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Making a Langstroth Hive Exterior Cover

Drill and cut pieces for a bee hive lid

The bee hives Mark's friend gave us were almost complete, but none of them had exterior lids.  Friday, we put together a couple of lids (minus paint and tin, which will come soon.)

Unpainted bee box lidFirst, I used this very handy diagram of a Langstroth hive to mark the pieces on a new sheet of plywood.  Then Mark helped me cut them out with the table saw --- a carefully choreographed dance of him pushing and me pulling, both of us monitoring the whirring blade and the straight line.

And here's the finished product, screwed together rather than nailed as suggested in the diagram.  I know it's simple, but that's about the level of my woodworking skills.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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What, no liquid nails?
Comment by Errol Sat Feb 21 07:22:50 2009
Ha! Actually, Mark's talked me into using liquid nails to put together two sheets of flashing on the top of the cover into one sheet....
Comment by anna Sat Feb 21 17:36:57 2009

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