Projects

Splash Paint

Originally made in August 2023, I have just got around to finishing it off so it’s ready to use. So I guess I’m no Jackson Pollock but I don’t mind having some fun splashing paint around. I’m not sure if

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Observation Towers – Inlays

These observation boxes have evolved over the years and this version remains similar to previous version, just with some cosmetic updates. The darker Merbau timber is used as inlays on the doors and trims on the top and bottom boards,

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Aa Shipping Crate Hive

Starting some new Shipping Crate style boxes for Austroplebeia australis, a species that works well with smaller volumes. These boxes will be one piece and have a internal volume of 3 litres. Using Cypress that’s been sitting around for over

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Data Logger Housing

Year 2021: I started out just mounting the data logging units on the outside of the hive box then after some heavy rain some where exposed to a bit of water and failed. The wires were always a bit messy

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One Piece Native Bee Hive Box

Specs: These boxes will be good for budding/eduction/transfers/rescues and ideal for people that don’t like to split. By using a one piece box and not being splittable there’s no joins or gaps for pests or water to enter so you

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Witch House Hive

Inspired by the photo below, this is built to house stingless bees, with a volume of 7 litres. 242 roof shingles, making a total of around 400 pieces of wood, and a few days work… A lot of work went

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Log Cabin – Shaped Logs

Similar design to my original “basic log cabin“, I’ve spent a fair bit of time shaping the logs for a more natural log look and I think they’ve turned out ok. These split the same as a standard native bee

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External Piped Honey Super

Mitch from Central Highland Native Bees has done a bit of work with the “Externally piped honey super concept”, see his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/centralhighlandnativebees This is an updated version to my previous design of 2020. Photos show the white

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Budding Box – non split

This is a one piece non splittable box with added honey super on top. This is not a new idea as others have made similar designs, but I have made a few for my own entertainment, research and testing. Staying

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Observation Box with Removable Insert

This box can house one single standard native bee box frame (OATH design) or a larger volume frame that can stay in place. The advantage of the removable frame is that once the colony has populated the frame, the frame

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Hive Stand – Wood Stool

Multi-function hive stand that can hold two boxes. The stool is square with the same dimensions in any direction so the boxes can be placed in any position. You can also sit on it or use it as a side

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Observation Tower with extras

Observation Tower with extras This observation tower stays with the same style as previous 7 litre observation boxes though i have sectioned off a small area at the top to house a jar and data logger. This reduces the live

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Shipping Crate Hive

Shipping Crate Box: I’ve been working on a few of these crate style hive boxes of various sizes. The construction seems simple but they have been quite a task with 52 pieces of wood in the square boxes and 60

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Observation Log

Observation Logs – 6.5 Litre and 3 litre There’s a few curves and angles in these ones. Hopefully they will give the feel of looking inside a real tree hollow. Double doors . double sided viewing. 35mm thick Cypress. Observation

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50mm Cypress Beast Box

Is bigger better? For my own entertainment I whacked together a 50mm Cypress box. These boxes are just being used for future temperature testing. We might think that a bigger thicker box is going to provide better insulation but there’s

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Camphor Laurel Native Bee Box

Can I make a native bee box from Camphor laurel? That questions comes up every now and then. Some say you can’t and some say you can, though I’m not sure if it’s just the usual third hand information spread

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Observation Towers

Observation Towers – 3 and 7 litres These are ideal for Budding / Eductions for Tetragonula Carbonaria and Tetragonula Hockingsi. You will get to see colonies being created, that’s what Observation boxes are all about. Previous design box… See more

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Cypress Native Bee Box

Cypress Native Bee Box These boxes were custom made to match some previous boxes with some slight changes. The Cypress frames are rebated to add to the strength if you want to run over it with your car and all

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Settlers Log Cabin Native Bee Hive

Prize winner for Expo 2023 – Judges choice and Peoples choice! While this Log Cabin is a little more detailed than previous builds, it’s still the classic design and even has a little yellow native bee hive on the front

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Fairy Door Hive

This idea came from Simone as part of the recent “Suggestions 2020” post. Simone posted this photo from Google that shows the Fairy Door on a big tree, I’ve interpreted it in to a Native Bee Observation Box. This will

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