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  1. #1
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    Default Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    100_1065.JPGMade from excess 3/16 by 3/4 cypress strips from ocean kayak built last Summer. The colored wood is either cedar or walnut. (running a little short of scraps)
    100_1064.JPGFront view. Double thickness at entrance to protect from rain. 1 1/2" opening. Black latch locks top to hive.
    The heck with it I get tired of "pending approval"
    The top bars are langs with 3/16" dowel to the shape of the hive.
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    Last edited by affreux; 02-08-2012 at 12:50 PM.

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    That's purty. Of course a swarm of bees will now come into your yard, fly right past, and move into an upside down spackle bucket ten feet away.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Nice job. Building a top bar hive can be a lot of fun.

    Thanks for posting the images.

    Adam

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Thats so nice I wouldn't want to put it outside in the weather!

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    I have a bunch of strips that have been bead and coved, isn't that what it's called? I just call it tongue and grooved. I bought it after I took a cedar strip kayak class years ago. I had thought about making a TBH from it, too, so it's cool to see that you actually did. Did you fiberglass the hive like you probably wood have the boat? I figure that would weather proof the heck out of it..........

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Very Nice

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    That is sure nice and I think it would be fun to have full of bees. I have a driftboat that I built using same methods and its outside about 6 months out of the year. I have to revarnish every other year to keep it looking nice. Will you just let it age or try to refinish?

    Mike
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
    100 hives in Western Wa State

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    BUZZ and miller, Put one coat of fiber and three coats of glass with five coats of spar varnish. Hives in fairly shady area so I hope I can revarnish every other year top only. Have some good pictures of frames but BIG problem loading anything. Didn't use the bead and cove just plain down on edge of strip. Lot easier and less crack visible on short cruves.100_1070.JPG

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Cool hive. I'll be interested to see how those frames work out.

    Best,
    Matt

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Really neat!

    Regards - Dennis
    I once wrangled bees. But now, knowing better, I just let them bee.
    http://talkingstick.me/category/bees/

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Those frame may come in handy for the honey combs on a warm day thats for sure.



    Mike
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
    100 hives in Western Wa State

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Hey that's a great looking hive and I like the top bars too. Looking ahead when you get bees to occupy the hive if they decide to attach their comb to the sides you may have to figure out a good tool to cut that comb lose.

    Marlon

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    beeutiful work

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Can we see it open?

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Very pretty... almost too pretty to sit out in the yard.

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    100_1070.JPG100_1068.JPG
    Hopkin, They shouldn't any more that with a lang, but if they do i'll remove the follower board and cut and move each one in turn as with any top bar.

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    Very, very nice. I can't wait to see it filled with comb. Keep us posted.
    Jack

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    That's what's so great about TBHs. You can be as creative as you want or as minimalist as you want. And you can use up materials you have lying around the shop. (Not so, Langstroth hives) You know how people who build birdhouses sometimes go over-the-top with their designs--Victorian homes, log cabins, etc? I can see where this TBH building thing might head... fun!

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    100_1093.jpg Put in package April 6 and they are building rapidly. Very good cone building will take pictures asap. No cross comb at all.

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    Default Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    beautiful woodwork, Are you concerned that the bees will build above the bars?

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