I’ve just completed my Tasmanian Oak 8 frame observation hive.
The main body sits on a pivoting frame that hangs from the shed wall and is secured with cupboard Allen screw fittings.
It was important that the hive body was easily removable from the frame, six Allen key screws all accessible from the outside and that the hive was kept “clean” without having gate hinges attached to it so it can be placed into a display stand for markets or school projects etc.
The doors are 4mm toughened glass rebated into the frames to give me 10mm beespace, 4mm was chosen to keep weight down and 4mm is the minimum you can get toughened, each pane weighs 4.6kg keeping the door weight around 5kg, total empty weight is around 15kg.
Glass was chosen over Perspex for clarity and cleaning.
The exit is positioned in the chicken yard next to the shed window, so as I’m working at the bench I’ll have a good view of them
Venting involved a lot of head scratching with my final thought being, better too much than not enough, they’ll propilise anything they don’t want.
It’ll be at least a month before I’ve built up my other hives enough to populate this one unless I pick up a swarm.
All in all, for a very novice woodworker I’m pleased how it came out.