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Offline twb

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Does this sound o.k. for starter strips?
« on: February 04, 2008, 07:45:22 PM »
I have cut plastic, wax coated foundation into strips.  I grind the tops of them enough to fit into the groove of the top bar of a frame.  Then, since I have no bee's wax on hand, I put a thin bead of wood glue in the groove and shove the strip in there.  So, the bottom of the strip may have the plastic smell since it has been cut from a full sheet of foundation.  Sound like they will work?  I have made a few and wanted a couple of opinions before making too many more.  Thanks.
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Re: Does this sound o.k. for starter strips?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 07:46:36 PM »
Should work just fine.


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Re: Does this sound o.k. for starter strips?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 11:13:33 PM »
If you're making strips from full sheets of foundation why not sacrifice 1 sheet.  Melt it down and use it to secure the strips in the frames.  An large eye dropper or turkey baister will work fine.
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Re: Does this sound o.k. for starter strips?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008, 11:38:15 AM »
[I have cut plastic, wax coated foundation into strips.]

Sounds like he is using plastic foundation (plastic cell or perico) that is waxed.

But the man needs to learn how to render himself some wax !
You do have some old comb or some burr combs you can scrape from somewhere I am sure, we all do.

I do like the glue idea though - no worries about heat or bees chewing.
If you use nothing, the bees waste time propolizing it to the bar.
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Re: Does this sound o.k. for starter strips?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008, 06:29:04 PM »
Go to the hardware store, they often sell hockey puck sized blocks of bees wax for waxing screws and polishing wood work.  Ace sells it for about $2.49.
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