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Author Topic: Observation hive - what type of finish  (Read 1536 times)
FredBorn
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« on: October 12, 2005, 04:43:24 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, Huh

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005, 04:58:59 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.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2005, 07:33:29 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, 09:12:29 AM »

I'd only finish the outside.  I'd use polyurethane or nothing or boiled linseed oil.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2005, 02:23:47 PM »

Mine is coated with polyurethane, outside only.  

 
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2005, 07:28:29 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, 09:48:22 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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