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  1. #1
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    Default Hive body assembly??

    I have about a 1000(+) hive bodies to put together. I have never put that many together at one time before. I am looking for a timely and efficient way to assembly these boxes.
    Do you commercial guys assembly with a jig or just free hand it?
    If any of you use a jig, can you describe it?
    How long should it take one man from start to finish to assembly one hive body?
    All the boxes have 'finger joints', if that matters.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Default Re: Hive body assembly??

    Micheal Bush has info. about a box jig on his website. Look here. http://www.bushfarms.com/beesboxjig.htm

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    Default Re: Hive body assembly??

    I built a three box jig from Michael Bush's website and it saves allot of time. Much easier to nail all three boxes at once.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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    Default Re: Hive body assembly??

    If Charlie wasn't such a cheapskate he would buy one like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxqYb...eature=related

    But of course, since HabitatforHoneybees.org is a non profit organization, probably the funds for that kind of investment are spent on saving the bees, not expensive jigs.

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    Default Re: Hive body assembly??

    Wow,

    Now that's a nice box jig. If you're good at welding you could build one instead paying $1000!
    Last edited by Charlie B; 11-23-2012 at 03:40 PM.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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    Default Re: Hive body assembly??

    Job specialization = efficiency

    Put all the sides and ends in stacks and first dry-assemble a few dozen hive bodies, using a slightly modified deep hive body as a fit-up jig to hold the end pieces in place at the right width while you bump the long sides into place. Then staple them after dry assembled. Better yet, pay somebody a low wage to dry assemble while you staple, can easily do hundreds per day this way. The only limitation is your staple gun-holding arm. I can upload a pic but it's really pretty simple.
    This is much faster than assembling and stapling each box individually.

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    Cool Re: Hive body assembly??

    I had the boys put all mine together last year. My 12 year old put 80-100 together after school each day. He did over 2000. I had him nail them all by hand (skill building). Now if I can get them to do frames like I did when I was a kids.:roll eyes:
    Last edited by The Honey Householder; 11-23-2012 at 12:15 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: Hive body assembly??

    Quote Originally Posted by The Honey Householder View Post
    I had the boys put all mine together last year. My 12 year old put 80-100 together after school each day. He did over 2000. I had him nail them all by hand (skill building). Now if I can get them to do frames like I did when I was a kids.:roll eyes:
    What are the child labor laws in Ohio?

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    Odfrank,
    You pay for labor right. No pay here, but they do live high on the hog.

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