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  1. #1
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    Default Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Construction site near me was tossing some perfectly good lumber the other day so I helped myself to the pile and have managed to construct several items to use around the farm with it.

    Today, I built a top bar hive. Measures 14 inches wide at the top (interior measurement), 9 inches deep, and 47 inches long. One inch plywood for the bottom and sides and the ends are a couple 2x6's on one side and a broken 2x12 on the other. Found a couple the same length, so I had to do no cutting for this build. I even used recycled screws to assemble it because I am too cheap and lazy to drive to the home depot for more.

    All I need now are some top bars and a cover. May have to bite the bullet and actually spend 5 bucks on the lumber for the top bars.

    Here are some photos:





    See my Lang in the background?


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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Looks pretty good

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Looks good, my only comment is you need the "ends" to be an inch higher then the sides, so when you put the cover on, it will not move or disturb the bars

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenzero View Post
    Looks good, my only comment is you need the "ends" to be an inch higher then the sides, so when you put the cover on, it will not move or disturb the bars
    no you don't mine works just fine like that one I leave the end bar set back just a little for a top entrance

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Go back to the construction site and see if they have any grade stakes they are precut 1_1/4 wide and all you have to do is put 1/4 in spacers on honey bars

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    Go back to the construction site and see if they have any grade stakes they are precut 1_1/4 wide and all you have to do is put 1/4 in spacers on honey bars
    Good idea. Will stop by on Monday when the foreman is around. He has been pretty cool with letting me haul away their garbage.

    So far I have made a few rabbit nesting boxes, chicken nest boxes, some chicken roosts, flower boxes, repaired a fence and a bee hive. Not bad for a pile of trash.

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    Langs work great for building straight comb I screwed one of my 17 in top bars to the topbar from a med frame about a week before my package arrived .. to start laying and it gives a nice straight comb foe a guide
    I was thinking the same thing but I don't have any Langs right now as I have had a long hiatus from keeping. I did cheat and split a few top bars and put small cell foundation in them.

    Hank

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    If your bees are anything like mine I would put empty bars between the foundation my bees will not touch foundation until all empty spaces are filled I thought about cutting plastic foundation in the shape of the follower board only smaller to allow for bee space and put them in every other bar once they get at least one empty bar completely full then replace the bars with foundation with empties

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    ...my bees will not touch foundation until all empty spaces are filled I thought about cutting plastic foundation in the shape of the follower board only smaller to allow for bee space and put them in every other bar once they get at least one empty bar completely full then replace the bars with foundation with empties
    Interesting. I cut them some foundation with an 8" x 4" trapezoid I was going to give each 4 of these stacked next to one another and have 4 other bars with molding comb guides. This would give them 8 total bars to start on. You think I should alternate the foundation and comb guides?

    Hijacking the post a bit, sorry.


    Hank

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    Default Re: Scrap wood Top Bar Hive

    I would when I added my starter bar to my Lang to have them build for my tbh it was placed when I added a new box of foundation and they built it out in 4 days and now a week and a half later they still haven't hardly touched the foundation

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