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    Default Two Months Before I would Even Consider Opening the Hives

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    I am keeping busy. Built this out of wood shipping crates. Note lower deep. Upside down handholds. <sigh>
    7 years; 3 colonies.

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    Default Re: Two Months Before I would Even Consider Opening the Hives

    Too many beerz?

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    You can cut handholds but don't own a plane? Flatten those edges, man!

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    lol. Tough crowd!
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    I was going to ding ya for the frowning hand hold (upside down box or backwards hand hold), but they look better than mine as I just use a plain dado cut. :-) I've got some lumber waiting for me in the garage, but it's been in the negative numbers lately and it's unheated so it can wait.

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    Unusually boisterous Maineahs this evenin'. In any event, Go Pats!
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    Better than what I did. One hand hold right side up on one side and wrong side up on the other side. I had to use the box to "break test" my box joints! I had to throw/bang the box on its corners with full force for 10 times before the box changed the geometry. And 10 kicks later joints broke. My box was made of furniture grade plywood and box joint was glued and then stapled with 2" medium crown staples.

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    I'm laughing my arse off right now! Been there on a few things. Hahahahahahahahahah!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjigar View Post
    Better than what I did. One hand hold right side up on one side and wrong side up on the other side. I had to use the box to "break test" my box joints! I had to throw/bang the box on its corners with full force for 10 times before the box changed the geometry. And 10 kicks later joints broke. My box was made of furniture grade plywood and box joint was glued and then stapled with 2" medium crown staples.

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    Default Re: Two Months Before I would Even Consider Opening the Hives

    My last set was good, but it seems the commercial unassembled hives I get always have one handhold on the inside of the hive....

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    When the hand hold is on the inside do you find that tbey put the frame rabbet on the outside?? Evil grin.

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    Default Re: Two Months Before I would Even Consider Opening the Hives

    Beerz, you can throw a dado on a table saw and kind of fix it without destroying that box.

    I have probably done all the above. Once, I cut a handhold on the inside, same piece that has frame rest.
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    All I can say is you did a fine Job Of painting them. Did I mention I have about 300 boxes that need painted?

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    Dont think rhe bees will complain about imperfections, good for you making the effort spin imperfections Into education

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    Default Re: Two Months Before I would Even Consider Opening the Hives

    Quote Originally Posted by Beerz View Post

    Note lower deep. Upside down handholds. <sigh>


    "Stuff happens". In my first batch, I routed hand-holds on the wrong side of several pieces and had to fill them since the bees really didn't need hand-holds on the interior of their deluxe condominium...

    Just use them as the bottom box since it will be rare for you to have to lift them.
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    When I cut a handle upside down I usually just take a scrap piece of wood and add a cleat and move on. I have several cleats on my .
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    Quote Originally Posted by texanbelchers View Post
    My last set was good, but it seems the commercial unassembled hives I get always have one handhold on the inside of the hive....
    I've done this, too! You mean to say that I am not the only one to have received a box with this er... <cough> design flaw?
    7 years; 3 colonies.

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    By the end of two months I will have been feeding pollen sup for a month and a half and have 8 frames of brood or more and bees ready to split mid April that will make a crop.

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    Patties on for 2 weeks now, middle of an OAV series, brooding up well, planning to graft in the next couple of weeks if some drones show up. The plan is to go from 8 to 24 this year and relocate to a new apiary.

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    Default Re: Two Months Before I would Even Consider Opening the Hives

    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    When I cut a handle upside down I usually just take a scrap piece of wood and add a cleat and move on. I have several cleats on my .
    Cheers
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    Agreed. Plus, after a summer of trying to make the perfect recessed handhold, I realized that cleats are much, much nicer to grab and make lifting boxes way easier anyway.

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