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Offline teebo

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cypress beehives
« on: February 08, 2007, 07:09:53 PM »
 I was looking at a web site that had cypress beehives for sale and was wondering if anyone has used are made them from cypress wood, and is it a good wood to use? :roll:

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 08:27:42 PM »
I haven't used them. Seems a bit expensive.

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007, 09:24:48 PM »
Cypress is nice. It's also expensive.  I have pine boxes that are 32 years old and still have bees in them.  How much longer will the cypress ones last?
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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007, 09:48:52 PM »
I have a few and like them very well.  They will outlast the pine boxes here in florida and you don't have to paint them. :-D

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2007, 10:44:11 PM »
I have a few and like them very well.  They will outlast the pine boxes here in florida and you don't have to paint them. :

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2007, 10:48:11 PM »
I've worked in Florida a couple of times and saw some cypress wood
beautiful stuff I use Pine
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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2007, 10:49:30 PM »
I live in Florida. I am using cheap pine.

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007, 06:27:05 PM »
Cypress is like Cedar, both have about double the life of pine.  That's one reason they're so expensive.
I prefer Cedar when I can get it, either new or salvage.
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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2007, 12:58:17 PM »
I bought 6 cypress supers last year from a website.  They were very helpful and sent the order promptly.  The wood was very nice, and I am sure will last a lifetime because of the oils in it.  However, knowing what I know now, I will just make my own out of pine 1 X 8 from a big box store and paint the outside with copper napthalene and then a coat or two of whatever, spar varnish or white latex.  Even if you don't have your own table saw and tools, buying precut pine supers is way cheaper.  It will last a long time if you take care of it.

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2007, 02:22:18 PM »
I will just make my own out of pine 1 X 8 from a big box store and paint the outside with copper napthalene and then a coat or two of whatever, spar varnish or white latex. 

Those wooden boxes in the picture are my self made in the year 1966. So 40 years old. Picture is 1,5 years old.  They are pine and painted with light outdoor latex paint.  Thin layer is essential that moisture breathes out from wood.


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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2007, 02:38:22 PM »
I have about 15 ac. of Cedar trees I'm looking to find a use for.  Finsky, looks like your boxes are layered?  What was the reasoning behind the construction?  What are everyone thoughts on building your own from cedar planks?  Perhaps we could set up a long term solution? 

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2007, 02:57:18 PM »
I have about 15 ac. of Cedar trees I'm looking to find a use for.  Finsky, looks like your boxes are layered?  What was the reasoning behind the construction?  What are everyone thoughts on building your own from cedar planks?  Perhaps we could set up a long term solution? 

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I had only circular saw with witch I splitted the boards. Then I hit with rough nail them together.

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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2007, 03:04:01 PM »
Finsky, so you ripped the boards to size?  The layering was intentional as a design or a solution to the dimensions of the lumbar that you have available?  how did you fasten the layers?  they look very solid, no problems with separation between the layers then.
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2007, 03:29:58 PM »

The dimension of element was 30 mm thick x 40 mm high.  Then I hit them together with  4" roughly galvanized nails.

First I used clue but box consumed so much (expencive) that stopped that. Layers stay in their place because weight of boxes press them together.

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Re: cypress beehives
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2007, 06:09:40 PM »
You guys are pretty smart
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