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    Default Rotating Observation hive build

    Have any of you guys built one of the rotating style observation hives (such as the DraperBee style)? I am contemplating building one. Any tips? I'm mostly trying to figure out the best way to negotiate the swiveling base with some type of disconnect setup. Do you use some type of lazy susan bearing? Pictures of your build would be awesome, especially pictures of how you did the base and disconnect.
    "Science is knowing, art is doing, and common sense is knowing and doing on the basis of experience." Alex Shigo

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    Default Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    I have not built one, but I do have one of the Draper ones (sort of like staying in a holiday inn express that has an observation hive?). I think the trick is keeping it "bee proof" while having a lazy susan. Basically the hive has a large flat base that has a lazy susan below it. It works very nicely. Since you have to carry it out and it has to stan upright when little kids run into it, you want a large flat base that doesn't weight too much.

    Some pictures of that draper hive here:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesobservationhives.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    Here's the one I built a few years ago:

    http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,30161.0.html

    Sounds like what you are looking for.

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    Default Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    Now that I think about it, the hose to the outside comes off of the fixed base. The pivot is between that and the base of the hive itself. So the real trick is a beeproof swivel for the lazy susan...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    I haven't built mine yet but here is a link to how I will be doing it.
    http://www.myoldtools.com/OBhive/OB_Chapter1.htm
    He has some good ideas.
    Its on the list to build after swarm traps.
    Jim
    Zone 6b 1400'

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    Default Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    Quote Originally Posted by Specialkayme View Post
    Here's the one I built a few years ago:

    http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,30161.0.html

    Sounds like what you are looking for.
    That is really awesome woodworking! I will be studying your design and layout before I attempt to build one! Thanks!
    "Science is knowing, art is doing, and common sense is knowing and doing on the basis of experience." Alex Shigo

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    Default Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    I do not have the skills..or time...to build an observation hive.
    I am considering suggesting one would make a great gift...but before doing so I ask:

    Are they something of a novelty where they are interesting for a while..then not so much?
    Are they PIA re management...time and logistics?
    What is preferable..indoor single depth, indoor double depth, garden view outdoor double depth? I am gravitating to an out door model on the patio.

    Thanks .
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

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    Default Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    Quote Originally Posted by Specialkayme View Post
    Here's the one I built a few years ago:

    http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,30161.0.html

    Sounds like what you are looking for.
    Very well done

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