Coatings Test 2022

After nearly six years since the last test, It’s time for a new coatings test! I’ve added a couple of new products to my list to try. Doug Irvine uses the Intergrain Heavy Duty finish on his finger joint boxes so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve also recently been trying the Weatherfast […]

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Observation Windows

If you keep looking you wont be able to see! Observation windows have become quite popular in the native bee community, though not necessary and you shouldn’t let the lack of one turn you off a hive sale. They can be very interesting and handy for checking on your colony. Light: Native Stingless Bees will […]

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Wooden Pegs

Wooden Pegs / Dowels for Native Bee Frame Construction Wooden pegs or dowels can be used to pin frames together for that fancy box you’re making if you’re trying to get away from the exposed screw look. You can use any kind of wooden dowels bought from the hardware store. These will almost always be […]

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Wood Sample Testing

Wood Sample Test – Exposure to the elements I thought i’d throw a few samples of different wood together for some weather exposure tests. Alex of Spicers Hollow Native Bees is trialing some Paulownia and donated a few left over samples and also some PVC board that some box makers use, the rest of the […]

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Honey Super Designs & Testing

////\\\\ Article under construction – I need to add results after a year or two. Stingless Bees can create their honey pots everywhere within the hive but it’s commonly thought they will store their honey further away from the entrance, and place Pollen nearer the entrance. (See photo below that displays this) For “optimum” pure […]

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