Creating a new hive

For Methods 1 to 4 you will need an existing hive colony – either already purchased or naturally occurring on your property. Buy a Native Bee Hive full with Bees – see a list of sellers here AussieBee.com.au/SellerList Methods of creating a new hive 1. Splitting: You already have a native bee hive and are separating […]

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Rebated Cypress OATH

Specs: Timber: Cypress Timber Thickness: 35mm Design: Rebated OATH with Super – 280mm x 200mm. Galvanised screws fitted internally so they are not seen from the outside. Internal Volume: 6.8 litres Brood Supports: Cypress Separator Plate: Clear Acrylic Coating: Oil Rebated joints – adds some extra strength to box construction. The extra strength isn’t really […]

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The Outhouse

Just for a laugh i made something a little different, The Outhouse – Dunny Box! This box should provide quite a sturdy and solid home for native bees, something you could use as a feature in the garden and doesn’t need any extra protection from the weather. Using 40mm rough cypress… Below – the inner […]

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Square Pillar Hive

This one is based on the Brazilian design I’ve made before. It shares the same inner frames so they can be swapped between the boxes for splitting etc. Specs: Timber: Cypress Timber Thickness: 25mm thick individual frames inside a 25mm outer Pillar box. Design: Pillar / Pegged (no screws or nails) Internal Volume: 4.5 litres Brood […]

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Photos 2015

Photo above: Native Stingless Bee, Tetragonula Carbonaria Below: Blue Banded Bee having a rest on the vegie garden chicken wire… These little spiders will try to grab native bees…. Native Bee – Lasioglossum – Identified by Megan Halcroft and Ken Walker – ANBN The morning sun entering the hive… Terry the Belgian, supervising in the […]

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Treasure Chest

Treasure Chest Native Bee Hive Based on similar specs as the standard box dimensions of 280mm x 200mm, with a curved shape Honey Super. It’s something that you might have as a conversation piece in your outdoor entertaining area. The tops are made from eight angled pieces. It’s a bit fiddly getting the exact angle […]

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The Crate

The Crate! All Cypress, the hive is a standard OATH and is a separate structure to the outside crate. The top four slats are unscrewed to remove the hive. This would look great in a patio area. It should be placed in a sheltered area, or a roof added if it’s out in the open. […]

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Log Cabin Hive

The Log Cabin Hive I machined down a heap of timber to 35mm x 45mm This is a basic mock-up with all layers just sitting in place, not fixed together… I’ve rounded the edges of one layer, just to get started. All layers will be rounded off Honey Super installed Aluminium Brood Supports installed Roof […]

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Octagonal Hives

I’m using the usual 35mm Cypress on these Octagonal shaped boxes. Octagonal Hives involve a lot of work and can take a long time to get done so I don’t think many people would make these odd shapes. Below – I’ve planed down and cut a heap of pieces to a suitable length. 360 degrees divided […]

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