- I have 1.38" lumber for the top-bars and no way to rip it at the moment.
Will that still work? I've seen some that use 1.5" top bars. I'm going
to glue and nail chamfer strips to them for the comb guides. I'm still
undecided as to how long to make the hive. I figure 30 of those top bars
would make for 45" in length. Think that'll be sufficient? I plan to
cover it with a 48" long plank of plywood.
I have all the wood to make this:
...ready to be cut. His is too long for a 48" cover tho so I'm going to
make it slightly shorter, methinks.
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- The thread we used to tie the cut comb onto the bars worked really well.
It's been less than a week and all the comb is already firmly attached
to the bars.
I gave a little tug to the thread on the second day and they'd already
bitten through it on most of the bars where we used the lightweight
thread. The embroidery thread took longer, about 4-5 days before that
pulled free and all but one thread is out.
I was able to leave the bars in place and gently pull the thread as it
released and pull it all out on top without removing any bars. Amazing.
I could also tell without even lifting the bars and disturbing the bees
that everything was in place. I very gently started to lift each bar out
and could feel that they had weight on them.
It's a sunny day today and they're busy working. All is well in our
little corner of bee world.
By the way, the farmers who owned the building we got the bees from has
a daughter who is a reporter. She mentioned it at the newspaper and they
are right now writing up an article about this. I inserted some info
about the bee problems and TBHs so hopefully this will be educational as
well as interesting. I'll post the link if/when it goes to print.
Friendly Haven Rise Farm