Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: Source for 1 3/8" top bars  (Read 217 times)

Offline Foxhound

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 26
  • Gender: Male
    • Foxhound Bee Company
Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:30:59 PM »
Where does everyone get their top bars? I know some people make them, but they seem like the hardest piece to make for the whole top bar hive.

Offline Chiefman

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 54
  • Gender: Male
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2015, 03:43:57 AM »
i'll be really surprised if you could buy wood off the shelf that size.

I make mine on a table saw.
-= The Urban Beekeeper =-

Offline OldMech

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 521
  • Gender: Male
    • The Outyard
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2015, 10:06:42 AM »
I make Lang frames from scratch, so making them for a TBH would be pretty mild I am thinking..  Cut some grooves, wax in some starter strips...  WAX ON!
39 Hives and growing.  Havent found the end of the comfort zone yet.

Offline Foxhound

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 26
  • Gender: Male
    • Foxhound Bee Company
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2015, 08:14:32 PM »
I wasn't thinking so much on finding the wood for them, but for finding pre-built top bars.

I saw some for sale on the BeeThinking website, but havn't really seen them elseware.

Specifically the top bars that are made from 1 piece of wood, rather than dealing with waxing in strips.

Offline richter1978

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 72
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 08:56:45 PM »
Top bar hives aren't built to a standard.  It would be difficult to sell components, everyones hive is a little different more or less.

Offline craneman54

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Gender: Male
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2015, 02:27:16 PM »
I wasn't thinking so much on finding the wood for them, but for finding pre-built top bars.

I saw some for sale on the BeeThinking website, but havn't really seen them elseware.

Specifically the top bars that are made from 1 piece of wood, rather than dealing with waxing in strips.

If you have a Table saw are know of someone that does,it would be easy to make them out of 2x4's,or any 2X stock form one of the borgs.
Retired crane operator
I love woodturning

Offline Michael Bush

  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 14150
  • Gender: Male
    • bushfarms.com
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2015, 04:27:24 PM »
My first set I ripped with my skill saw (didn't have a table saw at the time).  I made half 1 1/4" for the brood and the other half I made from 1 by 2's which were 1 1/2".  I left them 1 1/2" for the honey.  If I had a table saw at the time I might have made them all 1 1/4" and then made a lot of 1/4" spacers.
Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen

Offline capt44

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 545
  • Gender: Male
    • RV BEES
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2015, 10:09:38 PM »
I cut mine on the table saw then made a groove down the middle on the bottom side to put starter strips in.
Worked great and it give the bees a straight line to build on instead of going cross ways.
Richard Vardaman (capt44)

Offline Joe D

  • Super Bee
  • *****
  • Posts: 2025
  • Gender: Male
Re: Source for 1 3/8" top bars
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2015, 12:41:51 PM »
I cut the 2x4 in half at a forty five angle then ran the pieces back threw to get the point.  Left them all at 1 1/2 inches, cut a notch at each end to help keep it in the hive.

Another thing you can do is build a long hive and use lang. frames, then you can use an extractor.
 Good luck


Joe

 

anything