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« on: November 02, 2008, 10:33:24 AM »

Does anyone have plans or know of a site where I can find plans for KTBH and TTBH?  I have seen Mr. Bush's site but I'd like to get some other opinions and perspectives as well.  Also, are they available commercially?  I'm a newbee but I've been reading about these things and I find them really fascinating.  I think natural comb is one of natures most beautiful works of art and having a couple of hives that do that is very appealing. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. 
Best wishes, Winenutguy.
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008, 11:09:34 AM »

You might want to check out www.bwrangler.com

He has one of the best sites for TBH's and many links.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008, 02:34:09 AM »

I suggest taking a look at the plans at the website below that Michael refers to. You can search for "how to build a top bar hive" and you'll find a PDF file that lays out, quite clearly, how to create a top bar hive.

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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008, 09:05:15 AM »

http://hirschbachapiary.com/
The other one is filtered (as you can see in Matt's post) or I would give you that.  Try a google search on "Top Bar Hives" and "Barefoot".

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2008, 05:51:34 PM »

Thank you all!  Does anyone have any preference concerning the type of wood used?  Ceder, Pine, Etc.?  Treated or untreated?  I also want to put a window in mine.  Thank you all again.
Best, Winenutguy.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2008, 07:45:17 PM »

Treated wood will kill bees.  Untreated of any kind will do fine.  Pine is light and cheap.  Cedar is light and rot resistant and expensive.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2008, 08:49:01 PM »

Thank you Mr. Bush.  I think I'll go with cedar.  I have some in my forest and one of them has to come down. I have a friend thet will mill it for me for a piece of the tree.  Thank you for confirming my thinking!  Best wishes, Winenutguy.
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2008, 01:34:06 AM »

Thank you Mr. Bush.  I think I'll go with cedar.  I have some in my forest and one of them has to come down. I have a friend thet will mill it for me for a piece of the tree.  Thank you for confirming my thinking!  Best wishes, Winenutguy.

Why don't you cut a 3 foot section out of that cedar tree and the cut that so you have a U running full length, kind of a dug out TBH?  Put a Salish Box painting on each end.  Sure make a nifty conversation piece.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2008, 11:25:46 AM »

Why don't you cut a 3 foot section out of that cedar tree and the cut that so you have a U running full length, kind of a dug out TBH?  Put a Salish Box painting on each end.  Sure make a nifty conversation piece.

Now Brian, you certainly do come up with some very interesting things, you be that thinker man  Smiley Smiley Smiley have a most wonderful and awesome life and day, love life, great health.  Cindi
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2008, 05:54:57 PM »

I built these.  Smaller hives, but you can increase the size as you wish.  I like the view window.

http://www.backyardhive.com/images//backyardhiveplans_a.pdf
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2009, 10:18:52 PM »

Here's a cool one that I stumbled across. It's made from some 4x4, 2x4, and plywood... nifty!  

EDIT: apparently I am not allowed to post images or links yet, so use your imagination! grin
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