Painting Gaps

Gaps between frames can be a real problem with bee hives as they allow pests easier access. Once your frames are together the bees will seal the inside join with their wax/resin mix. The bigger the gap the more work for the bees, the longer it takes them to secure …

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Varnish & Oil Coatings

29/8/16 – Just out of interest I’m testing some of the finishes I have collected for various projects over the years, including some light duty oil mixtures, linseed Oil, Tung Oil to marine grade varnishes and coats. Of course we already know that if you want a long lasting protective finish you just …

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Brood Supports

Under continuous development Update 2017 – **I need to add the latest ones here** Update – 2016 – I think I have the cypress brood supports a lot neater and simpler now. I’ve made them wider and thicker than previous designs 2015 – Below – first try at retro fitting the …

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Timbers for Hives

Most people will just be using what ever they have or are familiar with which is ok. I’ve used Hoop Pine, Cypress, Cedar, Victorian Ash and they all have made nice boxes. The Cedar is very soft and easy on the tools where the hardness of the Victorian Ash takes …

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