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Frame Groove Cleaning Tool
for cleaning wax and propolis from frame grooves



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Drawing of Groove Cleaning Tool This version was designed by myself about 1980.

The handle is described and dimensioned on the page Wooden Handle


The tip itself...

Groove Tool Tip The material is a high carbon content steel wire 3 mm in diameter. (Mine came from a ball bearing manufacturer.)

Bend to shape at red heat, using a gas torch, vice and pliers.

Grind cutting edges on a grindstone, but not so sharp as the tip will "jag" in use or dig into the wood grain. Once the tip has worn a little you will find it a very quick and easy method as the blunt edge 'skates' on the wood surface in the bottom of the groove.

Another thing that helps this groove cleaning operation, is a cool or cold ambient temperature. A frosty winter's day does have some uses in beekeeping!

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Written... Summer 2000, Revised... 09 Aug 2002
Transferred to New Domain... 14 May 2004,