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bigbearomaha

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Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« on: October 08, 2009, 12:23:43 PM »
After watching "outofaclearbluesky"'s videos on YouTube,  I saw his effort at making a top bar frame using dowel rods.

That got me to thinking about trying my hand at a top bar frame.  As I was looking over a couple follower boards  I cut out, I got the idea to draw a line 3/4" all the way around from the outside edge and cut out the center of the board from that line.  This left me with a frame that fit pretty much exactly into the hive with a 3/4" thickness all around.   I attached these to some top bars and hope to get some use from them in the spring.  I made about ten of these so far.

I'll post again then to say if they work out or not.

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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2009, 03:50:29 PM »
Sounds like a great idea! There were a few times this past season that would have really come in handy. I'll be looking forward to hearing how they work. Could you post a picture sometime?
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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2009, 09:36:13 PM »
sure, soon as I get a camera.  ( I have one somewhere, now to find it)

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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2009, 11:55:49 AM »
Could you post a link to the video?  Pictures?  I'm trying to picture making top bars out of dowels...
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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2009, 01:28:43 PM »
Those look pretty nice.
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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2009, 02:35:56 PM »
Too much work....

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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2009, 04:39:22 PM »
I don't think they are too much work for a cutout.  But I wouldn't build them for just regular bars in a hive.
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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2009, 05:03:28 PM »
no, me either.  I only made ten of the solid board cutouts figuring that should be a 'starter' pack.  I can make some as I need them but you are right, these a are not something you go nuts and make dozens of just because.

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Re: Top Bar Hive "Frames"
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2009, 04:02:26 PM »
I also saw that and made up frames for cutouts.  I am not sure if I can post links here yet though. I put up a post about this on another forum.
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