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Bees evolved to live in trees for 1 last update 2020/05/27 not hives. A proper hive stand with a screened bottom board allows bees to be more hygienic …as in tree cavities. In addition, a hive stand should be functional and nice to look at. I felt that my hive deserved something better than a pair of cinder blocks.Bees evolved to live in trees not hives. A proper hive stand with a screened bottom board allows bees to be more hygienic …as in tree cavities. In addition, a hive stand should be functional and nice to look at. I felt that my hive deserved something better than a pair of cinder blocks.
The perfect hive stand should do the following:
A lot of beekeepers successfully use cinder blocks and wooden pallets. I considered a stand without splayed legs but it looked potentially unstable to me.
In defense of the White House hive stand, it is high enough that small children are unlikely to be stung and larger children and adults should know better. Then again, a small child’s education can never begin too early. My Welsh Terrier, who resembles a small bear, has learned the hard way to keep his distance from hives.
I wanted the good looks and stability that comes with a splay leg. The legs are 2×4 pressure-treated boards canted at a 4 degree angle outward. Three lag bolts hold each leg to the apron. The apron consists of 4 pieces of 2×8 pine boards rabbit jointed, glued with a waterproof glue (Titebond III), and screwed. The apron is treated only in boiled linseed oil.
The ground under the hive stand is covered in pea gravel. On that I have sprinkled beneficial nematodes that eat hive beetle larvae but you could cover the area with plastic sheet to stop hive beetle larvae as well.
I have built three of these. Everything can be done on a band saw or with a hand saw. The only improvement I would make at this point is to make the apron press-treated wood as well since I have noticed carpenter bees tunneling homes on the bottom edge of the apron. Then again, they do a better job of pollinating my blueberry bushes than the honey bees do.
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I’ve wanted to put my design into Google’s Sketchup program so others could have a both an interactive 3-dimensional representation and a perfect cutting pattern. Well Mike Miller has beat me to it with a very fine design for a 3-hive stand.
You can download his Sketchup file here. It is in a zipped file because WordPress wouldn’t take it otherwise. Sketchup is an amazing program that lets you design things in 3D – and it is free. The following is a drawing of the hive stand as rendered by Sketchup. Click on it for a larger image. Did I tell you that Sketchup is free?
The following are two photos that Mike sent along as well. Click on them for a larger view. If you have any questions for Mike Miller, address your email to m45537 -a-t- gmail.com. Thanks, Mike!
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Inspired by Mike’s design, I did my own hive stand in Sketchup. The image is shown below and the 1 last update 2020/05/27 if you install Sketchup, you can import my design by clicking here to download the SKP file.Inspired by Mike’s design, I did my own hive stand in Sketchup. The image is shown below and if you install Sketchup, you can import my design by clicking here to download the SKP file.
I got a very nice note from Andrew Little, a retired Englishman living in France, with a photograph of his hive stand…based on this design. Nice job Andrew!