Tuesday, December 29, 2009

More on Pocket Hole Bee Hives

A number of people have expressed doubts about the longevity of hives made with with pocket holes. They also are concerned about small hive beetles using the pocket holes as a hiding place.

I'm still planning on putting my 10 hives into service made with pocket holes. I've glued the joints and used five screws per corner.Time will be the judge of their stability.

I think the hiding places for beetles is a serious issue though. I found it really difficult to fill the holes just with a putty knife. The air pressure just push the wood filler back out.

The cool thing about wood filler is that it's about the same consistency as icing. I pulled out a cake icing bag and used it to fill in the holes!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Planning May Begin

The seed company catalogues all arrived today. They sure do have farmers pegged.  We've just started thumbing through the pages.  Some Fuji apple trees caught my eye in the Stark Bro's catalogue. I'm putting them on my wish list.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Pocket Hole Bee Hive

I visited my local woodworking shop looking for a better box joint jig. I explained that I was making a number of bee hives and I needed repeatability. He took me a completely different direction with the pock hole jig. He swore up and down that the joint is just as strong as a box joint.

I'm game for anything once. So, I'm making ten hives with this new method this year. We'll see how they hold up.