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Warre hive vertical top bar pin

Warre hive top bar holding pin how to make diy

Warre hive vertical top bars need a pin to keep them secure.

I didn't have any nails that size, so we made our own pins by cutting small sections of 14 gauge galvanized wire and hammering them into pilot holes.

Pay extra attention to the space between the bars. It might help to mark all the holes before you actually drill.

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Where did you get the design for your Warre hive? Any chance on getting a post on the complete build? What is the single best source for Warre information you have found, besides here? ;)
Comment by Dave V Fri May 4 04:46:16 2012

Dave --- The free ebook Beekeeping for All provides plans for building the hive. That website also includes plans for making the hive, in case you'd rather read the info on the web.

That said, we went ahead and bought a kit from ($195 unassembled with everything you need to make a high quality cedar hive with four boxes, plus top bars, floor, quilt, and roof.) Their instructions need a little work, but the craftsmanship of the hive they sent was top-notch.

If you've got time, I'd recommend making the hives yourself, but I got in a bind with taking so long to finish my book this winter and not leaving myself time to build bee hives before the garden season started....

Comment by anna Fri May 4 11:49:14 2012

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