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16 Comments

  1. Cindi

    Rob, you astound me. Where on earth do you find the time to do what you do. Have this wonderful day, C.U. on the forum.

    Cindi

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  2. Dubhe

    Crisp, concise, and incredibly useful site. Thanks for taking the time to build & post it.

    Andy

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  3. David

    Rob,
    Great stuff. I really like the simplicity of the frame building jig. Thanks for sharing.

    David

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  4. Titus

    The dimensions on the frame assembly jig are very helpful, thank you.
    Titus

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  5. Irwin

    Robo you got a great site here and you have helped so many people. Thank’s for all the work that you do here and at Beemaster’s

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  6. wd

    Very nice website! Bookmarked for future reference.

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  7. Mr. G Beekeeper

    Yes, I am equally impressed with your site. You are hereby bookmarked!

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  8. James

    Great site. I have one question about the Bushkill Swarm Trap. At what height does the frame rest need to be secured to the front and back panels? I didn’t see this mentioned in the plans anywhere. Oh, one other thing, what is the meaning behind the “Bushkill” name? Thanks for all your time and hard work you do for everyone with beekeeping. I have been listening to you on some of the WPN podcast. Keep up the great work. God Bless and hope you are feeling better.
    Regards,
    James

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    • Robo

      Hi James,

      At what height does the frame rest need to be secured to the front and back panels?

      Well, there is nothing critical about the height of the frame rests. I personally like leaving a bee space between the top cover and the frame tops as this seems to reduce the propolis between the frames and cover. I believe I have mine set about 3/4″ below the top edge.

      Oh, one other thing, what is the meaning behind the “Bushkill” name?

      Bushkill is dutch for forest creek. I’m located in the Catskill Mountains of New York, more specifically near the Bushkill creek and valley. It is a tributary to the Ashokan reservoir which supplies water to NYC.

      Thanks for the kind words and participating in the WpN podcasts. BTW, nice blog you have, you should consider joining Beemaster Beekeeping Ring which is another one of my projects…..

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  9. David

    On your drawing for the 4-way you didn’t give mesurments at the dato spots. For the deviders boards. I am guessing it goes something like 4 1/4 3 1/2 3 1/2 4 1/4 other wise great job.
    David

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    • Robo

      Oops! Good catch. The compartments are 3-1/2″ wide. I’ll have to update the plans when I get a chance.

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  10. Steven

    A nice site and I am looking forward to making your 5 frame nuc. I do have a couple of questions.

    First the download specifies 1/2″ plywood. As the bottom is 1/2″ and the front piece is 7 1/2″ I am guessing that it has to be 1/2″ exactly and not the 1/2″ plywood that actually measures something less than 1/2″ or does the 1/2″ nominal stuff work O.K.?

    Second there seems to be a bit of an optical illusion on the first page with the picture. The front end seems to be fitting on the end of the side pieces at the top but on the inside at the bottom. I am guessing it should fit on the inside as it is 7 1/2″ wide but the bottom board is 8 1/2″ wide. 7 1/2″ becomes 8 1/2″ after the addition of two 1/2″ thickness side boards.

    Thanks,
    Steven

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  11. Robo

    @Steven
    1. 15/32″ plywood works fine.
    2. Front gets sandwiched between the two long sides and the end cap goes on the outside of the front & 2 sides.

    Rob….

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  12. Steven

    Rob, thank you for your notes.

    Do you use any mechanical attachments such as nails or screws? I would think they would not work very well going into the edge of the plywood. Perhaps brad nails to hold the edges together while the glue dries.

    The salesman recommended a polyurethane construction adhesive and I purchased “PL Premium advanced.” What has worked well for you?

    I did make a change to your cut layout. I had the fellow at Home Depot use their panel saw to cut two plywood sheets into strips of 7 1/2,” 8 1/2,” 9,” and two strips at 10 1/4.” A strip that measured 1 5/8″ was left over. He cut both sheets at the same time so I should have two pieces almost exactly the same width. This produced straighter cuts then I could do with my saws and I think will result in a better fit. It will also cut my construction time down. I will stack two pieces together when I make my cuts so they will be the same length. If the 1 5/8″ piece will fit as an end cap (you used 2″) I will use if for that purpose.

    I have not constructed these nucs yet so my idea may be all wet and there may not be enough pieces to complete all eight nucs (4 per sheet).

    Your cut plan is more elegant. It has larger and therefore more usable pieces left over.

    If any of this raises a red flag with you please speak up.

    Thanks,
    Steven Jayne

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  13. Robo

    @Steven

    Do you use any mechanical attachments such as nails or screws?
    Yes, I use 1/4″ crown staples. They work well. I don’t think relying solely on glue would work.

    The salesman recommended a polyurethane construction adhesive and I purchased “PL Premium advanced.” What has worked well for you?
    Titebond III

    I did make a change to your cut layout. I had the fellow at Home Depot use their panel saw to cut two plywood sheets into strips of 7 1/2,” 8 1/2,” 9,” and two strips at 10 1/4.”……
    There is more than one way to skin a cat. What is easiest for me, won’t be easiest for everyone. Good to see you put some thought into it and change things up to meet your needs.

    I have not constructed these nucs yet so my idea may be all wet and there may not be enough pieces to complete all eight nucs (4 per sheet).
    Let us know how they turn out.

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  14. Kevin

    I still find this as one of the best resources I have found for easily made and useful bee keeping tools! After building the 5 frame nucs, though, I believe I am going to make some new permanent lids that have a hole and screen for jar feeding in them. Thank you for all the sweet plans!

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