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  • Bee hive construction

    So far, I've built a "bee vacuum" and a "swarm trap".
    When I deploy the trap this spring, I'll need at least one hive....I hope!
    My wife and kids blessed me with a complete hive for my birthday, but I want to build another myself...just because I know I can.

    Question:
    Every factory hive box I've looked at has dovetailed corners.
    Would a simple butt or rabbet joint, glue and screws work just as well?

    Yes, I know the dovetailed corners will probably be stronger, but I don't want to get into buying routers, table saws, dado blades, etc, etc...

  • #2
    I imagine the stronger dovetailed joints are used to extend the life of the hive through many handlings as they are move from site to site and trucked north and south seasonally.

    A rabbit joint glued with Gorilla Glue will be stronger than the wood. And I know you won't be tossing them around like a ramp ape.

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    • #3
      One guy in our group does the "migratory" thing. He moves bees north with the nectar flow for pollination.

      My hives will be relatively stationary....I hope! I don't intend to haul bees to Timbuktu and back every year! LOL!

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      • #4
        Maybe not go all out, try a couple sections and see how they hold up. It sounded like they can get quite heavy when full, I wonder how much outward pressure is created. Iโ€™d also look into seeing if the honey would compromise or be compromised by the fasteners. Think Iโ€™d use stainless steel and definitely not galvanized.

        If the boxes are generally dovetailed there must be a reason for it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
          Maybe not go all out, try a couple sections and see how they hold up. It sounded like they can get quite heavy when full, I wonder how much outward pressure is created. Iโ€™d also look into seeing if the honey would compromise or be compromised by the fasteners. Think Iโ€™d use stainless steel and definitely not galvanized.

          If the boxes are generally dovetailed there must be a reason for it.
          A full, deep, 10 frame super can easily go 100 pounds. A shallow super seldom tops 75 pounds.

          I'm thinking 2 inch deck screws.
          There isn't any outward pressure. The supers merely hold the frames. The honey is on the frames.

          Yes, the dovetails will add some strength, but I think with today's adhesives and some good 2" deck screws it will hold together. I'm hoping. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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