Moots, what do you estimate the weight so far? Looks like it will be a "buggah" to move!
You got me curious, good question, so I decided to get an official weight on it. As pictured, Hive body frame, both glass doors, and the eight medium frames...46 pounds. All that remains is a little hardware to secure the doors, maybe a couple of handles, and a couple coats of paint...plus whatever the bees, wax, brood and honey add to the mix. I'm thinking it'll be fine, but plan B is to add a small wire cable with a turnbuckle from the wall above the top hinge to the upper outside corner to lend additional support.
Beautiful.....single frames? at least that is how it looks in the picture. Had to drag my husband, Jim, in to see it. I want one!!!!!
Thanks Carol...yes it's single stack, eight medium frames.
Looks great Moots. Obviously your wife is much more open to the idea of having bees IN THE HOUSE than mine will ever be. LOL
More pictures as you proceed please.
Sometimes I just go with the theory that it's easier to get forgiveness than permission. :-D
Actually, I've always thought that I would eventually get around to building an OH, but it wasn't necessarily at the top of my to do list. However, it's my wife that kept hinting for it....she would give me the look every time someone would utter the words "observation hive". That was right up until she saw the size of it. :laugh: But if I was going to go through the trouble of having one, I wanted it to be large enough to have a better shot at being sustainable. Anyway, since I showed her how it'll swing out the way when not being viewed, I "think" I'm on a little more solid ground...we'll see!