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« on: May 16, 2011, 04:32:36 PM »

I'm thinking of making a toolbox similar to the Merrill Toolbox sold at Brushy Mountain. I'm wondering if anyone has modified the bee package that their bees came in to make a toolbox. If so, I'd love to hear what you did. I'm thinking that this would double as a swarm box, and a toolbox.

If no one has done this before, I'll have to do it and post my results with pics.
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2011, 08:05:02 PM »

too small. I've studied on it and decided to use a  frame nuc box pattern with a closeable openning. It is at least tall enough to transport frames. I figure to make my top and bottom out of 1x10 and the sides out of plywood.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2011, 08:29:14 PM »

I'm thinking of making a toolbox similar to the Merrill Toolbox sold at Brushy Mountain. I'm wondering if anyone has modified the bee package that their bees came in to make a toolbox. If so, I'd love to hear what you did. I'm thinking that this would double as a swarm box, and a toolbox.

If no one has done this before, I'll have to do it and post my results with pics.

To me Merrill Toolbox looks  like a 5 frame standard nuc (9 5/8'') whit solid bottom board and solid board on top
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 09:19:46 AM »

my thoughts exactly. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011, 12:45:25 PM »

This is an interesting swarm box.

http://lavendercreek.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/lets-not-do-this-again/
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2011, 09:48:21 PM »

So, I built my bee package toolbox. Check it out.

I've posted pics on my blog.

It's definitely smaller than a nuc and it won't work for a stool. But it is lighter than a nuc and fits what I need for my backyard hive.
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011, 10:13:11 PM »

Looks good.   Just need more stuff in that tool box now.
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2011, 10:29:15 PM »

The Merrill Box is a 5 frames Nuc!! I have one and I would not leave home without it! It holds everything I need and keeps my primary tools in easy to reach places. Plenty of room inside the box as well. I can fit a bee suit and gloves inside. Probably, one of the finest investments I ever made! I even used it one day to make an unexpected split! Wasn't planning on the split and I did not have a hive, but the toolbox is equipped to hold frames and it has port for ventilation!
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