The Grain should run along the longest dimension of any part.
Cutting of parts (all dimensions in mm).
||9||Exterior Plywood||Lower Panel|
||4||Exterior Ply or Hardboard||Top Panel|
||50||18||Pine||Long sides of rim|
||50||18||Pine||Other rim parts|
||10||Spangled Galvanised||Sheet Metal Cover|
||50||Expanded Polystyrene Foam||Insulation|
If you wish to use this item in a system that uses bottom
bee space, then add the Rim Parts.
Use without the rim if top bee space is required.
9 mm plywood is specified for the lower surface
owing to it's greater rigidity and freedom from warping. This
durability outweighs the small cost saving of using thinner material.
Assemble using a waterproof PVA type glue using nails or
The version as drawn above is simple to make and very
petroleum jelly is used on
the on the main panel and
linseed oil or outdoor
enamel paint is used on the outer edges, the item will give many
years of good service.
The roof is fitted to the top of the hive using
"Z" springs to
hold it firmly in place.
Revised... 14 August 2001, 23 May 2002