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  1. #1
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    Smile Frame Assembly Jig

    I have 300 frames to put together this week and I am looking to make some kind of frame assembly jig. Anybody have any plans or advice?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    You can check out these plans:

    http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yo...-assembly-jig/

    Beekeeping supply houses sell them too.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    On rosses jig the modification I made was I made the dados a little deep in the end and put in a screw perpendicular to the side bar. I can adjust to the thickness of different end bars on the market. Did that on accident as I make it a little deep on accident and did not want to build it again.

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    thats the one I use. been lookin for it to post a link. couldn't remember where i seen it works great

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    I've used Ross's jig. It is simple to build, simple to use, and super fast assembly.

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    I'll also give a vote for Ross's frame jig. I'm a new beek, and have been cutting my own frame parts. I remembered seeing Ross's frame jig pictures online (the one's he posted here) and made the same thing out of scrap.

    I don't have an air nailer/stapler, so just use wire nails and a tack hammer (and Titebond III). I put together my first 20 frames in about 30 minutes today. Pretty happy with how straight and square they are.

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    I've never used a frame assembly jig before but I was trying to figure out how it saves time. If you have to still put the frames together by hand then wouldn't it be the same amount of time?

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    May be this is one you wiil like



    http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/downlo...ssemblyJig.pdf


    BEE HAPPY Jim 134

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    Sean-

    I have one that Al made. It works great and is easy to make, in fact I can lend you the one I have.

    RP

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    I expect that by simply tweaking the dimensions a bit that Ross's My Old Tools jig can be adapted to create a hive body/box assembly jig. Since I am not real great at creating dimensional spec diagrams it would be much appreciated if someone would create and post a box assembly jig dimensional diagram for assembling 8-frame medium boxes. A diagram similar to this
    http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/downlo...ssemblyJig.pdf would be very helpful.
    Thanks in advance.

    Tim

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    TripleH
    Is this the one you want to make Hive box's with ??



    If so there is a Much better jig made for keeping Square a Hive body
    I don't have it at the moment but I'm sure someone will
    and post it


    Tommyt

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    I use the myoldtools jig also very simple jig that works. I took some roofing nails and put one in each end and then took a small bungee cord to wrap around the side so that it pulls the board tight against the outside. This helps when you go to flip the box over to do the other end of the frames. I could not imagine doing many frames without it.

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    Great pics and explanation Ross. We use a variation of this jig. We do a couple of things differently in assembly #1 is gluing all 10 end bars top and bottom as a block in your hand before putting them in the jig, you will quickly learn how much glue to put on and how to spread it so it dosent drip off and #2 insert the foundation (if using ritecell or plasticell) as you are putting on the bottom bars. Debatable on #2 as the foundation can be inserted pretty quickly after completion as well but there is a knack to doing it as I suggest. 2 people can assemble about 150 frames per hour once you get the hang of it. One more suggestion is to soak the ends of your end bars and bottom bars in water for 5 minutes or so on each end, we do this a few hours before assembly, (seems like too wet might affect glue performance) any wood splitting problems will be a thing of the past.

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    Thanks Mr. Lyon I will give those suggestions a try. I do have problems with the bottom bar splitting sometimes. I never thought about putting the glue on before putting them in the jig. It is time consuming to do each one once in the jig.

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    Two other tools to think about is a 1/4 crown staple gun and a small pin nailer. The staples for assembly. and the pin nailer for nailing wedges when you do your wax. Started this this year and made a big differences.
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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    Quote Originally Posted by TwinkieBee View Post
    I've never used a frame assembly jig before but I was trying to figure out how it saves time. If you have to still put the frames together by hand then wouldn't it be the same amount of time?
    I found it much slower and harder to assemble them square when I tried by hand. The jig just holds everything together and square so your hands are free to run the nailer/stapler/hammer.

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    I zipped out one like ross' on myoldtools in about a half hour. Holds eight medium frames and works like a charm. 200 frames and 25 boxes to build this weekend. I learned last year that building one by one makes you feel like a beekeeper, but turns into work after about two boxes worth.

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    Big Grin Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    What to do.....? Take the easy way out and call Ron and borrow one, or build one of my own. I thought about for a little bit, and I am going to do both. My wife callled me a "People pleasing some of a BEE" Life is good.
    Thanks,

    Sean

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    Default Re: Frame Assembly Jig

    I use a similar jig to put the top and sides together with glue and a pneumatic stapler. Then I pull the frames out of the jig, slide in a sheet of duragilt foundation and then staple on the bottom. I believe this saves lots of time and the foundation is not warped. If you can find a partner to help this goes really fast.

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