Well winter is officially here, another few inches of snow this weekend, so I’m stuck hoping the bees survive, and spending my bee energy working on equipment, and trying other fun ideas. I’ve nearly completed a Cathedral hive, just for the fun of building it, and it looks very good so far.
For my design, I modified the frames slightly from the original top bar cathedral design, to be complete frames similar to a lang. Should make inspections quite simple. The main bar of the frames is also the same length as a lang, so I could put half frames into a lang to use to start the hive out with, unless a swarm happens to come my way this spring.
The case is made from solid 2" thick rough sawn cedar. The extra thickness should provide some insulation for overwintering.
Making the frame parts wasn’t noticeably more difficult then regular langstroth frames, but coming up with an assembly jig proved challenging. I settled on a simple layout on plywood, that allows me to glue up one frame at a time very precisely.
Still need to make a couple of follower boards, finish assembling frames, and make a stand/mount then it is ready for spring.