A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles
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    Default A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    I was not satisfied with the different handles I have on my bee hive boxes. But I found one that was quick to make and made a few minor changes to suit my purposes. I'm pretty happy with it and I'll be using it for all of my boxes in the future and will change the handles on existing hives as opportunity presents itself.

    https://youtu.be/2o1ApSij930
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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Nice job Paul!

    I made Pip Storm's jig about 1-1/2 years ago and also had great results. Sometimes I cut the handle into the pieces before I assemble them.
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    I tried that but forgot that you can't cut the finger joints first!
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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    I to made Pip Storms jig. works very good , also made the spacers to do mediums . I was happy with the 5 1/2 inch handles

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    I just saw this on youtube and was going to post it here but see that you guys already have it on here. I will be building one to see if it is better than what I do now.

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    In the 1940's, Delta sold a radius cutter that would eliminate a few operations. I will try to find the part number. I am sure it is no longer available, but a used one might be searchable.

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    since my rinky dink table saw cant accept a dado blade, I made one of these last year and it worked well. hopefully just another option in case people tools are limited.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7NTXPyU2Sc

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmon View Post
    I was not satisfied with the different handles I have on my bee hive boxes. But I found one that was quick to make and made a few minor changes to suit my purposes. I'm pretty happy with it and I'll be using it for all of my boxes in the future and will change the handles on existing hives as opportunity presents itself.

    https://youtu.be/2o1ApSij930
    Any dimensions to your sled setup? I want to build the pip storm type but can't seem to get the measurements from the sketchup app that he used. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Tick View Post
    Any dimensions to your sled setup? I want to build the pip storm type but can't seem to get the measurements from the sketchup app that he used. Thanks.
    No dimensions but the sled will have to accomodate the length of your bee boxes which is probably 19 7/8 or just a little more since you'll have to take into account that you'll need to tilt the box into the jig. If you are cutting handles into the ends, then you'll need to split the difference ( 19 7/8 - 16 1/4 = 3 5/8 ) of 3 5/8 ( 1 13/16 ) and make a spacer on each end of 1 13/16. And again, account for the slightly extra space you'll need to tilt the box into the jig.

    The slides are 2" in diameter if I remember right. You use 1/4 of the circle for each slide.

    I don't remember how wide the sled is but it has to accomodate a deep hive and you have to calculate where you want the handle to be cut. These dimensions don't have to be really really exact.
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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmon View Post
    No dimensions but the sled will have to accomodate the length of your bee boxes which is probably 19 7/8 or just a little more since you'll have to take into account that you'll need to tilt the box into the jig. If you are cutting handles into the ends, then you'll need to split the difference ( 19 7/8 - 16 1/4 = 3 5/8 ) of 3 5/8 ( 1 13/16 ) and make a spacer on each end of 1 13/16. And again, account for the slightly extra space you'll need to tilt the box into the jig.

    The slides are 2" in diameter if I remember right. You use 1/4 of the circle for each slide.

    I don't remember how wide the sled is but it has to accomodate a deep hive and you have to calculate where you want the handle to be cut. These dimensions don't have to be really really exact.
    For your slides, I'm guessing you just used a hole saw to cut them out and then trimmed it with the table saw of bandsaw?

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Tick View Post
    For your slides, I'm guessing you just used a hole saw to cut them out and then trimmed it with the table saw of bandsaw?
    Yes.
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    That is pretty slick!

    I usually just cut a slot with the dado blade, but cut it about 2 inches from the top. That way it is easy to see which is the top. I have a little jig to get the slot more or less centered.

    The only problem with that is that the bottom doesn't shed water as well as a cove would.

    I might try this, as I need to make some boxes this winter.

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    I don't have the link from youtube, but I made something very close to this but using a standard blade in the table saw and an angled sled. Slide pass 1, raise blade 1/16", slide pass 2, raise blade 1/16", slide pass 3, etc for desired depth (I use 1/2"). Turns out great and little chance of something bad happening. Huge improvement trying to lift a 60# honey super with slippery leather gloves in the middle of a swarm of interested bees!

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Nice. Thank you for showing your work.

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Don't know if you have seen it or not, but, I developed a system to make beautiful, commercial type handles using a common Skil Saw and a very simple jig that anyone can make at home. Just go to UTube and search, Cleo Hogan, making handles on bee boxes using a Skil Saw safely.

    I will send you the plans for the jig. NO Charge, and NO salesman will call. Just email me at [email protected] and ask for plans for the jig. Happy to help you out. I have made Thousands of boxes and all have this type handle.

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    Default Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Cleo's video is listed under the name Donna Soper. Or, you can follow this link.

    https://youtu.be/eaWRjpJ5f0w
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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