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Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment: How to Construct 8- & 10-Frame Hives; Top Bar, Nuc & Demo Hives; Feeders, Swarm Catchers & More

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35 Building Projects for All Your Beekeeping Needs

With Tony Pisano's step-by-step instructions, a table saw, and a few other common tools and materials, you can build everything you need to house and protect your bees — from hive bodies to supers and covers. You'll even find a section on installing electric fencing and plans for building jigs that make assembling frames and installing foundations a snap.

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Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment: How to Construct 8- & 10-Frame Hives; Top Bar, Nuc & Demo Hives; Feeders, Swarm Catchers & More

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Overview

35 Building Projects for All Your Beekeeping Needs

With Tony Pisano's step-by-step instructions, a table saw, and a few other common tools and materials, you can build everything you need to house and protect your bees — from hive bodies to supers and covers. You'll even find a section on installing electric fencing and plans for building jigs that make assembling frames and installing foundations a snap.

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Riding on the coattails of interest in urban homesteading, beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular. Beekeeper and first-time author Pisano here offers detailed information about constructing a variety of hives and specialized equipment. Illustrations show measurements and exploded views of construction. In addition to hives, other beekeeping projects described include swarm catchers and feeders. Note that the author is writing for experienced beekeepers, not beginners. Terminology, tool use, and building techniques are not explained. VERDICT While the line drawings do a good job of detailing construction, there are few step-by-step instructions. Readers who already have beekeeping experience will be drawn to the various hive designs. For beginners, a better selection on bee housing and equipment is Blackiston's Building Beehives for Dummies. For a general introduction on beekeeping, Kim Flottum's The Backyard Beekeeper is a good option. Recommended where there is demand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120591
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 257,537
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Pisano runs his own business producing and selling honey, as well as soap, candles, lip balm, and hand salves from his own beeswax. He lives in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface


Chapter One: Before We Begin

Safety First and Always

The Tools

Materials

Special Techniques

Planning Your Project


Chapter Two: Starting at the Bottom

Solid Bottom Board

Screened Bottom Board

Slatted Rack

Chapter Three: Hive Bodies and Supers

Hive Body with Butt Joints

Hive Body with Rabbet Joints

Medium and Shallow Supers

Chapter Four: Putting a Lid on It

Basic Inner Cover

Insulated Inner Cover for Winter

Screened Inner Cover

Telescoping Outer Cover

Chapter Five: Building Hive Stands

A Very Basic Hive Stand

Hive Stand with Landing Boards

Doone's Double-Hive Stand

Chapter Six: It's All in the Details

Hive Spacer

Entrance Reducer

Paint Can Feeder

Bucket Feeder with Screened Plug Insert

Traditional Boardman-Style Entrance Feeder

Escape Boards

Chapter Seven: Let's Do a Little Jig

Simple Bending Jig

Frame Assembly Jig

The Best-Ever Jig for Installing Foundation

Chapter Eight: Make a Swarm-Catching Kit

Simple Bucket Swarm Catcher

Variation: Swiveling-Bucket Swarm Catcher

Wire-Frame Swarm Catcher

Chapter Nine: Building 8-Frame Hives and Nucs

8-Frame Deep Hive Body

8-Frame Solid Bottom Board

8-Frame Screened Bottom Board

8-Frame Slatted Rack

8-Frame Inner Cover

8-Frame Telescoping Outer Cover

Nuc Hive Body

5-Frame Nuc Bottom Board

Chapter Ten: Specialty Hives

Top-Bar Hive

Demonstration Hive

Resources

Index

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