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Repost of one of my old posts for the newbees.

Since spring is fast approaching and a lot of new beekeepers come here looking for help, I thought I would start a thread with ideas that work for me. They are free to anyone that wants to use them.

Bottom Board construction
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/botto...ottomboard.htm

Frame construction jig (yes, that one)
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/framejig/framejig.htm

Foundationless frames -- cutting the top bars
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/frames/

A couple of nucs
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/nuc/

A sled for cutting box joints (there are tons out there on the web)
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/sled/

Open feeder (hint, place gravel, sawdust, sponge, etc in the bowl to prevent drowning.
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/beefeeder.jpg

Queen cell incubator
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/incubator/
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Ross,

The first link for the bottom board is not working.

I built the frame assembly jig. That and an inexpensive air nailer and compressor has been a great time saver.

Thanks.
Wayne
 

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The in-hive cell incubator bar is a convenient way to hatch multiple queen cells in a single hive, without risking having them torn down. This one is sized for the Jenter cell plugs. The slots are to give the bees a way to feed the queens. Using the hive as an incubator insures the right temperature and humidity.
 

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The cell incubator is particularly slick - simple to make out of one piece of material - easily adapted for JZBZ or other cell cups. What is the optimal width and depth for the slots? Is that your design?
 

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I stole the in-hive incubator and the frame jig from others, but I have long since forgotten exactly who unfortunately. The slots just have to contain the queen, not much else. I generally make them 1/5" or less. I think 1/4" would allow some virgins to escape.
 

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I like the looks of your frame jig Ross....tell me if you use a brad nailer or a finish nailer and what size nails or brads you use ....thank you

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thanks for the reply ross...I went out yesterday and bought a pneumatic crown stapler to add to my toys, and started nailing frames together yesterday....:)....can't wait until next spring
 

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Ross is a thin kerf saw blade needed to make bottom board of your design using a 2x4 and some 1x4 i noticed you referenced a certain saw blade was wandering if i could use my standard blade carbide tip about 1/8 kerf

also built your frame jig works great

Thanks David
 

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Dave I'm not sure what blade Ross uses but I used a standard carbide blade to make 4 of these bottom boards this last week and every thing worked out great. In fact I plan on making several more. One thing I did do was use the strip I removed from the 2x4 layed it down and cut it to length inbetween the landing board and the back board so I would not have to roll my screen up the edges.


before painting and installing screen


Installed under hive
 

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Ross, thanks for keeping this thread in view. Reminds us that spring is "just" around the corner - time to get busy :applause:
 
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