Re: Check Out My New Hive Stands
Each of these stands is made of 2 2x4 treated lumber.
Cut two pieces off each board measuring 11" to be used for the joists. You should be left with two longer pieces and 4 11" cuts.
Nail them together and space the center joists about 2' from the ends. They should fit fine on standard concrete blocks which are 16" long. I dug the concrete blocks into the ground to level them from side to side and put a slight tilt on the front so water can run off.
You will notice in the photo that I had to scab on a couple boards inside because at first I cut the joist 13" and they barely fit on the concrete block so rather than take them apart I just made the base of the stand narrower.
Treated lumber will warp over time with weight on it so the joists are necessary. The 2x4 built this way will support the weight so I did not use 2x6s.
I like to have access to the sides of my hives so I plan on using only two hives per stand. They will hold three. Will probably put more than two nucs on each stand because they are easier to work with. Now I have a place to put boxes and tops on rather than laying them on the ground when I break open a hive.
I've heard of people putting this treated stands directly on the ground rather than concrete blocks. I like to have mine up a little so the grass can grow taller before I have to cut it.
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