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    Default Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Got an order for 100 migratory covers, day before yesterday. Yesterday I cut them out and assembled 60 of them. Took 2 1/2 hours to cut all of them out, and then about 15 per hour for assembly time. I put together the other 40 today. They are made of lap-joint construction, and ALL contact edges/sides (wood-on-wood) are glued with Titebond 2, for max weather resistance, and are constructed from ponderosa. Anyway, I enjoyed myself! Enjoy the pics.

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Ben,

    These look really good. Do they ever warp?
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Charlie,
    Thank you! They have performed outstandingly well for me. Very little warp-age.
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Why are there slats on the top? Is that for stacking pallets on top?
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Those interlock with the stringers on the bottom of the pallets.
    Benjamin Schneider, CEO of Prairie Wind Bee Supply - New & Improved Website! http://prairiewindbeesupply.webs.com/

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Good job on the tops, they look nice. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    3/4 or 7/8 lumber?

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Thanks! Made from 3/4" ponderosa.
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Looking good... Now let see the blow by blow for the 100 hive bodies and bottom board/pallets to go with them.

    *Grins*

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Thanks! Made from 3/4" ponderosa.

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinR View Post
    Looking good... Now let see the blow by blow for the 100 hive bodies and bottom board/pallets to go with them.

    *Grins*
    Yeah yeah yeah...sometime! This thread was awhile ago: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-s-some-photos
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    I was going to make some to try out from free 3/4 plywood I acquired. Does plywood warp if it's painted good and has the 1X boards running crossways on top?
    Benjamin, I noticed you use overlapping pieces front and back. Do these work better than just a flat one like Keith Jarret uses. His look easier to build but I'm not sure which way I want to go. Thanks
    Jordan Atkins
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Ya have a picture? I don't remember what his look like.
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Nice. Screwed and glued? Ponderosa pine?
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    How much did you overlap the main cover boards? Did you just do two ~9 inch boards?

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    I make my migratory lids out of cedar. I will post a picture of them. They come about $4.00 a lid they dry fast and last long. Paint them with oil-based glossy acrylic paint and they,ll last you years.

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Nice looking tops Ben. I went through Cheyenne last time I was out west to Douglas. Beautiful place.... Wyoming. Driveways are like MILES long, mountains are majestic, people are awesome......need to get back out there next year.

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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Nice. Screwed and glued? Ponderosa pine?
    Thanks! Yes, screwed and glued. Ponderosa.

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinR View Post
    How much did you overlap the main cover boards? Did you just do two ~9 inch boards?
    I overlap about 1/4". I use one 11 1/4" board and one 5 1/4" board, then routered out the 1/4" overlap. There is a bead of Titebond 2 running the length of the seam.

    Quote Originally Posted by Father & Sons Apiary View Post
    I make my migratory lids out of cedar. I will post a picture of them. They come about $4.00 a lid they dry fast and last long. Paint them with oil-based glossy acrylic paint and they,ll last you years.
    That will definitely do the job! I make mine for about $4.15 each.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    Nice looking tops Ben. I went through Cheyenne last time I was out west to Douglas. Beautiful place.... Wyoming. Driveways are like MILES long, mountains are majestic, people are awesome......need to get back out there next year.
    Let me know next time; and stop in!
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Ben,

    While I agree that Cheyenne is nice, I think your talent and ability in making bee equipment is needed here in Bee Country. You could work for Ollie but I wouldn't recommend it.
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Thanks, Charlie. Might consider that! Maybe after I'm married in the next year or so.
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    Default Re: Made 100 migratory tops - photos

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    That will definitely do the job! I make mine for about $4.15 each.
    But what would u sell them for? $6.00?
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