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New Bee
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« on: March 25, 2006, 09:55:08 PM »

Hi I'm looking to get back into the beekeeping hobby and am wondering if anyone/everyone finds it least expensive to buy unassembled hives and them put them together. I have air nailers and a shop full of tools, so I'm wondering if I'm really better off buying unassembed ones. Thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2006, 11:18:54 PM »

It's a piece of cake.  All you really need is a hammer, some outdoor rated paint (I buy the rejects for a dollar a quart at home depot) and a paint brush. It is actually quite relaxing.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2006, 01:05:12 AM »

I buy mine in parts and assemble them myself and am a new beekeeper.

Although my wood is supposed to be kiln dried it always pays to let it season for a few weeks in the sun if you can.

I paint mine with whatever white paint I have, then coat the whole thing in a few layers of that white PVC glue that dries clear. (uv stabilised of course) coz I got buckets of the stuff.

For me glueing then nailing the joints works well.

If you have half a clue and the energy, just make templates from the first hive parts you buy then cut your own. If you already have the gear, id say you will save 90% in $$
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006, 07:47:33 AM »

to make to buy.

If you are as equipped with all the tools, as you say smiley  That's what tool are for or am I missing something. While you're at it build youself a house, it's  the same, only larger smiley  Tongue

Actually all the hive parts can be home made very easily including frames.

However frames are fairly cheap and uiform if you like wood. Personally I have made some frames but I prefer the all plastic Pierco. Life does not have to be complicated. including fooling around with bees.
Michael Bush
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2006, 09:11:27 AM »

All the "assembled" ones I know of come with plastic 5.4mm foundation.  Since I wouldn't use that, it's a waste, for me.  I buy unassmebled and either use small cell foundation or I buy frames with no grooves in the top and bottom bar and cut the top bar for foundationless frames.

It's not hard to make the boxes.  The frames are handier with a frame nailing jig.

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New Bee
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006, 11:26:51 AM »

The savings in shipping cost alone is significant.  Assembled boxes are so light weight compared to size that they demand a sircharge from the shipper.


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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2006, 03:29:44 AM »

The number of hives you are building can be a factor too! I just built my first 3 colonies. I got the hives unassembled, but I bought all of the frames assembled. Worked out great! I got to have some fun working with them, but not too much work.

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