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Thread: My New KTBH

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Pendleton, Indiana USA
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    Default My New KTBH

    My new hive is built, using the same plans as my first; with just a few differences.

    This hive is built using 1 full inch thick Southern Yellow Pine and finished with a Semi transparent Cedar stain.

    The hive is 48 inches long and 34 inches to the top bars.

    The sides are 14 inches wide and cut at 22.5 degrees. I cut the top and bottom side boards at 22.5 so the top bars and bottom board would fit flat against them.

    I notched the bars 1/8 inch by 1 1/8 inches so they will lay flat on the top of the sides and not move very easily.

    It has a 3 foot long by 5 inch wide thick Plexiglas window for viewing the girls at work. The Plexiglas is flush recessed on the inside and silicone in place.

    I used a router with a Rabbit bit on the bottom of each side board to make a 3/4 inch wide by 1/8 inch deep cut in the boards; then cut my #8 screen so it would fit nice and snug all around the bottom and not interfere with my bottom board when closed or follower boards.

    I built the roof using 3/4 inch exterior grade ply wood and insulated the inside with foam board. It is shingled with dimensional style shingles.

    The Top/Roof, Window cover and Bottom board are all hinged with a brass piano hinge.

    My top bars are 1 1/8 inch and 1 1/2 inch by 17 1/8 inches long so they will interchange with the other hive I built. Each bar is grooved down the middle and 2 inches in from each end using a 1/8 inch tapered router bit. I'll fill the groove with Bee's wax and cross my fingers our new family likes their home.

    Check our photo's out on PhotoBucket.

    http://s1090.photobucket.com/albums/i373/MRTMEA/

    My next project is to build a habitat area for the hives, I have a load of Cedar Slab wood I'm going to use to build a fence for decoration and to protect the hives from the wind.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Weatherford,Texas,USA
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    456

    Default Re: My New KTBH

    that is some sharp looking hives
    "It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!" Zapata

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Charles Town, WV
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    Default Re: My New KTBH

    Well... I guess I won't be posting any more pictures of my nearly completed KTBH, unless I can cook up some story about how I tried to replicate a guy from a third world country who'd never seen a power tool before the Peace Corps volunteer handed it to him 2 minutes before beginning to build it...

    Beautiful work!

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