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Offline DavesBees

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How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« on: February 15, 2010, 09:40:26 PM »
I hope someone finds this helpful.

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Re: How To Build a Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010, 01:21:21 AM »
hey thanks for posting this now I have a few new idea's on how to make my top bars.
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Re: How To Build a Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 11:28:12 AM »
Here are two videos you may find useful for prepping the top bars with comb guides.

Learning Top Bar Beekeeping - Building Top Bars 1/2

and

Learning Top Bar Beekeeping - Building Top Bars 2 of 2
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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 05:14:33 AM »
Thanx for the tip about using string as a guide, i'll definitely use it now and i think it will work great.....

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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2012, 09:52:37 AM »


when using the cove molding there is a gap between the cove and the top bar have you ever had a problem with shb just looks like a good hiding spot for them what is your thoughts on this thanks for the videos

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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 12:09:29 AM »
Shane,
That is a great question.  I haven’t had a problem with SHB at all but you have a good point.  My bees fill the holes with propolis.  There is a similar molding that is simply a triangle and perhaps called corner molding that works just as well.  I used the cove molding because it was what I found at the store.  I am now in Maine and SHB will not be a problem for me but I haven’t checked out the stores to see what they have either.  I think you might be better off with the corner molding if SHB are a problem in your area as the cove molding may very well offer a hiding place.  Good call!
 
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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 06:16:57 PM »
I believe it's called "chamfer molding" pronounced kamfur.   You can buy it in 8 ft strips 3/4 x 3/4 inch

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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 02:33:34 PM »
My home store didn't carry the chamfer/corner molding that is solid. So I bought some 1x2. Ripped it in half to get 1x1 (actually 3/4x3/4) and then ripped that at a 45° resulting in solid triangle molding.


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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 06:49:34 PM »
You will save a nice chunk of change doing it yourself and I encourage that but...  I make the assumption that folks do not have the resources to make their own.  I also assume that if one has the resources they will use them.  Chamfer, corner, or cove molding and the other methods such as string, or dowels are for those of us with few resources. 
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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2012, 12:47:53 AM »
Thank you for the information, getting ready to start building my first hive in next few days

Ron

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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2013, 10:02:31 PM »
Thanks for all of your videos - they are helpful.

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Re: How To Build A Kenya Top Bar Hive - Part 1 - Top Bars
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2013, 10:55:47 AM »
Dave, thank you for this series of videos.  Your explanation of the process and details as to the whys of what you were doing made them even more helpful than I had hoped.  I feel very confident that I can build a TBH myself now.  (I just have to find the money & materials!)

Great series!  The work you put into bringing them to us is very much appreciated.

 

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