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    Default Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    So me and my 7 year-old son were riding in my neighborhood yesterday and I happened upon some faux/particle board wood that was thrown out by the street.

    I backed my van up and proceeded to haul it away, and look what I've slapped together thus far.

    I just need to make a roof, legs, top bars and I've already done a follower-board:

    WACKY? YOU BET !!!

    Will it last forever? Heavens no. However, once the roof is on (with overhangs), it will last quite a stretch.

    It's free - so what's the big deal if it doesn't last a decade?

    By the way, are there any recommendations of types of paint to go over that faux finish for added protection, or is the faux finish protection enough??




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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    Here's another I have built last year from trash wood.

    By the way, this hive is presently booming with bees:









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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    Here's my barrel hive I built last year also:

    Weird? YES !!!!!....But the bees LOVE weird.












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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Awsome !
    thats the way i roll.

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by curios1 View Post
    Awsome !
    Thanks

    Now who has a cheap package-of-bees still available so I can fill about two of these hives?

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Nothing wrong with free materials!

    I would paint the edges of the cuts, but leave the faux finish as is.

    > Now who has a cheap package-of-bees still available

    How many swarm traps do you have placed? Free bees to go with those hives would be hard to beat!
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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Nothing wrong with free materials!

    I would paint the edges of the cuts, but leave the faux finish as is.
    Yes, good idea.

    Now what's amazing regarding that wood is - the sides and the ends - I DIDN'T HAVE TO MAKE ANY CUTS !!! The wood was already cut to those dimensions. I had to cut a piece in half for the floor, but that's it. Amazing.



    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    How many swarm traps do you have placed? Free bees to go with those hives would be hard to beat![/COLOR]
    Alright, yeah, I know - but I haven't made any yet. But oh so true.

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    An oil based primer will help preserve the faux wood, thin it out some for the first coat to get better penetration, then a coat at the normal thickness followed by a couple of coats of exterior grade top coat, any color you like;-)

    Oh yes free wood can't be beat!!!!

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    However,

    I HAVE done several trap-outs and cut-outs. The following one was very successful back in September:


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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by praxis178 View Post
    An oil based primer will help preserve the faux wood, thin it out some for the first coat to get better penetration, then a coat at the normal thickness followed by a couple of coats of exterior grade top coat, any color you like;-)

    Oh yes free wood can't be beat!!!!
    Thanks very much for the tips, sir.

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    That has to be quite the sight. Loading junk in the back of your van with your 7 year old as you explain to the cops " it's for a beehive I swear".

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Very nice hive Patbeek, the first one is very pretty, the second one....not so much for human eyes. lol

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenzero View Post
    Very nice hive Patbeek, the first one is very pretty, the second one....not so much for human eyes. lol

    I have to roll with whatever wood makes itself available. :-)

    But I think I'm going to call the first one "The Church Pew".

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    > Loading junk in the back of your van with your 7 year old as you explain to the cops " it's for a beehive I swear".

    If you think collecting unwanted wood from city streets is a bit odd, in the fall I collect bags of shredded leaves from city streets.
    Of course, if I also come across any usable wood, that goes in the truck as well. I have never had any interest from police officers, but occasionally a homeowner will ask what I am doing. Most of them ignore me.
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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    You're a genius!

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by blasket View Post
    you're a genius!
    said no wife ever !!!

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Well done! I too keep an open eye for free reused materials.
    All top bar hives of mine are made from reused pallets found beside building sites. The roofs are also from reused materials. I only bought a few screws and some linseed oil to coat the hives with.

    Even the greenhouse in the pic is from reused materials as well as my chicken tractor and solar dehydrator ... and the dog house too

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    I'm new to this. Has no one shown concern over the formaldyhide used to make particle board?? I worry the Texas heat and rain will swell and dry the chemicals into the honey. Ever been inside a FEMA trailer with this problem. Did you hear about the health risks?

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Now a suggestion. Get together with a local fence company and see if they will allow you to haul away the old fence. It's like barn wood and sometimes you get cedar instead of fir or pine.

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by DrDoorlock View Post
    I'm new to this. Has no one shown concern over the formaldyhide used to make particle board?? I worry the Texas heat and rain will swell and dry the chemicals into the honey. Ever been inside a FEMA trailer with this problem. Did you hear about the health risks?
    Point well taken.

    Yes, I have concerns about it.

    However, won't the faux finish lock in all the formaldehyde from seeping into the hive?

    If I knew for sure it was really going to be that big of a deal, I'd scrap it.

    I mean, we don't even vaccinate due to horrid ingredients in vaccines - INCLUDING formaldehyde..

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