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Not the most practical hive I could make but I am having fun with it. The inner dimensions are standard but that's about it.:lol: I made this thing out of 3/4 AC plywood and then used some siding from a job site to side it. A total of 1-1/2 in thick! The bottom board is screened. I was going to stop there but then I got a hold of some thin copper and gave it a copper roof. With the leftovers I figured "why not make some gutters and downspouts". The downspouts are not attached so the lid can come off easy. I am thinking about making small copper porch lights and scavenging the led and solar panels from some cheap landscape lights and installing those on each side on the front. Those things never really get light so they should not bother the bees.

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Like I said: Not the most practical but fun to play with :grin:

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Thanks Perry. The gutters and downspouts were the hardest. I cut a piece of wood at a tapper on the table saw and bent the copper around it to make the gutters. I used a square piece of wood to form the downspouts. I don't Think I am done yet, there is still ideas rolling around in my head. Maybe at Christmas I will put lights on the eves. :rolling:
 

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You could set something like that in the middle of your front yard an no one would ever suspect you had bees! :lol: :thumbsup:
 

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I like it but it is really going to be a pain to extend that down spout every time you add a super:)
Nice job and attention to detail.
 

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haha, a rocking chair would be cool, Tommy

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I think this is going to stay a one story (maybe two deeps) structure. I'm either going to use it as a queen rearing box or I will use it to put the queens with the best genetics in there and swap frames from her to raise new queens.
 

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Mark, One of my first thoughts when I looked at it was that you have to find a way to use it as a one story hive. It's almost a shame if you don't place it out front. I'm a woodworker and stuff like that just automatically needs to be displayed in my mind.
 

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Beautiful! I love it!!
How about a little mailbox?

I'm keeping a couple of 10 frame deep hives going too, just going to keep them that size for fun and to hedge up my odds for winter survivors without having too many big hives in my yard.
 

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Until they peeked inside:lol:
That hive is really great---maybe you'd like to cut holes in some of the panels and close them with glass or perspex "windows" so those who want can look inside.:grin:
 

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I love it too! Beautiful! And I agree about adding a rocking chair, lights, mailbox and windows (with pretty lacy curtains). :grin:

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Looks like I have some work to do. :lol: I'm having trouble with the porch lights. Working with the copper on that small of a scale is difficult but I think I have the solution. The mailbox should be easier.
 

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With tiny bees inside? :lol:
 

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lacy curtains? But seriously, what an observation hive, it is so beautiful. Love the rocking chair idea. Don't know what the bees will think of it. If they learn to rock in it, well now those would be some pretty special bees.

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