I spent 15 minutes in the shop one rainy day and made what has to be my handiest beekeeping tool. Maybe this is obvious, but I thought I would pass it along...
For a while I have admired the "frame hangers" that hook over the edge of a super and have small rods projecting to hold frames outside the super. Nice idea, but I never managed to order one and I didn't like the idea of hooking on to a super. On the other hand, there never seems to be a good place to set down frames once I pull them. So...
Using a length of 1/4" (6 mm or so) mild steel rod (a couple dollars at the hardware) and a bench vice, I bent the rod in to a flattened "u" shape so the ends stick out about 6" and are just far enough apart to hold a frame. This took about 5 minutes and I used an empty frame to check the fit.
Next I took a length of 1/2" (13 mm) pipe and attached the metal holder to the top of the pipe. I welded mine together, but any secure attachment would work.
Finally I put a step on the pipe about 12" (30 cm) up from the bottom and hammered the bottom end of the pipe flat.
To use my frame stand, I just go to the hive I am working, stick the end of the pipe in the ground (using the step) and then place one to three frames on the hanger as I need. I made the pipe "about the right height" for me to inspect the frames without stooping over too much, so everything is right at eye level. When I want to move to another part of the bee yard, I pull the pipe out of the ground and relocate. Simple!
As a final touch I painted the thing bright orange so I don't lose it, then just leave it outside in the bee yard all the time. One less thing to carry back and forth.
If anyone wants more details, I guess I could take some measurements and pictures, but the entire thing really took 15 minutes to build. Try it - be you like it.