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  1. #1
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    Question Making Queen Cages

    I would like to make some 3 hole wooden queen cages. What type of drill bit is used to bore the three holes? It appears to be a router bit since the holes are flat on the bottom. Am I correct?
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    Default Re: Making Queen Cages

    Forstner (sp?) drill bit.
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    Default Re: Making Queen Cages

    Looks like they use an end mill.

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    Default Re: Making Queen Cages

    Bee Draggle

    How many Queen Cages do you need you can buy thim at. Forstner (sp?) drill bit will cost about $30 or so

    https://kelleybees.com/Products/Deta...3335&grouped=1


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    Default Re: Making Queen Cages

    There are several different tools that can make cuts like those used in three-hole wooden queen cages. A router bit could certainly be one that could cut such holes. A forstner bit, brad point bit, end mill, spade bit, etc. could also be used. Each would have its pros and cons when attempting to recreate the dimensions and specs of a three-hole queen cage.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 10-30-2012 at 07:58 PM.
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    Default Re: Making Queen Cages

    The plastic cages are less than 20 cents each when buying 100. Hard to make something that cheaply.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Making Queen Cages

    It seems to me that I saw an example of someone making cages out of wrapping hardware cloth around a bic lighter... Worked pretty slick for low production. No idea where I saw it though...

    Adam

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