATM machines. He made a set of computer controlled table saws that cut everything. Now his garage is full of hives, frames and extracting equipment. A year ago he had not seen a beehive.

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    I will never buy one but I like to see machines work, you can post pics here as long as you follow the posting guidlines http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=227902

    and you can post links to the vedios.
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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Picture and video are both ok, just upload them to any photo hosting site and place a link here. I too would like to see you machine.

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Ok it looks like a workable link is in order.
    Stand by...
    HB

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Prices might be nice, too.

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    To see the BEE BOX Machining Center in action.
    Please take a look at this link to PhotoBucket.

    http://s929.photobucket.com/albums/a...8-08-09030.flv

    or this link to all of what is posted so far

    http://s929.photobucket.com/albums/a...ter%204-28-10/

    Thanks Hank
    Last edited by Topkick; 04-28-2010 at 07:54 PM.

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    NICE but I bet its cost is way outa my league
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    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Here's how they did it 100 years ago...
    http://www.myoldtools.com/boxjoint/

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Yes I have seen that machine. I would kill to have it to restore.

    The best thing about my machine is that the panels are held square and true while being cut at both ends at once. It does not rely on the precut dimension of the panels for the depth of the box joint fingers. Hence the interior dimensions are going to be true and to size.

    This most defiantly is a high production machine made for the producers of bee boxes that make them 24/7.

    The operator just needs to fill the hopper and the machine will continue to run. One man is being used to run the machine, at a reduced rate.

    Hank

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Hank,
    Thank You for the video.
    Just push the red button and stand back. Using that machine can save the dado cuts to the hands.
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Email correction for my first post:

    hankb@woodmaneng.com

    Sorry for the hassle. HB

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    Hey if a guy could sale 30K boxes in a year this would be the machine to buy. What about a machine for frame pieces?
    Thanks for the show and tell,
    Ron Householder

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Nice video, I love seeing stuff like that. How much power does it take to cau all of those box joints at once?

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Hello Ron,
    Well you finally get to see the machine. Glad to see you approve. How many do you want?
    HB

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    We use two 7 1/2 HP motors for the dado heads, two 3 hp motors for the rabbet and hand hold. Plus there is a small DC motor to move the rabbet cutter.

    The load on the dado heads while they are cutting is so close to idle draw that we could use 5 hp motors.

    The machine is controlled by a logic computer to sequence the operations and maintain correct cycling of the componants. Hey...Its just fun to watch do its thing.

    Thanks, Hank

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Wow that's a great looking machine. The biggest one I ever used was an old ammunition box machine, huge casting with two vertical arbors which cut the finger joints and slightly trimmed to length. The carriage would hold twenty pieces at once. Made a HECK of a lot more noise than yours. Looks like the dust collection is well set up too that's a lot of chips from the joints rabbet and handhold. I counted about 5 seconds for the piece so 1000 per day is not undoable. Thanks for showing your machine you have a lot of R & D in it I think.

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    Default Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Great jobs guys!!!!!!!!

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    Thumbs Up Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Very cool.
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    Question Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    Whats it take to set up for different size boxes.

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