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    Repost of one of my old posts 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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    Default Re: stuff to build or make

    Ross,

    The first link for the bottom board is not working.

    I built the frame assembly jig. That and an inexpensive air nailer and compressor has been a great time saver.

    Thanks.
    Wayne

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    Ross,
    Can you explain what I am looking at with the cell incubator.
    Thanks

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    The in-hive cell incubator bar is a convenient way to hatch multiple queen cells in a single hive, without risking having them torn down. This one is sized for the Jenter cell plugs. The slots are to give the bees a way to feed the queens. Using the hive as an incubator insures the right temperature and humidity.

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    I've made a good number of bottom boards using your design. Really nice design - simple and sturdy!

    Appreciate your contributions!

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    The cell incubator is particularly slick - simple to make out of one piece of material - easily adapted for JZBZ or other cell cups. What is the optimal width and depth for the slots? Is that your design?

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    Thanks for the frame jig
    works great got pdf of plan at robo's site but needed photos to understand

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    I stole the in-hive incubator and the frame jig from others, but I have long since forgotten exactly who unfortunately. The slots just have to contain the queen, not much else. I generally make them 1/5" or less. I think 1/4" would allow some virgins to escape.

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    >but I have long since forgotten exactly who unfortunately

    I think it's Burke... who makes the calanders etc. who came up with that design.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Could be. It has been posted by others, but long since slipped from view. That's why I keep bringing them back every year or so.

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    I like the looks of your frame jig Ross....tell me if you use a brad nailer or a finish nailer and what size nails or brads you use ....thank you

    dixie

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    I use a 18 guage brad nailer and 1" brads.

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    thanks for the reply ross...I went out yesterday and bought a pneumatic crown stapler to add to my toys, and started nailing frames together yesterday........can't wait until next spring

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    Ross is a thin kerf saw blade needed to make bottom board of your design using a 2x4 and some 1x4 i noticed you referenced a certain saw blade was wandering if i could use my standard blade carbide tip about 1/8 kerf

    also built your frame jig works great

    Thanks David

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    Dave I'm not sure what blade Ross uses but I used a standard carbide blade to make 4 of these bottom boards this last week and every thing worked out great. In fact I plan on making several more. One thing I did do was use the strip I removed from the 2x4 layed it down and cut it to length inbetween the landing board and the back board so I would not have to roll my screen up the edges.


    before painting and installing screen


    Installed under hive
    Last edited by cklspencer; 07-18-2010 at 08:03 PM.

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    That looks like a great Bottom Board, and I'm going to make it. What type of screen do you use?

    Last edited by honeyman46408; 07-19-2010 at 08:35 AM. Reason: UNQ

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    For the screen you should use 1/8"x1/8" screen I believe that is the same as 8 mesh. On the ones I did I used metal window screen as that was what I had.

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    A bump for spring 2011. I'm starting to see folks building equipment, so here you go...

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    Ross, thanks for keeping this thread in view. Reminds us that spring is "just" around the corner - time to get busy
    Cheers,
    Paul VanSlyke

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