Making Hive Stands for our Bee Hives

Hi Everyone, I’m Not a Farm Girl, and today
I’m going to be making stands for our beehives. This is the screened bottom to one of our
beehives. It will sit this way, so I’m going to turn
it over, I’m going to measure the length, and I’m going to measure in between the two
sides of it because we will have a lip that goes inside of here so that when this sets
on top of the hive stand it gives it stability so it won’t fall off to one side or the other. As I was trying to count how many eights, one, two, 3/8 right here, Chris said, “Just
tilt the tape measure this way, look at that, it’s already marked for you.” That makes this
job easier. Ok, 23 3/8, and I’m going to write that right
here. Easy way to remember. This one is 12 1/2 Chris has already cut our two side lengths,
now I’m going to measure and cut our two end pieces. I’m using a
speed square so I can get a nice straight line. Now I’m going to line up my saw with the line that I drew, then I’m going to press the speed
square tightly against that spot, that will make sure as I’m cutting the saw will make
a nice straight cut. Now it’s time to start screwing it together.
We’ve set the shorter length of wood inset into the bottom so it will form a natural
lip at either end of the assembly. (drill makes weird noise)
Is it ok when it clicks like that? Chris: Yes. Ok, now, we’ll put the outer edge on the other side. (music) There is plenty of room right here for the
bottom piece to slide right in under this board. Plenty of clearance. We had some OSB scraps at the house, and here are two lengths that have already been cut
to slide right inside here. I’m going to flush it up with the bottom,
or what will be the top actually, turn it this way. Drill it in…Screw it in. All right, now if I set it down here, this should fitsnugly on top. Maybe? Uh-Oh. There we go. Good! Chris: Perfect Fit. Allright, next? Legs. Now that I’ve made one leg, I’m going
to use it as a template for the rest. As you can see, we still have to paint the bee hive
before we put it in its final location. We wanted to check it out and see how our stand
worked… Looks pretty good. Keep watching our Bee-venture 2016 videos to see what happens next. Today I’ll be using
our uh… Now I’m going to screw the parts that we cut together. and we’ve set this inside so it will form the back lip of this, thing. Chris: THIS in THIS to form the back of THIS thing Lorella: Is it up against the edge? Chris: Yeah, then once you have that take these 3 ‘U’ shaped pieces… Lorella: Just turn it around and do the same thing on the other end. Chris: No because it’s not… Chris: well it might be the same distance, we’ll check it. We will turn it around and see if it fits this end here flush here. Lorella: It will be flush here regardless. Lorella: Is this piece the same width? Chris: Yes, Yes Lorella: so the end to end is not a problem, its just if it blocks this hole or not. Chris: Maybe, we will try it and see, that is a good idea though you had. Lorella: I had a good idea and we got it on video! He acknowledged it! One time I had the actual better idea! it’s usually him. It’s almost always him.


  1. Really great explanation on your build process!! I have to say- I find myself fast forwarding to near the end of your videos to see the out takes before watching the edited portion. I personally call this eating the dessert before the dinner viewing experience. The out takes are soooooo funny!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. The most important thing that bees require is food (flowers) all of the summer long. Right from early spring to late fall. Even though bees can travel up to 2 miles to find the flowers it takes fuel for them to fly that far and they would rather just pack up the hive and move closer so you will be left with an empty hive. In my 30 acres I probably have 10 acres of raised bed garden. Of that 10 acres 25% is rested each 4 years and I will plant bee balm, buckwheat and borage (that produce excellent bee flowers) among others just for the bees before tilling back into the soil.  My recommendation is to be taught by a practicing bee keeper and join an active bee club. They can give you a wealth of information on not only every day activities but new things that you may not learn for years. Even though our bee club is small we are in constant communication with other clubs in SW British Columbia. Also our provincial government is very active in the keeping of bees. Good Luck and God Bless

  3. The out takes are the best. Really shows the human side, not just the tutorial stuff. Keep it up, really love your videos.

  4. lol when I am building something….which seems like I am always building something…..I read the tape meassure like this…..2 feet and 3 lines. lol At one time I actually did know what the lines were, ( I worked at a place where I had to use it daily) but when I left that job, I didnt need to remember it anymore and I serious just forgot the proper names….lol. I could relearn them, but I have found that it doesnt matter as long as I know what I am talking about. lol. Hubby use to laugh at me for it, but now if he is home and helping me biuld something, then he knows what I mean too. He use to call off 1/16th to me and so on….he's learned it is a waste of his time to do so, because I aint gonna change how I do it now. hehehehe

  5. I love all your videos but this is the one thing I will never have on my farm. I swear I almost needed a shot just thinking about trying to keep bees. Or anything with a stinger. The sad part is that I absolutely love raw honey and it doesn't bother me to eat it but let a bee sting me and it off to the hospital we go.

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