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i hate frames...

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thought it would be fun to hand assemble 200 frames and foundation with a nail and a hammer...

that was 4 days ago, im on frame #90, and my back hurts...


Did I mention this is in front of my tv? with nails and stuff all over the floor, and 90 assembled frames sitting in my wingback chairs and falling on the floor..

its embarrasing..

thanks to pk and neon who are my gurus..:gh:
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I know you are thinking - I need an air compressor for the air stapler. Of course! That is how you justify the bee house with the hive assembly room, super storage room, honey extraction room, and library of bee books with a wide screen monitor hooked to a laptop to watch Beesource threads while building frames. With the right stereo playing and an observation hive it might be liveable!
 

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got the nail gun and everything... just too hot to do it outside in the shop... thought it would be quick and easy using a tack hammer..

i got the tools, just not the time as i do it in front of the tv at night while working on the computer...
 

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I find that using a hammer is a pain when hand assembling frames. I have a brass bar about 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. I have more control over that than a hammer.

I plane my top bars down to 1 inch wide, and trim 1/16 off each side the end bars before I hand assemble them. I even turn the top wedge 90 degrees and tack it back in on many of them. I currently have 200-300 of them assembled and ready to put in boxes as needed.

Aren't you glad that all you are doing is quickly assembling them?

With that said, I have 150-200 Pierco frames that I have added wax to ready to use, and another 500-600 Mann Lake PF 105 frames too. (I still need to trim the recently purchased 500 PF 105's down to 1 1/4 though.)

If you can stay ahead of needing frames, and do some here and there, it's not as much of a pain trying to do them all at once.
 
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