I've been building a new hive the past couple of days. If you've read the ringing cedars book series you'll know wherer I got the idea from. You can also google anastasia hive and find a couple hives built using the same idea.
I used 2"x12" lumber. It took two 16' boards to make.
First I cut the boards to length to make them easier to manage in the table saw. They are 48" long and have angled cuts down the side with the table saw set at 30 degrees.
Here's a good picture of the angled cuts down the length of the boards.
Starting to take shape. I have the first two boards glued and screwed together. I used 12 2.5" screws spaced every 4 inches. I would of used a little longer screws, but that's what I had and I think they'll hold up fine.
Three boards glued and screwed. The second board wasn't sitting flush on the table as I drilled the holes and there's a slight bump where boards 2 and 3 meet. grrrrr So I started using clamps to hold everything in place.
Four boards glued and screwed. Now you can get an idea what this is gonna look like.
Five boards. Getting closer.
Now all six boards glued and screwed.
Maybe you can get an idea of this hives size by seeing all the other items in the shop around it. It's big. LOL
I'm going to put it on a stand at an angle similar to this. The top will have a lid screwed in place and the bottom will have a removable lid where I can reach in and get some honeycomb.
Coffe can inside the hive giving an idea of the interior space. From the flat inside to the opposite board is roughly 16.25 inches.
Corner to corner measurement. I think it was somewhere around 22.5 inches from exterior corner to corner.
I still need to build the ends, create an entrance, and finish the exterior. Now I have some questions.....where to put the entrance? I'm going to use a 3/8" punch router to make the entrance, do you think that the similar 16 cm length used in TBH's is sufficient? And where would you put the entrance? On the top end near the....top? Or down the side near the top? And if I put the entrance on the top or the side I'll need to make an overhang to keep water out. Or do you think if I centered the entrance on the top end would be better? I'm kind of partial to having a single entrance on the top end/lid somewhere near the top so that only one comb will be exposed to the elements.
What should I finish the exterior with? I've been reading for about an hour this morning and am now more confused. I need to finish it with something that will last for a very long time, and I also have to consider that I can't remove the bees to re-finish it in the future. So I may need something safe to use while the bees are in it. From what I've been reading a turpentine mixed with beeswax applied hot and with a heat gun will get the turp and wax to soak into the wood, but a high quality exterior gloss paint may be better???
Now I need to come up with a suitable name for this massive hive. ;-)