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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2009, 09:09:45 PM »
Rob's bee vac design is second to none! I have built two and it is the best for hiving swarms. Rarely do I not get the queen when I vacuum the swarm into a hive body.

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2009, 11:05:28 PM »
I started building one of robo's bee vacs today, pretty good design if I do say so myself. Will finish it tomorrow, need to get some screen wire, would rather have hardware cloth if I can find it. Built he whole thing out of scrap wood that I had on hand. The only thing I will need to buy is the hardware cloth and some 2" vac hose. I have a large cut out coming soon, real soon.

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2009, 11:17:24 PM »
Thanks for the kind words guys.

I have just updated my site with the latest modification for the bee vac.   The cut-out shim allows for adding brood, that has been mounted into frames, to be added to the hive on-site when finished removing the colony.

http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekeeping/bee-vac/
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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2009, 11:18:46 PM »
I saw some pretty good deals for hose on Ebay.  I use swimming pool vac hose on one of mine. It is 1.25 and smooth on the inside. Works great. A shop vac hose will allow you to put on a crevice tool for vacuuming in tight spits like between rows of comb or in bushes for swarm capture.

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2009, 11:39:50 PM »
where would be a good place to find the 2" vac hose??

I am a tight wad, and would like to find someone that is throwing out and old sho vac and get their hose, but that will never happen.

Thats a good idea for the cut out shim, I don't think I would run the vac while brood was in there, might chill it.

Dang it, now I have to make something else.

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2009, 11:45:19 PM »
where would be a good place to find the 2" vac hose??


Try Ebay or maybe some yard sales.


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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2009, 01:24:59 AM »
do anyone know where I can get a jig to build the frames?


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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2009, 01:29:36 AM »
found some on home depot web site 2" diameter x 25' long for $54.99.

Think I will call tomorrow to see if they stock it.

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2009, 01:30:17 AM »
what frames are you talking about??

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2009, 01:49:21 AM »
beehive  frames  and side bars

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2009, 07:57:49 AM »
do anyone know where I can get a jig to build the frames?


Johnny

I have plans to build Ross's here -> http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekeeping/downloads/
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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2009, 03:21:48 PM »
WOW. Thanks for the outstanding replies.  Looking at some of the hives and equipment that has been built, ....... in addition to honey the bees provide they should also be paying you rent. My first bachelor apartment didn't look this good. The ideas provided are very interesting. Some of the craftsmanship was superb. Thanks again for all of the information.

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2009, 03:57:38 PM »
Building your own hives is not hard and don't take a lot of expensive equipment, a table saw is nice to have . When I build mine I half lap the corners and glue and screw. I cut the rabbit joint in the end pieces and fit the sides in them and it coveres the end grain in the side pieces that absorbs water.

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2009, 09:08:13 PM »
Thank you  Robo

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #34 on: May 08, 2009, 10:03:40 PM »
I can't buy raw wood as cheap as I can buy commercial mediums from Dadant (no shipping, no tax).  I do make tops, bottoms, and nucs, all of which I feel are over priced.  I assemble all of my own gear. 

Bottom Board construction
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/bottomboard/bottomboard.htm

Frame construction jig (yes, that one)
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/framejig/framejig.htm

Foundationless frames -- cutting the top bars
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/frames/

a couple of nucs
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/nuc/

a sled for cutting box joints (there are tons out there on the web)
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/sled/

Open feeder (hint, place gravel, sawdust, sponge, etc in the bowl to prevent drowning.
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/beefeeder.jpg

Queen cell incubator
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/incubator/
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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2009, 10:06:52 PM »
Do you have a jig to make the top board on the frame?

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #36 on: May 08, 2009, 10:14:45 PM »
I just buy standard wedge top bars and rip them at 45 degrees.  Frame parts aren't worth my time to make.
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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2009, 10:22:05 PM »
I work at a Sawmill / planner mill and I can get broken stacking stick  they  are  3/4 by 1 1/2 inch thick

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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #38 on: May 08, 2009, 10:30:32 PM »
It would be simpler to start with wide plank the thickness you want the bars I think.  Cut the grooves for the ears of the end bars all the way across and then rip them to height.
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Re: Building your own "stuff"
« Reply #39 on: May 08, 2009, 10:33:07 PM »
the main reason i wanted to make my own so I can talk my wife into buying me some more woodworking equipment

 

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