Beecentric Hive Components, Diagram, and Assembly
Whether you’ve ordered a Beecentric Hive through the mail or your just curious about how it all goes together, we’re a brief overview of the Beecentric Hive components and how to assemble them.
Assembling Beecentric Hive Boxes
To keep shipping costs affordable, Beecentric Hives in shipped with unassembled boxes. Each box consists of four pieces – two long sides and two short faces. All four parts will have handes nearest the top of the box. When assembling, make sure that handles are on the outside.
To assemble your boxes, you will need:
- A flat, Level Working Surface
- Exterior Wood Glue
- Speed Square
- Rubber mallet
- A Brad Nailer with 1 1/2″ to 2″ Exterior Brad Nails OR Exterior Finishing Nails OR Exterior Screws
- Identify two side pieces and two face pieces required to build one box.
- Pick up one of the long side pieces and identify the handle. Rotate the piece such that the handle appears to be near the top.
- Flip the piece horizontally such that the handle is facing your working surface.
- Dab or brush the surface of the finger-joints with wood glue.
- One at a time, insert the shorter two pieces into the freshly glued finger joints. The frame rests should be facing each other while the handles should be facing outwards.
- Gently tap the boards together with a rubber mallet. If you do not have a rubber mallet, use a block of wood and a hammer.
- Use a square to test that both boards are perpendicular to the working surface.
- Dab or brush the exposed surfaces of the finger joints.
- Use a mallet to insert the remaining piece ensuring that the handle is on the outside and nearest the top of the box.
- Rotate your box, using your mallet and square to close any gaps and test for square.
- Use a brad-nailer to add a nail to the outermost finger joints. Be careful not to nail into the frame rests. If you do not have a brad-nailer, use thin exterior finishing screws or nails. When using nails or screws, it is advisable to drill a 1/16″ pilot hole which will prevent the wood from splitting.
Painting Your Beecentric Hive
To protect your hive from the elements and increase its longevity paint all of its exterior surfaces. Products such as exterior-grade primers and latex or oil paints work well but should be allowed to dry thoroughly before exposing to honeybees.
Only paint the outside surfaces of the hive and leave any internal surfaces natural as the bees will cover it was a layer or propolis – a sticky resin collected from plants.
For a more natural look like the hives pictured on this website, apply two or three treatments of linseed oil. Linseed oil is pressed from flax and is food safe. Though, admittedly, it is not as durable as paint and will need annual reapplications.
For a more durable natural finish, buy or make a linseed oil and beeswax finish. I’ve have been tempted to try tung oil but have not done so yet.