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Offline FredBorn

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Observation hive - what type of finish
« on: October 12, 2005, 05:43:24 PM »
I made a small one frame obseravtion hive to take to bee talks.

I plan to put a frame in the observation hive just before I go to the meeting/talk and put it back in the hive immediatelty after.

I made it out of plain pine.

What could I finish it with? Varnish, shellack, ???

Thanks

fred - citrus county florida

Offline Apis629

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Observation hive - what type of finish
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005, 05:58:59 PM »
You could probably finish the ouside with just about anything you want(varnish, stain, wax coat, etc.) just don't finish the inside.  I had a permenant observation hive just last year.  I didn't apply any kind of finish given it was an indoor hive but, if you let it dry and air out for a while the bees would probably be fine with any kind of finish on the OUTSIDE of the observational hive.

Offline stilllearning

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2005, 08:33:29 PM »
shellack would be a bad choice,  it is affected by water,  I am sure
you have seen fine furniture with a white ring where someone set
a wet glass.  That happens on a shellack finish
varnish outside nothing inside would be my choice.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2005, 10:12:29 AM »
I'd only finish the outside.  I'd use polyurethane or nothing or boiled linseed oil.  :)
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2005, 03:23:47 PM »
Mine is coated with polyurethane, outside only.  

 

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2005, 08:28:29 PM »
Only do the outside.  But then be creative, but practical as well.  I stained mine, and put 2 coats of polyurethane on it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2005, 10:48:22 PM »
I use analine dye stain (water based) and shellac.  Dried shellac is considered food grade.  It is used to coat capsules, so it can be used inside if you wanted.  I don't.
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