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Hive Stand picture and 1 day till bee-day.

Here is a quick photo from the workshop of the hive stand I mentioned on the podcast. It’s not too pretty, but it will serve it’s purpose. (click on the photo for full view)

I cobbled it together from some scrap 2x4s, primed and painted it. This photo was from between the priming and the […]

Hive bodies ready to go. 14 days to B-day

I applied an oil based primer and two coats of exterior paint to the outsides of the hive bodies, bottom board and my top feeder. No paint goes on the inside where the bees would be coming into contact with the surfaces.

I went with a light color – slightly tan rather than white. I […]

So, a shortcut of sorts…

Well, I have all of the hive body foundation frames done. I wrapped them up all up on Sunday.. finished 11 of them in all of 15 minutes – I put down the hammer and picked up the air nailer. *grin* Took no time at all. Next steps, painting the exterior of the boxes – […]

Assembling a hive body box (Photos)

Here are a series of pics that I took while I was putting together the hive body box. I hope this helps anyone who needs to do this as well. I tried to incorporate some ‘best practices’ – let me know if you believe I need to update my instructions. (Also – these pics are […]

Building a foundation frame – Video

Here is a step by step instructional video for building a hive body foundation frame. I hope this helps anyone who is considering assembling their own frames.


I purchased the frames from Walter T. Kelley, so this is specific to their frame, but I hope this could be helpful to anyone.

Let me know […]

First hive body done!

Just a quick post from the workshop- much more to follow once I get the photos from the camera and all, but I just wanted to post one from here. I’m thinking of trying some video when I build the next one. Stay tuned!


First brood box done


Many many parts..

I’m preparing to construct the hive. I’ve gone with a traditional hive body – full wooden construction. I purchased my set of frames and hive body parts from Walter T. Kelly and am building and assembling the frames myself. I held off on building any of the boxes or the stand until I received the […]