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Top Bee Space Split Board or Wedmore board

3rd Angle
The Grain should run along the longest dimension of any part.

Cutting of parts (all dimensions in mm).

QtyLengthWidth ThicknessMaterialUsage
1460460 9Exterior PlywoodMain Panel

Rim parts are 19 mm x 9 mm in various lengths to suit the various individual layouts.

This drawing illustrates the single version (full colony version) at 1 pixel per mm scale.
(There is no underside rim in the Top Bee Space version.)
Top Bee Space Split Board or Wedmore board This is not much different to a crown board with a piece cut from the rim. Any holes that exist in a crown board may be covered by mesh or aluminium sheet.

I have found this type of board extremely useful along with the Artificial Swarming and Demaree System
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for actually forming nucs in one operation along with swarm control.

However if you intend to do this you must make sure that the queencells used have come from a stock that you would wish to propagate.

The drawing below illustrates versions for two, three or four nucs at reduced scale.
Rational Split Board or Wedmore boards for 2, 3 or 4 nucs
Rational Split Board or Wedmore boards for 1, 2, 3 or 4 nucs incorporating verandahs It may have been a sign of the times that Wedmore lived in, but he incorporated 25 mm verandahs on any edge that contained an entrance slot.
Versions with and without verandahs and bottom bee space types were manufactured at APEX Enterprises. For storage and transport reasons, I sawed off all remaining verandahs in what remains of my personal equipment during 1995

Assemble using a waterproof PVA type glue and 16 mm pins or staples.

This board has bee space on only one side (top) of the main panel. If petroleum jelly is used on the rim and linseed oil is used on the main panel the items will give many years of good service.

There is a Bottom bee space version which is very similar, but with a rim on the underside.

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Originated... Autumn 2000, Revised... 29 May 2003,

raticon Coding Standard 2003 Issue 2