Coming soon the new Cathedral Hive Kit

Cathedral Hive parts of the Bill of Materials
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 

The Cathedral Hive Kit

Some tools and jigs needed

 

Coming soon the new Cathedral Hive Kit

Cathedral Hive parts of the Bill of Materials
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 



Cathedral Hive parts Window Detail
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 
Let's look again at that windowed side. We use silicone glue. Be sure that the silicone has several weeks to off gas before the bees come home
Check the hive plans to see how the routing for the glass allows for expansion and contraction of the wood. If this is to tight it will crack the glass.
"Well I just use plastic plexiglass, you might think" I've seen it done ! Not so good.
The plexiglass will scratch easily and every time you clear the brace comb you window will get scratched and because of the temperature
differences seems to bow and pop off.

Cathedral Hive parts Window Detail
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 
The Window Cover detail.


If you are accurate in this step and get the screws right in the middle of the side panels the hive will be sturdy and strong.








Cathedral Hive parts Entrance Detail
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 
Side View: Front Panel Etched with Landing Board piece ready to be drilled in place. Again ignore the braces.

Cathedral Hive parts Edges
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Brace Supports! Showing the two sizes. The shorter size goes on the top and bottom of the hive and the longer ones will go on the hive sides.

Cathedral Hive parts Edges
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 
Brace Supports! Showing the angle for the hive side braces. Note the angle is the same for each end. Now lets look at the way they come
together with he shorter top and bottom braces.

Cathedral Hive parts Edges
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 
Ah ha! see braces demystified. Brace Supports laid out as they will be placed on the Upper and Lover Sections once they are assembled.
Lets call this a "set" to keep things clear.

See the shorter brace has two opposite angles to fit the side braces.

For the "Top section" of the hive, you will attach three of these "sets", they will be located:

1. right behind the front end panel
2. another "set" will be glued and attached just in front of the"back end panel"
3. you guessed it! A "set" will be attached to the top section of the hive in the middle.

For the "Bottom Section of the hive" same locations, but flip over the "sets" and of course you done want to put a brace in the middle side
panel because you would end up covering over your windows or window. It is good to have a brace on the Bottom of the hive, right?


Cathedral Hive parts Edges
(Photo credit: Corwin Bell)
 
Brace Supports laid out as they will be placed on the lower Section of the hive. Try to ignore the obvious use in the photo of top front panel.
just imagine that it is the Bottom End Panel.

See! Pretty simple if you see the hive parts laid out. Just think of this. You make 6 identical sides with a couple of
slightly different modifications. Then 4 of the exactly same end panels, 2 big and easy to cut roof panels, a hand full of braces that are only two different sizes,
Window cover, landing board extension that a child could make :) and you just put it together and soon your new Cathedral Hive will be
buzzing with bees!

 

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