This type of floor was designed by Mr Nantes (I do not
know the date) the BBKA have
promoted it in the past, but do not think it is available from any UK
manufacturers at present. The sloping base allows for drainage of
water that may be driven into the hive through the entrance or ill
Sundown Floor for National
The Grain should run along the longest dimension of any part.
Cutting of parts (all dimensions in mm).
This floor has the same form whichever way up it is.
||18||9||Pine||Rear Top Rim|
Front Under Rim
||Floor Boards (see note)|
9 mm is specified for the thickness of the under rim
material, but commercial supplies are often of 8 mm thickness, using
8 mm is unlikely to cause any problems. The side rails will need
reducing to compensate.
Assemble using a waterproof PVA type glue and 50 mm pins or use
twinthread woodscrews for a more reliable and permenant job.
If petroleum jelly
is used on the rim and linseed oil
is used on the Rest of the parts, the item will give many
years of good service.
The entrance block for use with this type of floor is a
special one (illustrated below) that does not fit any other type of
With this floor
type the the entrance block can be fitted to block the entrance,
allow a 9 mm entrance and can be removed to provide an 18 mm entrance.
The block is best made from hardwood to reduce distortion due to
Spare entrance blocks can be made with different sized
notches cut out to provide an entrance reducing feature.
The individual floorboards can be any random width
to make a full set that totals 463 mm.The type of joint to be used,
as per the detail at right, will depend on the machining facilities
Revised... 02 October 2001